posted on Jun, 30 2011 @ 12:51 AM
Today I would like to mention something I have yet to see in a survival thread.
The issue of “Time Management”
So what do I mean by time management and how does that fit into or have anything to do whatsoever with survival? Well I’ll tell you, but first let
me explain my own situation and how it affects my daily life.
Some who may have spoken with me in the past know that I am an American Expatriate living in South East Asia. Needless to say 99% of South East Asia
is 3rd world country living conditions. Surprisingly enough the level of hardship one experiences is highly dependent on what a person is willing to
put up with, NOT how much money you make.
I personally enjoy the bare minimum, not so much because of cost but because I enjoy spending my money on things I want and not on bills. The one
problem I do have an issue with and one I have had to spend several years acclimating myself to is “Time Management”.
You see, everything I do is comparatively speaking a pain in the ass compared to life in the States. If I want food I have to go to the
market, because I have no refrigerator, so I have to cut and prepare my food every day. No quickie frozen meals or pre-sacked items.
If I cook I have to start a fire and cook with coconut coal constantly fanning the flames to keep it hot enough to cook my food evenly. If I want
rice I have to clean the rice first and pick out the rocks that may be in it.
If I want to eat beef I have to first boil or pressure cook it for an hour just to soften it up enough to be edible.
If I wash clothes it is by hand, outside. First soak with a bar of soap, then scrub, then rinse, then hang, and hope it doesn’t rain. I have to wait
until midnight for water and then I have to replenish two 30 gallon drums, 6, 16 liter buckets, and one large Ice chest. I have to carry the water
back and forth for the next 4 hours. That means I get to sleep at four in the morning at the earliest. This is all on top of taking care of my 6 year
old daughter and my Odesk job as a freelance graphic artist.
Pretty much everything I do depletes much more time than it did in America. In America most issues that take time have been solved, and are
significantly shortened. People have grown accustomed to having to work less and consequently have more time to spend doing other things-usually
That’s why I wanted everyone to consider Time management in the event they decide to bug out. Because depending on the situation, you may find that
if you are ill prepared to handle the things that “MUST” be done, you are going to be sore out of luck before things get better.
The really isn’t for those people planning on bugging out to a farm house that has similar accommodations as their normal home. This is for the bug
out man or woman putting it all out on the line and really roughing it. I just wanted to make sure everyone considers how much planning you have to do
in the event you are living in a less than refined situation.
Do you have to hunt? How long will it take to check your traps, to skin your food, to clean your fish and prepare it for dinner? How about gathering
wood, and starting a fire, or cleaning up after yourself.
Mending clothes that have torn making repairs in other places, Re-baiting traps and fishing lines, Making traps and improvised mechanisms and most of
all acquiring, and purifying you water.
Washing your clothes, your dishes, drying your clothes, cleaning your firearms, scouting locations and the list goes on. It is a matter of fact that
the majority if not all of your day from sun up to sun down will be spent performing some kind of laborious or monotonous task that will test you
patience to the limit; moreover you will be doing this every single day until you have the opportunity to stop. Getting out and doing this for a week
at a time is no sweat. Doing it for months or even years at a time will be something you have to get used to.
Time management is an abstract concept in regards to survivalist life style and one I didn’t want people to over look.
So the next time you consider what you are going to do when bugging out ask yourself, “Do I have enough time in my day to accomplish all my tasks
successfully?” And then work accordingly.
For those wondering how I do all this and still play on ATS, the answer is simple,…I half ass A LOT, and I sleep only 3 to 4 hours a day.