Leap Year Lesson #219: Don’t Fill Every Hour of Your Day With Activity

Posted: August 11, 2012 in Work-Life Balance
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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.

  1. Doug Sallee says:

    Although sleep is overrated sometimes even I know 5 hours isn’t enough and can lead to health problems. Get some rest!!

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