Overdue

This whole blog thing started out so well. I mean, here’s a chance for me to write, frequently, about whatever I want. So I did. Unfortunately, I quickly fell into a rut of griping about how things weren’t always going my way.

Kinda whiny, huh? I mean, who does have things going their way all the time? Certainly no one I know. I have friends who have had some great things happen for them recently, and it’s easy to look at them and wonder when I’m going to get a break. I conveniently forget the problems they’ve had. I need to keep some perspective.

Lately, the thing that’s getting to me is time. There’s simply not enough of it to go around.

The last few weeks, my schedule has run from about 6:30 am to about 12:30 am, 7 days a week. That lasted until Monday, when I woke up completely exhausted, feeling like I got hit by a truck. I struggled through the work day, dragging myself home to collapse on the couch. Fortunately, my wife had the evening free, so she took care of dinner and whatnot. I literally did nothing; I just didn’t have it in me.

Yesterday was the same thing again. I tell you, I’ve gotten more sleep in the last 2 nights than I did in the week prior, and I’m STILL exhausted. It might be a few days before I fully recover.

In the mean time, I feel the press of a hundred different projects, now 2 more days behind schedule. It’s time for me to learn how to prioritze.

So, now I need to figure out how to make sure I get everything done that needs to get done while still allowing adequate time to eat & sleep. Especially sleep. At 35, I need more than a few hours a night to keep going.

I’m open to suggestions. I know plenty of people who have crazy schedules and still manage to grab a beer with a friend or see a show. What is it that sucks up all my time?

You might say blogging. If you follow enough links out of here, you might notice several other websites maintained by me and think that could be part of the issue. Those certainly take some time, but fortunately, it doesn’t come ot of my free time. You see, I still have this job that requires me to sit at my desk 8-10 hours a day, but only work 2-3. I’d love to read a book, but I’m required to look busy. So, I write things in here and update websites, because it almost looks like working. I’ve tried to bring other projects into the office with me, which definitely helps, but there’s a limit to how much I can bring in here. It’s also difficult to dig into any major projects, as that 2-3 hours I work each day is divided into 5- and 10-minute increments.

So where am I going with this? Apparently nowhere. Apparently I just started typing, and a few badly-written paragraphs fell out. Stop reading! Go back to what you were doing! This was an incredibly dull and pointless blog entry. Sorry about that.