A post NOT about Thanksgiving.
Let’s see if I can crank this blog post out while my pits are still warm and sticky from caffeine-induced perspiration.
Sorry, I just really felt the urge to share that.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the balancing act we all do in our lives. This isn’t meant as a complaint, but I’m juggling a lot (hence why sometimes I don’t post frequently). I know I’m not the only one, and I’m curious how everyone else manages to do it. Props to people who have kids, work full-time and go to school. I cannot even fathom what that’s like.
On my busiest of days, my schedule might look something like this:
6:30 am: wake up, take a shower, eat breakfast, drive to work
8:00 am: Arrive at work
12:30 pm: Gym for resistance training for 30-40 mins on lunch break (it takes me about 20-25 minutes total to drive there and back and to change clothes.)
5:00 pm: Leave work
6:00 pm: Self defense class
7:30 pm*: Negotiable: Cardio, cooking for the next day, blogging. Non-negotiable: Cooking dinner, packaging lunch for next day, hanging out with derpface David, downing a bottle of wine**
11:00 pm – 12:00 am: Sleepytime!
*After 7:30 pm I tend to lose a lot of motivation, so I don’t always do all those things, but I usually knock off at least three of them, sometimes more.
Looking at it written out, it actually doesn’t seem like that much. But still, I’m glad that I have so much to preoccupy myself with because I have a tendency to get bored. But the thing is, there’s so much more I want to do. Unfortunately I don’t think I have the energy in me to add meditating, more frequent walking and cardio, CLEANING, yoga, foam rolling and reading (I swear I fall asleep after 2 pages no matter how enthralling it is) to my daily schedule.
If it were up to me, an awesomely productive day would include all those things, and for a while I did try to do it all. That was nothing but a recipe for burning out. I realized that I had to pick my priorities. But seeing as how I have a lot of those, I had to take it a step further and prioritize my priorities.
I’ve taken a cue from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and I’m cutting out what’s not absolutely crucial to focus on what’s most important. And that’s how I’ve managed to (mostly) keep my sanity. Yeah, my training sessions aren’t as long as I’d like, this blog ain’t payin’ my bills, I’m certainly not a zen master, my house is messy and I don’t get to enjoy cool books, but I’ve accepted that.
The main thing I’d like to move up in my list of priorities is how often I’m blogging. I’d really like to put more effort into this and fix up my design because it’s looking a little too amateur for my preference.
Man, if only I didn’t have to sleep.
So how do you balance your crazy life?
PS. I woke up early this morning and did the 480 workouts again. I beat my previous time by 9 minutes. I rule.
PPS. Happy Thanksgiving!