31 Day Reset: Day 12, 13 &14: Life Narrative, Time Assessment & Time Audit

For the Month of January I will be doing/blogging the #31DayReset over @ HappyBlackWoman.com

Day 12:

Your ideal life narrative is basically you telling a story about the life you want for yourself. It answers questions like:

§ What are you doing on a daily basis in your ideal life?

§ Who are you spending your time with?

§ How are you earning your living?

§ Where are you living?

§ How are you spending your leisure time?

The only requirement to this exercise is that you use nothing but present tense statements. You should say “I am” or “I have” to indicate that you are already living your ideal life. To complete this exercise, you will incorporate your goals, hopes and dreams from your life map using these seven specific areas of your life:

§ Lifestyle

§ Work

§ Education

§ Finances

§ Health

§ Family

§ Relationships

To express your response to this exercise, you should take a fresh look at your life map and write out in paragraph form exactly what your life would look like with all seven areas combined. You should be as specific as possible – you want to paint an inspiring mental picture with your narrative.

My name is Nellie and I currently live in Brooklyn, New York. I am very happy with my living situation, as we are settled in the home we purchased a year ago. I currently enjoy my job, and I continue to improve my skills on a day to day basis. I have completed my project management certification and I use those newly acquired skills on a daily basis. I currently have complete control of my finances with comprehensive plans to pay off large debt such as my mortgage, student loans and my small credit card debt with large interest rates.

After a successful recovery from my second c-section I have returned to my pre-pregnancy weight through diet, exercise and hard work. I am taking better care of myself by not only working out consistently, but by eating healthier as well. I have researched and tried new healthy (tasty) recipes for my family.

I have begun to work on my relationships on a daily (not weekly or monthly) basis. I am consistently reaching out ot family and friends via texts, emails and phone calls and as a result I am building better and strengthening relationships. I have figured out how to fit in time to build these relationships, while managing being a wife and a mother.

Day 13:

Today’s assignment requires you to think critically about how you spend your time. In order to do this, you will conduct a 24-Hour Time Audit. Simply use the format below to account for each hour of your time on a typical 24-hour period. You may also look to how you spent your time yesterday or in a pattern over the past week.

I am going to do a normal work day since these days are majorly different since I am on maternity leave.

6:00am-7:00am: Getting Ready for Work
7:00am-8:00am: Commuting to Work
8:00am-9:00am: Work Begins
9:00am-10:00am: Work continues
10:00am-11:00am: Work Continues
11:00am-12:00pm: Work Continues
12:00pm:1:00pm: Gym
1:00pm-2:00pm: Work Continues
2:00pm-3:00pm: Work Continues
3:00pm-4:00pm: Work Continues
4:00pm-5:00pm: Commute to Daycare
5:00pm-6:00pm: Pick up son
6:00pm-7:00pm: Prepare dinner for family
7:00pm-8:00pm: eat
8:00pm-9:00pm: Watch a little tv/bathtime
9:00pm-10:00pm: Sleep
10:00pm-11:00pm: Sleep
11:00pm-12:00am: Sleep
12:00am-1:00am: Sleep
1:00am-2:00am: Sleep
2:00am-3:00am: Sleep
3:00am-4:00am: Sleep
4:00am-5:00am: Sleep
5:00am-6:00am: Get up for Work

No surprise here! I have no time for myself (except gym time) during my normal workday. I need to figure out a way to get some more time in there for me, and stop the madness that is my non stop work day!

Day 14:

Today’s assignment is to outline a strategy to redesign your day to make more time for the things truly matter to you. You can present your redesign plan in a simple paragraph or a bullet point format. Your plan to redesign your day might include the following (these are just ideas to jog your brain):

§ Wake up earlier (or later)

§ Negotiate different working hours at your job

§ Eat a healthy breakfast in the morning

§ Schedule 30 minutes for exercise or just a walk around the neighborhood

§ Pack a lunch instead of spending time and money on eating out every day

§ Use your lunch break to take care of personal appointments, work on your business or blog, read a book or call to check on a loved one

§ Cut out activities that “kill time” i.e. mindlessly checking text messages, unproductive phone calls

§ Stop surfing the internet for long periods of time without a real purpose

§ Go to bed earlier (or later)

§ Schedule time for daily meditation or prayer

Just like any other busy mother and wife, we all wish that we could get another 4 or 5 hours in the day to keep ourselves sane. Unfortunately there isn’t much fine tuning I can do to my schedule. However, I do want to schedule a time for devotional/spiritual meditation (morning or evening commute?) Possibly going to bed earlier (which is a little sketchy right now since I have two young children). I would love to pack a lunch daily, but it has to be healthy. I am known for packing a lunch that would knock me in to a deep slumber by 2pm! Sure I saved money but the healthy aspect went right out the window! LoL

My lunch break has always been my little 60 minutes of me time, usually I go to the gym, or run errands, either way it’s the time that I take to myself to regroup. I love that time! It is honestly the best time spent all day.



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.

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  1. Mrs. Pancakes says:

    Nellie, I’m really like how reflective these questions are. And the fact that you use your 60mins for the gym and to run errands is awesome…you are definitely carving out time for yourself!

  2. Yes. Those 60 minutes keep me sane!

  3. Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic says:

    Way to go for sticking with the 31 Day Reset!! This really takes time and a lot of thought.

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