Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Time-Debt Trap

I've not written for a bit.

Been struggling for time. Aaah, that old chestnut I hear you shouting. What the frigging hell are you doing typing this then if you are so busy???

Screw you, voices.

If you read this blog you will know that I have quite a few 'things' on. OK I have too much shit on to mention. To summarise:

* 3 adorable children who I'll call Emily, Alice and Rosie a) because that is there names and b) because if I called them what I usually want to call them then I very well may be labelled a 'bad mother' and have a boot up my arse.

* History degree. Part time, so I've been studying for FIVE FRIGGING YEARS now, and it's getting hard

* Work. I work three long days in admin, in Manchester. 80 mile round commute, takes ages.

So I am struggling for time.

I am in what I like to call the time-debt trap. I owe everyone time. And I am fast sinking into a spiral of uncontrollable time-debt that I can't get out of. I can't keep up with my ironing, with my reading, and of course any sort of beauty regime is well and truly out of the window.

Well...can you?

This past week has been a nightmare. As you may or may not know, Rosie DON'T sleep. This leads to me being in work late. So I owe them time.

But I also owe Emily time to watch her play football. So I leave work early and owe work more time. I haven't read my uni book. So I read it while Warren puts Alice to bed.

So I owe Alice time.

Rosie don't sleep so she gets enough time. The massive time-parasite-type child.

So what do we do with all this time debt? I have tried the following, to no avail:

  • Storing up my wees for the day. Yes, that's right. I can save at least fifteen minutes doing this. It's not big, not clever and is definitely going to end in tears. Ones that roll down my leg.
  • Leaving out hair washing. This saves a good twenty minutes when you take into account drying and faffing around. The only real problem is that I look like a greasy homeless pineapple, hair sticking out dry at the top, and plastered to my face, stuck with my beautiful natural hair oil.

So what are my real options? Do I have any? Can I get all this time-debt written off? Can I pay it back in small, manageable chunks? Can some bailiffs come round and just take some stuff of me in payment?

What about a consolidation time-loan??

Any ideas?



  1. Voluntary Liquidation now comes with free Brazilians, I heard ..?

  2. WifeMumStudentBum11 March 2014 at 21:38

    ha ha. Might be an option...

  3. Um stick your fingers in your ears, pour a large glass of wine and try and ignore everybody #helpful
    I think YOU need a bit of me time Mrs x

  4. Hilarious post but my goshness you need some me time. Can i just say - IRONING? Surely that is one to leave out? What about reading history books on the loo? While ironing? You totally nailed the mum-time conundrum. There must be some time-lenders out there? xx

  5. Colette Burgess13 March 2014 at 19:10

    Totally agree! Stop with the guilt, do the things that *have* to be done & leave the rest x

  6. WifeMumStudentBum13 March 2014 at 20:56

    I'm trying to re-jig. Not sure how. I'll figure it out ! :) xxx

  7. WifeMumStudentBum13 March 2014 at 20:57

    MEEEEEEEEE time. *breathes* I definitely need me time xxx

  8. WifeMumStudentBum13 March 2014 at 20:57

    I am going to take this advice xxx

  9. SchoolhouseMumma14 March 2014 at 13:24

    Admire you! I'm a similar mum from Australia, studying a history degree but not working. It's hard work. Keep it up, I love reading your posts.

  10. WifeMumStudentBum15 March 2014 at 00:02

    Thanks lovely. It's hard. But I definitely wouldn't have it any other way, I just need to try and work smart - not hard! All the best to you as well! x


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