And it's about time. (Really, it has to do with time.)
Before we jump into the details of personal carbon reduction, let's talk about time. Most of us, myself included, complain that there's not enough time in the day, and that time controls us. Maybe it's time to do something about that.
Let me lay out two possible mornings for me:
I watched one too many shows on Netflix last night. The alarm catches me off guard, so I snooze it for
I wake up ten minutes before the alarm. (I shut the TV off by 9:30 last night and got some stuff ready before going to bed.) I get up before the alarm (which allows my wife to get a little more sleep.) Shave/shower/dress - I laid out my clothes last night, so dressing goes quickly. I fed the dogs last night, so I just top off their bowls. I spend a few minutes scratching Mattie and Kylie. Their joy is infectious. I smile and laugh while scratching them. I packed the backpack last night and set the helmet, lock, and glasses with the backpack. I grab my leftovers from the freezer. I head off on the bike knowing that I am early enough to get a good table at the coffeehouse and not wait in line, and knowing that I will arrive at work with a feeling of accomplishment rather than relief at having made it through the rat race.
Does any of it sound familiar? The more time you
Low hanging fruit to create more time:
- Turn off the TV - or turn it off sooner. Set a limit before you sit down.
- Same thing with the phone/computer game
- Same thing with Face-A-Gram-A-Twit
- Go to bed twenty minutes earlier and get up ten minutes earlier
- Set aside a little time dedicated to housekeeping
- Set aside a little time dedicated to thought, meditation, prayer, whatever floats your brain
- Examine the day - figure out what made it more or less stressful and adjust as needed
May tiny steps lead to massive change.