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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What happened to all my spare time?


Just a few short years ago, I had spare time. I could lounge and watch TV. I could spend hours online, reading fan fiction or interacting with my online friends. I could write these blog posts on the fly the morning they were to be posted. I could spend hours and hours just writing.

These days I find that have much less spare time to do more enjoyable things. I catch a few TVshows here and there. But the days of reading for hours on end are no more. And online interaction happens only via Facebook. My blog posts have to be thought up and the bulk of it written in advance by a day or two and then read and tweaked the night before.

Now that I'm proofreading for money--that's basically my second job. So that of course eats up a lot of time. And even though business at the day job is down (as it usually is this time of year), it seems as if there's more to do. Well, there sort of is since we've implemented a few processes and systems to track and document what our employees are working on. It's good for cash flow, but bad for me.

It seems cooking and housework are low priorities these days, though laundry is a must. I've made it clear to my boss that I want to work from home. Then I can cook and clean here and there during the day. He's promised to make it happen.

While I really need my beauty sleep, I may have to give up half an hour or so of it per day for a while. With my goals of reading and writing and weight loss, I think I'm gonna need it.

But you know, I really hate being this busy. It doesn't work for me.

What about you? Is your life moving along at an acceptable rate?


4 comments:

Regina Richards said...

Thanksgiving to mid-January is a completely off-schedule time. I really enjoy the holiday season and love having the kids home, but it does throw with my normal schedule off. But First and Second Sons are now back at college and Youngest returns to college on Sunday so things out to return to normal here pretty soon.

Lara Lacombe said...

I know what you mean, Jen. Before I started writing, I had so much time to read, watch TV, see movies, stitch, etc. Now, writing is my priority, and everything else takes second place. I hope that as I continue to write, I will find a better balance, because everyone needs some down-time!

mtnchild said...

You know ... I'm glad the holidays are over - I was getting tired of all the hoopla! I'm ready to tackle the house; there is dirt from last summer laying around and it needs to be gone! I've also slowed down with heavy duty cleaning like I use to - that darn arthritis can stop me in my tracks if I don't loosen up in the mornings ... Fix coffee, feed the dog, wrap up for the trip out to feed & water the chickens. Another cup of coffee, breakfast (or brunch) and then the hands are a bit more ready to tackle the day. Even though I'm right-handed, the left one is put to a lot of use and that's the one that is almost immobile in the morning. Ahhh, the golden years - bah humbug ... LOL

Jen FitzGerald said...

Thanks for your comments, ladies.

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