This was one of the busiest weeks I’ve had lately, and it wasn’t because I suddenly had a lot going on in my life.
I simply decided to get serious about my fitness routine, and I had to try to find time for that in a week that already didn’t have much free time given my work schedule with overtime, my desire to write on a daily basis, my need to relax a little, and my hope to find a new relationship.
I know how to juggle, but even with those special skills, I was barely able to remain upright and not fall off the tightrope I find myself navigating lately.
I’m just in from a walk in the rain (I had to get my steps in, and I had no control over the fact that it was raining), and I can finally relax and head out to the Think Tank to get my Deep Thoughts on.
Anyone else ready to join me? This is one block of time I always set aside because the Friday Night Think Tank is the perfect place to unwind after a long, hectic week.
This week’s topic: How in the world do you find the perfect balance to fit in everything you both need and want in your life?
I don’t know how some of you do it, Modern Philosophers. I don’t have a particularly hectic life, there are no kids to worry about, and no significant other whose schedule I have to consider, but I feel like I am always hopelessly out of time.
Right now, my main goals are to work out every day, fit some overtime into my schedule, get some writing done, and try to relax and have some sort of a social life.
And it just doesn’t seem possible.
We are allowed to work ten hours of overtime a week, and I have been maxing out on that, but there was no way I could get in a morning run or walk and still put in a ten hour day at the office.
I tried, was getting up before dawn and then crashing every day around 3:00.
So this week, I decided to cut the OT substantially and only work an extra half hour a day. That allowed me to still wake up at a decent hour and get in my exercise before heading to the office.
I had to sacrifice a nice chunk of change to do that, but it seemed the right call.
The main problem there was that when I got home, I was running on vapors, still had a nightly commitment to a bloggers’ group, and didn’t always have the time, energy, or creative juices to do any writing.
And there was absolutely no time to be social once dinner was done and I’d gone for a quick after dinner walk. I barely had the time or the energy to play with the kitties and then crash on the couch to watch a little TV.
The fitness program is very important because getting back into shape is necessary for my overall wellness, but it will also boost my self-confidence and (theoretically) make me more attractive to potential dates, which will help me (I hope) get into a new relationship.
Writing daily is just as important to my self-confidence, but it is also a much needed coping skill. My job is necessary to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly, but it is a major source of stress. Writing counteracts that stress. It reminds me that I’m more than a desk monkey and allows me to escape from reality, if only momentarily.
So where do I find more time? I’m trying very hard to get eight hours of sleep a night so I have the energy to tackle my packed daily schedule. I’m worried if I stay up later to get more done, the reduction of sleep time will come back to haunt me in the long run.
I feel like everything is upside down right now because I’m totally off balance. The fitness plan is going really well, so I don’t want to have to cut back on that when I’m seeing such great results.
I’m open to all advice and input on this one. Please don’t hold back…
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