This month of February is a short one. I thought what better time to try and implement some routines and habits that I’m trying to instill. See if I can do it for the month. I’m seeking moderation in my life overall. In work, in exercise, eating and drinking, shopping, socializing. All of it. A balanced life.
It is proving difficult. But enlightening. I’m still a bit underemployed. Yes, I have another job now in addition to the sporadic banquet schedule for the winter at the golf course. I work 5 days a week, but only 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours most nights. Oh, and there’s the night thing. I’m finding it hard to make good use of my days knowing I have to drop everything and get ready for work by late afternoon. Not to mention, it leaves less time with my BF in the evenings. So I have a lot of time to myself in the daytime.
Ideally, I’d spend some of this time each day with a workout to start the day on the right foot. I seem to be struggling with this. I don’t know if it’s the grey skies of winter or what. I did go run with a friend this Wednesday and it was great. But that was one of my days off. I get this weird feeling of being caught unprepared if I have to work that night. Irrational, but true. So most times I just stay home until I start my shift at 4 or 5. Not very productive. I mean, the laundry is done, lol, but I’m not fully experiencing life by sitting at home.
Another thing I’m working on is decreasing my wine intake. It’s just better for my health and well being. Interestingly, having a glass or two was more of a distraction than anything else, I realize. Something to do with my down time. I also found that not having the wine led me to window shopping online. Again, a distraction. Obviously, these are behaviors I’m using to fill the void. I’m so much better now at only buying clothing that is on my list, but I still fall prey to looking, looking, looking when I’m bored.
The next step is of course to figure out what I want to do with my days. They are going to pass, regardless, so I may as well make good use of them! I think this will be a big part of what my February will show me. How do I want to fill my time? What activities will help me grow and fulfill me?
When in FL I did not work, and spent much of my time running and training for races. Then, when we would move back home I historically worked 2 jobs and had no time. Now I am trying for that middle ground. I have applied for a position that is 30 to 32 hours a week, benefits, many shifts earlier than my current job. Perfect. But the waiting to hear back is killing me!! Argh. Okay, a little off tangent there he he. I’m hoping I get it, and that it helps move me ever closer to that balanced life, with a normal schedule that I fill with equal amounts quality time with my BF, social time with my friends, and workout time to improve my overall well being.
In the meanwhile I’m sitting on my hands to avoid clicking the BUY button on the computer or grabbing the corkscrew to open up a bottle of wine or slipping yet another cookie out of the bag. Perhaps when those urges strike I should quite literally fill my hands – with a pair of dumbbells!
How do you balance your time? Do you feel you lead a balanced life? What would you change if you could?