Every night it is the same story. The lady and I are relaxing at home when we look at the clock and say “it’s 10pm already?” When this happens you look back and start to wonder what you made of your day. Day jobs consume so much of our time that it can be tough to find that right routine where you get to unwind, but also finish the stuff you have always wanted to get done.
I like to think it is even more difficult for me because there are so many things that I want to do that don’t involve the day job. But I know that is bullshit. We all want to accomplish things in our life that extend beyond just collecting a paycheck and many of us think that there just isn’t enough time. I don’t mean starting our own business, but maybe you want to start a garden. How do you do that when you travel to work, do work, take a lunch break, work some more, and then travel home? After you have done all that who really wants to dive into something else? The brain needs some time to relax as well.
The problem seems to be that the relaxation time turns into an all-night thing and before you know it, it is off to bed.
What about the weekend? Ah, the blessed time of the week where we think about all the fun stuff we get to accomplish. However, I have found that my weekends involve me worrying about how much time I have left before Monday than actually getting anything done. I like to tell myself that there just isn’t enough time, but I know that is bullshit as well. There is always time and I get to dictate how that time is spent.
In the end we spend our time exactly how we want to spend it. If I want to spend the rest of my life working for someone else I will spend my time doing that. If I want to spend 20 hours a week watching television then I will do that. If I want to spend it making a better life for myself, one that I can proud of when I’m laying on my death bed, then I will spend it doing that.
It isn’t about finding some cool productivity scheme that will help me knock out a todo list. It is more about understanding how I want to spend my time from now on. If I can figure that out then my schedule and priorities will take care of themselves.