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.
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”.
As 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:
- Sleep less – Not a particularly viable option for me. I need at least 8 hours sleep a day, ideally more.
- 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!
- 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.
- Suck it up and get used to it!
Any other ideas? Suggestions appreciated!