Time Enough at Last

I was watching the old Twilight Zone episode (one of my all time favorites) with Burgess Meredith over the New Year holiday and it really got me thinking about how I spend my time.  I am trying to lay out some kind of daily schedule to do the the things I want to do and I am finding it really tough to fit in the things in life that are important to me.  It is a bit depressing and sobering to see how quickly I run out of time every day.

To get started, here are the things that I either have to do on a weekly basis or want to do.

  1. Work – Gotta do that
  2. Sleep – Gotta do that too
  3. Meals – Ok, there’s that
  4. Time with Family
  5. Exercise – Health is becoming a serious issue for me.  Serious in that I feel like I am dying
  6. Reading
  7. Learning something new
  8. Personal time – This includes just random things I might enjoy doing like video games, blogging, movies, tv, etc.
  9. House/Yard Work – Honestly, I really hate that stuff but it has to be done.

So, that is kind of the main groupings of things I need to schedule so now lets look at a typical weekday.

6:00 AM – Wake Up – This often gets pushed to around 6:20-6:30 but 6:00 is the right time

6:50 AM – Leave for work – I basically have 50 minutes or less to get ready for work and out the door.  Traffic is a bitch.

6:50-8:00 AM – Commute/Breakfast – Yes, I know that over an hour commute sucks but that is the situation today.  This is also the time I usually eat breakfast.  You can guess I am sure that what I eat generally isn’t recommended.

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Work – This is a typical day.  I won’t even begin to discuss the days I work later or overtime.  I usually grab lunch somewhere around 1:00.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Drive Home – Again, very sucky.

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM – Dinner with Family – In 2012 we are trying to eat at the table as a family.  This is important and special time.

6:45 PM – 7:45 PM – Family Time – This includes hanging out with my wife and daughter, playing games, etc.

7:45 PM – 8:20 PM – Open – This is usually Emily’s bath time and is often used for watching any TV that we have recorded.

8:20 PM – 9:00 PM – This is the time set aside to get Emily ready for bed, bedtime reading, and tucking in.  I am not always on bed duty but it is a good time for me to spend with my daughter whom I don’t get to see enough.

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Open – This is really the only open time in my day.  It needs to be used wisely and it often is not.  Note that this is about the only time I have with my wife sans kid.

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Bedtime.  This is when I would usually read, but lately I am so worn out that I fall asleep about the moment my head hits the pillow.  Sleeping from 10:00 to 6:00 provides the optimum amount of sleep for me at 8 hours.  I can go on less but as the sleep deprivation builds up during the week I have less and less energy.  The older I get, the more of an issue this becomes.

11:00 PM to 6:00 AM – Sleep.

After this the cycle repeats.  Obviously weekends are different but doing anything other than working (gotta get the $$$ when I can) or being with family feels unfair to my wife and daughter.  The weekends provide more time for things I want to do but reading and working on learning something like programming is hard to do when there are 5 day gaps between each session.  Anyway, when I put it all down on paper it looks ridiculous.  There is just no time and I am getting older, fatter, and slower every day.  The only way I am going to meet my goals is to work really hard at squeezing everything out of every hour of every day.  This has to mean that useless or lazy pursuits have to be pushed out.  Throw in a serious attempt at one hour of exercise a day somewhere and there is nothing left.  I am honestly disheartened by the reality of the situation but have no idea how to change it.

I don’t know how other people do it but I better figure it out or life will be over before I really feel like it got started.


Time Enough at Last — 1 Comment

  1. As usual, we’re in the same boat. Here’s some things we do that may or may not help you.

    1) We cut out TV, drastically. I know that might chafe, but it helped so much. The kids usually don’t get any screen time during the week, which means that we curtail our own screen time at least while they’re awake.

    2) The kids’ homework time generally includes 20-30 minutes of mandatory reading time. Their homework time has become family reading time. This is in addition to times that we read together, but that isn’t as often lately.

    3) One night a week is family game night. That is some built in quality time every Tuesday that makes up for a world of other nights of exhaustion and vegging in front of the TV.

    4) Cleanup time is together time, too. Yeah, that one sounds good in theory. It sucks in reality. 🙂

    5) This one is the big failure at our house – we try to make workout time a family together thing, too. But when we HAVE done this, it has been great.

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