I’ve been really busy lately. I try to write for a couple hours every morning before work. I then drive to the new job and put in five to six hours there. Then I start the second job, which is property manager. This includes the inevitable office work, as well as showing apartments. Then I jump into the third job: editing. Depending on my workload, I try to do this for several hours every day.
In the midst of all that, every freaking day, I have to find time to eat, spend time online, play with Suki, play with AJ, and oh yeah… SLEEP.
I know I’m not the only one with a brutal schedule. I found this at the NYTimes:
THINK for a moment about your typical workday. Do you wake up tired? Check your e-mail before you get out of bed? Skip breakfast or grab something on the run that’s not particularly nutritious? Rarely get away from your desk for lunch? Run from meeting to meeting with no time in between? Find it nearly impossible to keep up with the volume of e-mail you receive? Leave work later than you’d like, and still feel compelled to check e-mail in the evenings?
More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.
“More, bigger, faster.” This, the ethos of the market economies since the Industrial Revolution, is grounded in a mythical and misguided assumption — that our resources are infinite.
Read the rest of the article here.
The holiday weekend is coming up. It’s supposed to be colder than average and rain a lot, but that doesn’t matter because I’ll be working. There are leases to get signed and edits to finish.
If 80s had been forecast, I’d be going nuts, trying to get away for at least one day to scooter around Wisconsin with the camera while the iPod plays in my ears.
How many of us don’t take time to enjoy the “little things” in life, like family, favorite hobbies, or vacations? Maybe you’re one of the 59 million Americans who don’t get paid vacation. Or maybe you get paid time off but don’t take it because you’re afraid of losing your job.
My point is, we are working ourselves into the ground, and when we are lying on that inevitable death bed, the last thing we’re gonna think is, “I should have worked harder.”
Remember that the next time someone asks you to go for a drive in the country and you say, “Can’t. Got too much to do.”
You only get ONE LIFE. It’s happening right now! Let’s all take the time to enjoy the little things, because the ride doesn’t last forever.
It’s summer. Well, for many of us, it is. My turn will come. 🙂 The air is soft, the sun is warm, there are deer in the field to your right, on the verge of running. The bats have begun to fly, swooping through the trees. There is no sound of traffic; all you can hear is a light breeze moving sporadically through the leaves.
Breathe deeply. Inhale the smells of summer. Relax. Smile. Enjoy.
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