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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lifestyle Design – Part II

Posted by Tim Stobbs on April 8, 2010

As I mentioned in my comment on yesterday’s post I think my version of the time requirement for the board job is a bit high.  I do get periods of time off from the job (ie: this week I’ve only had like two emails since the kids are not in school) and I am noticing the time requirement going down in this month.  I think March was just a bit more brutal than expected (for example I spent about 2 days interviewing people, which is an unusual event), so that perhaps it is skewing my view of the time commitment.

Now today’s post is more about what do I want with my time.  Which seems like an easy question, but in reality it is hard to figure out what you want the most some days.  In general I think some of my dissatisfaction in my current life comes from not having enough writing time.  That is something I do enjoy and this blog is sucking up a large amount of that time right now.  I’ve realized I’ve settled for writing for this blog as it gave me a feeling of success, but it’s not what I really want.  I want to tell stories and this is a very limited platform to do that.  I still want to finish my book I’ve started related to this blog but I also would love to spend more time working on short stories and a novel I’ve got started.  I understand there is no money in fiction writing, but I still like to do it.

I also want more time to myself in a week.  I’m the kind of person that NEEDS some time to myself each day, I don’t function well without it taking some alone time.  I do manage to usually get a short decompress time (~10 to 15 minutes) each day after work (a big thank you to my wife who makes that possible).  Yet I find it hard to block out some time during the weekend to do something just for me.  If I took more time for this I could also be happy in a writing course in the fall if I can swing the time (even if it is during the week).

The last item I want to do more of is working on projects for the house.  I realized during a project this last weekend how much I really enjoy working on painting, flooring, tiling and even landscaping.  Just right now it seems these projects are always on the bottom of my to do list.  For example, I think I’ve had the material to do my tiling project I did over the weekend for the last six months but I only just completed it on Monday.

Of course I could go on, but these are the items that came to the top of my list while I was brainstorming for this post.  Tomorrow I’ll look at some possible solutions to this mess and how to rebalance my time/money to better manage my happiness.  Now what in your life would you want to do more of and what would you be willing to give up to do it?

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2 Responses to “Lifestyle Design – Part II”
  1. “I’ve realized I’ve settled for writing for this blog as it gave me a feeling of success, but it’s not what I really want. I want to tell stories and this is a very limited platform to do that. I still want to finish my book I’ve started related to this blog but I also would love to spend more time working on short stories and a novel I’ve got started. I understand there is no money in fiction writing, but I still like to do it.”

    Amen! I switched from working on my novel to blogging back in October because the move to France was front and center in my mind and I wanted to write about real life. . .but now I miss fiction. AND I wonder how possible it really is to do both. I guess i could try to carve out 2 hours a day for writing and switch off between novel and blog . . . (I also occasionally sneak a travel story into my blog and am not above sticking a story in there at some point.)

    Good luck with your lifestyle design. It’s always about carving out more time, isn’t it.

  2. There’s lot more I’d like to do, but most of it involves money or time I’m not willing to give up. Hopefully the wife starts work next month and I can make those become a reality.

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