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This is meant as a serious question, not having a dig at anyone. Quite a few people I know seem to pack a lot more into their day than I can. They seem to have a busy social life, have kids and work full time. On weekdays, I’m up at 6, leave for work just before 7 and get home between half 6 & 7. (I have quite a long drive to and from work). When I get home, we have dinner, maybe watch a bit of telly, check e-mails, (including looking at PC Advisor forums, of course), then before we know it, it’s 10 o’clock and we’re both cream crackered. Neither of us have the energy to socialise. The weekends go like a flash and by Sunday evening we don’t seem to have done anything much at all. If I could mention Kate B, from your posts I understand that you are a journalist, which I assume means irregular hours, you mention your busy social life yet you find time to play online games. What’s your secret? Is it a case of the more you do, the more you can do? It’s almost halfway through the year now and I can still remember January as if it was last month. Sorry for rambling!
I find it is amazing how much time you can "waste" having a meal, coffee after, watching TV. Most of the TV isn't worthwhile watching anyway. The fact is once you are fed and watered and sitting comfortably it is very difficult to get started again. When we go out we don't have the time to sit and get comfortable so we don't have the problem of getting started again.
It is very difficult to evaluate quality of life. What is good for one person is not necessarily good for another. Not seeming to do much may be heaven for some and hell for others.
I enjoy a good ramble.
Colin, If you are happy with your current job and your present home it is difficult to offer drastic advice, but...(making just one assumption) it would seem that you spend, daily, 12 hours working/commuting, 8 hours sleeping, and 1 hour getting ready for work. That leaves 3 hours to enjoy life/leisure. That may leave you "living for the weekend". Not an ideal situation and one which I could not tolerate. I know that tens of thousands of working people in this country have a similar daily experience to your own. The sea of miserable faces on the (London) tube every morning are as much evidence as anyone could wish for that this is not ideal. As a general point, living close to work, or working close to your home, deserves a much, much, higher rating than salary/benefits, and, if you are very clever/persistent it is possible to have both!
It doesn't really matter how much you pack into your day, as long as you are happy.
In the summer evenings I like to lie on the lounger in the garden reading a book. But my neighbour is a human dynamo, always painting, sawing, etc, non-stop.
He likes what he does, I like what I do, lying about reading would bore him and diy would bore me, so neither is right, or wrong, do as you please.
TV programs are to blame for a lot of the current "must do everything at once" lifestyle and "must multi-task" for poor women.
It makes people think they are under achieving, if they aren't racing about decorating, partying etc.
Don't try to keep up with the Jones's. It's impossible. It might also be well to remember nothing stays the same and there are people in this World much worse off than you.
Mañana - meaning "not today". Maybe tomorrow or another day - just not today.
Thanks for the responses. I like my job very much, which is a major benefit, because if I didn't, the drive to work would become a drag. Being able to listen to music and radio programmnes without interuption is very nice. Overall, I'm happy with my lot. I guess a lot of people aren't as happy as they make out to be. I suffer, if that's the right word, from a brother who can't sit still for 5 minutes and can't understand why I'm not the same. Strangely, we don't see each other very much now!
The old adage goes something like, if you want a job done quickly then give it to a busy person.
There is no real answer to the question of what is right, it's more what is right for you assuming the basics are met.
I retired recently, before when in work my life was regulated by the clock, the telephone and the diary. As a keen cyclist (then) I came home grabbed something to eat whilst standing up. To sit down would be fatal, impossible to gt up again. I would get changed and, at this time of the year, ride at a brisk pace for 2-3 hours.
It seemed to be right, at te time.
anskyber. Don't stop cycling now though because as you already know it is a very good exercise. Keep young by keeping going. I hear WD40 is also very good for keeping the old knees supple. But I think I would rather rely on keeping them moving on a regular basis.
I have often pondered how so many busy, working people find the time to be online so much.
When I took early retirement I stopped clock-watching and stopped wearing a watch but still don't find enough spare time to be online as much as I would like.
Being an outdoor type I find plenty to do without having a busy social life and wonder how I found the time to go to work.
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