Here is what makes up my typical day:
- Work about 9-10 hours;
- Get in at least 15,000 steps (about 7.5 miles) as measured by my pedometer;
- Spend at least an hour in personal spiritual study and preparation for teaching Sunday School;
- Give the dog plenty of exercise;
- Clean up after the dog;
- Stay connected and up-to-date on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn during non-work hours for myself and for my company’s accounts;
- Spend about an hour blogging these daily lessons learned;
- Read multiple newsletters that come to my email inbox;
- Take part in occasional (not daily) activities with family and friends;
- Sleep maybe an average of five hours;
- And since I’m married… “other duties as assigned.”
That doesn’t leave a lot of free time to just relax. It’s my own fault, of course, since most of those things above (except work) are voluntarily taken on. If I stopped getting in steps, stopped blogging, stopped teaching and studying, disconnected from social media, stopped reading newsletters and nearly abandoned the dog, I would get about five hours a day back to do as I please.
I won’t give up any of those, of course. I chose to take them on in the first place because I prefer the benefit of doing them to the alternative of “wasted” time. Still, there is a danger of filling every hour with things that I think I ought to do without placing the much-needed item of occasional rest in that same category. When the schedule fills up so much that not even the weekend affords down time, I finally wonder if I have committed to too much.
For now I’ll carry on with the commitments I’ve made, but I’m keeping my eye on it. The first of the calendar year will be a natural time to adjust some of those to a better balance. At least I put in this week for some vacation in mid-September to stay home, although I have a lot of reading and writing on my agenda for that week already.
While I’m not sure I’ve really learned this lesson yet, leap year lesson #219 is Don’t fill every hour of the day with activity.