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?