The Monday Muse. 27 hours.


This afternoon I realised that it takes me four minutes and 29 seconds to peel a satsuma. That’s over 31 minutes a week, which is around 1,631 minutes a year… otherwise known as 27 hours.

It has come as quite a shock to me that such a block of my time is dedicated to one of my five a day, and it has had me wondering how much time I waste on other humdrum tasks.

Five minutes more wasted and I have come up with this little list.

  1. Trying to get rid of pins and needles – 260 minutes
  2. Hiccuping – 312 minutes
  3. Stifling a yawn – 60 minutes
  4. Proofreading my text messages – 1,820 minutes
  5. Figuring out the meaning of an emoji – 60 minutes
  6. Trying to decide if I want sugar in my tea – 260 minutes

I hope you can understand why I am keeping this post short. I’m off to invent some time-saving, multi-tasking techniques.

NB If you think my satsuma peeling time is excessive, it’s because I have a fear of the straggly white bits.




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  1. I don’t even know what satsuma is, so I’m perfectly unprejudiced against your peeling it 😉 I think I get your point though. It’s scary but probably unavoidable. And I just realised you’re using the same category name as I, “Monday Muse” – so here’s to satsumas and alliteration!

    1. Haha, it’s a very small version of an orange! How funny, I hadn’t realised, great choice of category name 😉

  2. This counts as random, but I really wish I could peel an apple in one go.

    1. When you have an inclination towards sometimes being a bit weird (as I do), the randomness will out. But all the good stuff is in the apple skin! 😀

      1. I wouldn’t want you any other way. I don’t know how to describe your blog to others which you should take as a huge compliment 🙂

        1. HA. I will certainly take that as a compliment, THANKS!

  3. I hate the straggly white bits on satsumas too. I spend hours stripping them off.

    1. Yes! Someone who understands 🙂

  4. It’s compulsive. I have that with Kiwi (Fruit, of course) where I don’t want to lose pulp and it must be peeled with wafer thin peelings 🙁

    1. You’ve hit the nail on the head (without bending it, in order to create the neatest, compulsive-friendly nail ever hit).

  5. Andy says: Reply

    You proof read your text messages? You proof read your text messages? She proof reads her text messages.

    1. One of my pet hates (and also another time wasting activity) is having to decrypt text messages from certain people who don’t ever read them back. It’s maddening.

  6. I love your blog! Weird to think how much time we spend on the little things.

    1. Thank you! Yes, and it’s amazing what you discover when you start thinking about it. Such is life I guess.

  7. ~to decide if i want sugar in my tea is a problem fr me too xD

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