Friday, August 7, 2009

What I'm Doing With My Life

To recap, this is what I'm doing with my life:

  • work
  • sleep
  • run life (grocery, laundry, etc.)
  • fritter
  • skate
  • write
...such that I will eventually get paid to write and can quit work.

I mean work is not bad, I don't hate my job. As you can see, that's high on the scale for what it is. I may have the one job that could work for what I want. Somehow in a moment of situational genius during my interview, I negotiated for a 36-hour work week & that extra half-hour I get to keep for myself every day just makes the difference. And there are other intangibles, such as pretty much never being interfered with; nobody wastes my time, you can imagine how that rates with me. The upshot is, though 36 hours is still a pretty good chunk of a 168-hour week (actually, 21 percent), it just balances out with the rest of my time & it stays balanced, because it stays contained.

This idea of containment, I think, is probably good for work-leisure balance in general, even if you love your work; but it's totally critical if you're running any kind of work-replacement strategy, like I am. You can pack a lot in, if you're very organized & you can be very organized if you know the size, shape, and number of what you have to pack in. And less so, if you don't know. But you know, I'm living for the day when I can relax and not be so rigorous...

I would like to find out what it means to be "sorting balanced" and "sorting unbalanced," because they sound like good descriptive terms for how you're living at any given time. Because it's not just work that can, shall we say, sort unbalanced. I positively glower at how much time sleep takes up, I probably short myself a couple hours every night & it's the worst of both worlds: I'm not getting enough sleep, and I'm not getting as much work done because I'm tired. I do all right with running my life and frittering, because I do the minimum I need, which I need, and that's all I need.

And then there's skating, and then there's writing. Herein lies the battle. I think I'm probably already skating unbalanced, and thinking alla time about adding to that; writing needs strike back, and soon. Within writing itself, I'm writing unbalanced too much on Facebook notes and, probably, too much on this blog, and not enough time travel short or zombie feature.

And so, I tweak and try a new system:

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
PASTIME
 
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Grocery & Cooking
PASTIME
 
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Laundry & Cleaning
PLAY
Derby Lite
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
WORK
Office
HOBBY
Review & Plan
PASTIME
Choppers
PLAY
MOD Skate
HOBBY
Write
HOBBY
Write
PLAY
Derby Lite
PASTIME
 
PASTIME
 

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