Time Poor? Sustainability and Work/Life Balance

I have written before about how not having much money is not necessarily a barrier to sustainable change. But what about being time poor? One of the things that comes up time and time again when I speak to people about sustainability, permaculture and organic gardening is – time. Many people simply feel they do not have enough of it.

“Oh, I’d love to start growing my own but I just don’t have the time…”

“I’d love a more natural cleaning and beauty regime – but making my own – I don’t know. It’s so much quicker just to pop to the shop…”

“Who has the time to research every single product they buy?”

With my full time freelance work as a designer, consultant and writer, my garden and our barn conversion project, I completely understand the sentiment. Time often feels like it is in short supply. Sustainability is something that can take time, especially at first – but it is important that we find that time because the blunt truth of the matter is that time is running out when it comes to tackling our climate crisis.

In my opinion, careful analysis of time spent on different aspects of our lives is crucial to finding a sustainable life path. But budgeting time feels foreign for many, and it is something that is often overlooked.

By analysing how we spend our time, we can begin to move towards a less fragile and more resilient lifestyle. After all, lost time is never found.

I am not suggesting planning everything down to the last minute. But gaining a better idea of how you personally spend your days can often reveal useful information that can help you find a better balance in your life. It can help you realise where time is ‘wasted’ and devise strategies to avoid that waste and make better use of your time.

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