Not enough hours in the day

It’s 20:50, and I’ve just eaten, sat down and put my feet up for the first time today.  I appreciate lots of people don’t get a chance to relax at all… caring for others, working late, second job, studying, etc.  I’m lucky to get a few minutes to myself, watch the golf, and chill out before I turn in for the day.

Apparently he’s often mistaken for me!

On “normal” days, I’ve got into a routine where exercise is the number one priority for me when I get home from work.  A good routine to get into given my recent medical history, but one that is increasingly eating into my day.  As I get stronger, I am able to do more exercise.

Today I did a cycle session that took just over an hour.  I wasn’t cycling constantly, and I never went over my maximum Heart Rate, but it took time.

I think that during my recuperation I got used to having almost endless amounts of time.  A little exercise, a little TV, a little read, a little snooze… and all before lunch.  Fantastic!

My gradual return to work similarly gave me a feeling of extra time… strict 8 hour days, working from home after Cardiac Rehab, regular rest… long relaxed evenings incorporating moderate exercise.  Just what I needed to help get back on track.

Over the past week or so, things have felt like they’re returning to “normal” at work.  I’m working with a couple of clients, not being asked to do too much or pushed too hard (in fact, they’re being incredibly understanding), but I’m working on some interesting stuff.  The kind of work I want.  The kind that I find difficult to “put down”.

imagesCA1KXOM9As a result, my work days have extended a little.  Not by a huge amount, but back towards a “normal” work day.  In combination with an extended work-out, my days are feeling shorter.

(I suspect this is mentally exacerbated by the ever shortening days).

From where I’m sitting, I can’t see a huge number of options to create more time:

  1. Sleep less – Not a particularly viable option for me.  I need at least 8 hours sleep a day, ideally more.
  2. Work less – The only thing I can commit to is to be aware of time, and what I’m spending it on.  I need to earn money.  I also enjoy what I do.  There are plenty of people watching out for me to help ensure I don’t go mad!
  3. Do less – Having just rediscovered it, and needing it to help prevent future health issues, I’m not about to start cutting back on exercise.  What I do need to do is build up a selection of options that provide a mix of intensities / duration.  In time I’ll finish Cardiac Rehab too which will give me some extra time, but I do need to make sure this doesn’t result in every day feeling the same… I’m enjoying the variety the morning sessions gives to my days.
  4. Suck it up and get used to it!

Any other ideas?  Suggestions appreciated!

6 thoughts on “Not enough hours in the day

    1. Paul Squire Post author

      Thanks Andy, not trite at all. I guess the key is then to make use of the time I free up, not just to fill it with trivia or other “busy” work.


  1. Peter Squire

    great again!

    Suggestions?!I think you’ve thought around it all really, however, accepting one’s limitations is the hardest thing I’m sure, and then prioritising!! there are just Not enough hours in the day to do everything on your wish list! Pity I cannot give you some of my spare time!!

    BUT that’s life brother …’re alive!!!

    Have a good weekend. Love. Mx

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Philip Squire

    Make sure you get up from your desk during the day and exercise a little at lunch time if possible.
    Not sure how far you are to the office, or how safe the route is, and I know you live on a severe hill, but is cycling to work an option when you’re a little fitter? It’s something I’m thinking about as an option to get to Hammersmith. One of my colleagues already does it from quite near Epsom and it takes him 55-mins and he has fun, compared to my 1hr-20 mins of what I would not class as fun commuting on bus, tube & train.
    I like the way you reply to blog posts immediately, but your brother calls you on Monday and has heard nothing back by Sunday!!
    Cheers….your brother!


    1. Paul Squire Post author

      Thanks Bro!

      I haven’t posted the Blog about our phone not working yet!

      Cycling to work is definitely a good option. Generally just switching activities might be a good one too – I could always exercise before work a couple of days a week so that I’ve “banked” it before my day gets away from me.

      Speak soon! P



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