Most days I have time for some sort of activity. At different times of the day, I have little windows for different activities. Not all activities are appropriate, and these times and activities change daily, weekly, seasonally.
I read sometime somewhere (who'd remember) something about always being able to make time to run. Ie. if you have time to watch TV, you had time to go for a run. If you have time to sit down and read, you have time to run. But it isn't always that simple. Sometimes that TV watching is during that 25 minutes I have between other commitments. And maybe I had time to run for 20 minutes but what I do not have time for is dressing or cleaning up afterwards to be somewhere. Some of us cannot just go on in our running clothes. Mine will be soaked, and this time if year I am FREEZING cold with wet hair and a chill from the outside. I have to change, dry off, get dressed in warm and dry, and ideally get coffee ;) Or Tea.
It's winter in NS. That means it gets dark by about 5 pm, and doesnt get light again until after 7 am. I dont mind the dark but with the icy roads and snowbanks making the roads super skinny, it's realistically not always safe to run. So my running time coincides with my working time, and unless I can steal away a bit of time to run, I am stuck with dark. Then I need to drive, find some lit sidewalks, and hope I dont hit ice. Its all good, most days it works out ok.
I do find that I will think in the morning "ok I can do this at this time, or that at that time, or one more at another time". If I dont get this or that at the right time, Im out of luck for the day. I generally do not leave my runs to the end, in case I run out of time. Because sometimes I can redistribute and throw a run in, and other times I cannot.
Monday was my day off. And although the plan was for Cross training, I didn't. Friday is my day off but Friday will be my cross training day and Monday is day off now because at least for the next 12 weeks I am going to be in class from 9 until 5, on my feet teaching, no time for a run. Ah yes, there is that window between 12 and 1 that is open for a run. I suppose I could and someone who is really dedicated would take that window. That is where I would usually sit down for a few minutes, have a lunch, answer emails, see students, and clear my head before 2 very lnog and busy lab periods in the afternoon. So generally I wont run, and by evening Im a wreck, tired, cranky, too many people, too much noise. I could do something else in the evening but I likely wont. Lets be honest.