Posted by Tim Stobbs on April 7, 2010
So after thinking about my last post for a while I determined I’ve been thrown out of whack by taking on a second job. I enjoy the job itself, so that isn’t the problem, but rather my problem is how much time that job is sucking up from the rest of my life. The end result is I’m stretched too thin because I haven’t been honest enough with myself to say my life has changed so I need to determine what to keep in my life and what to dump off.
So that is the problem. I’ve got too much on my plate, so know I have to look at ways to alter my lifestyle to best use what time/money I do have to achieve what I want most (also referred to as lifestyle design). So let’s look at what I am doing.
In any given week I have approximately 115.5 hours less the time I spend sleeping. Out of that time I do the following larger time items which I’ve attached several points (pro, con, possible change):
- Day job for 38.9 hours a week, plus 2.5 hours commuting. Pro = good pay, lots of time off and interesting work. Con = a company work culture that is resistant to change which results in my frustration at times. Possible change = In 2011, use flexible benefit to increase time off by 7 days/year to help offset board job time requirements but this would mean less money into my pension plan.
- Board job = 10 to 15 hours a week. Pro = meaningful and interesting work, decant pay for the hours. Con = unpredictable time requirements and I’m stuck with the job until my term ends in the fall of 2012. Possible change = skip more optional events that don’t require my attendance.
- Blog = 5 to10 hours a week. Pro= meaningful work and interesting discussion. Con = poor pay and leaves little time for other writing. Possible change = Cut back on posting frequency.
In total that means just those three activities are eating up on average 60.9 hours a week or just about half (53%) of my waking time during the week. That doesn’t include doing cooking, cleaning, playing with kids, or having anything that resembles a relationship with my wife. So if you add in an estimate of those that cuts into another 35 to 40 hours a week, leaving me with 17.1 hours a week for any everything else I need/want to do in a week like visiting friends/family, relaxing or working on hobby projects: writing a book and home improvement.
To some people 17.1 hours to do that might be enough, but you have to recall I used to have another 10 to 15 hours in the slot that I’m missing from the board job. I like my free time and I’m sorely missing it now that I’ve given up so much of it to a single thing. So tomorrow’s post I’ll look at what I want to do with what time I have and what that could cost me. Then on Friday’s post I’m going to make some decisions and start making changes.