My 60 free extra hours a week

I've come with the above rough estimate of the time now I enjoy EVERY WEEK compare to my previous life, this is how i was on my case:
  • 10 hours, I don't spend commuting. Washington D.C. area is one of the worst in the U.S. regarding commute times, some areas are better than others but the I-66 corridor is notoriously bad, I endured that commute few times, but I see the folks going thru every day. From where I was to Washington D.C. proper it easily takes two hours. Costly too.
  • 7 hours.  Very little shopping for things and groceries. The routine before included visiting different grocery stores, malls, hardware stores, warehouse clubs for food, clothing, supplies and the occasional return or exchange.
  • 7 hours. House maintenance, including cleaning, yard work, buying supplies, small repairs, "improvements" even laundry is minimum now.
  • 15 hours. Watching TV or movies. I was not an avid watcher but I think this is a conservative estimate. I used to start with the morning "news", some "news" or shows, serials, documentaries every afternoon and the occasional movies on the weekend.
    From a  quick wikipedia search: Children aged 2-11 watch over 24 hours of TV per week, while adults aged 35-49 watch more than 33 hours, according to data from Nielsen that suggests TV time increases the older we get. The average American watches more than five hours of live television every day. Mar 5, 2014
  • 6 hours in other home management, like paying bills, checking personal and family emails, regular mail, online shopping, school activities etc. and car maintenance, vacuuming, washes.
  • 12 hours. I've never been good a cooking, and with so many offerings in a typical suburban environment there are many comparable solutions and options to dine without the effort of fully cooked menus. Lots of time saved shopping, planning meals, prepping, cooking, dish washing.
My kids are pretty much out of High School so I don't have to attend so many meetings, presentations and events as before. Luckily we never had pets. Even that they are comforting and entertaining, there are many financial and time obligations, I did get to try pet sitting for friends. It is a daily task. This new "time found" has given me more time to write, go to the gym, work on MY projects, attend events that I'm interested in and the flexibility to travel more freely. Another discussion will be what to do with this time, I don't want to fill it with busyness, I want it to be for my personal progress including things that are my passion. I have to admit that I went to a lengthy process of fearing judgment from acquaintances and family. In most of today's societies being busy is a sign of importance, of status. It gives people assurance of their worth in front of others. "Doing nothing" is always frowned on. Like are you ok, why you are not busy ? How do you feel when you don't have "anything" to do ?

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