Okay. So I have to keep the car running, do my share of the house and yard work, work at my day job, run my small business, keep updating my software and maintaining my website, and maintain a good family life. How do I do it? And how do I do it while still maintaining quality in each area of my life?
First off, I have to prioritize. There are only so many hours in a week, 168. Approximately 56 of these will be spent sleeping, 15 eating, and a few hours in travel time, call it 5, and 40 at my day job. That leaves 52 hours a week to take care of my businesses, mechanics of daily living, and relationships, less than 8 hours a day. I have to prioritize to get it done. I don't have to have a perfect house, car, or yard, so keep the mechanics of daily living to 4 hours a week. That leaves 48 hours a week to run my businesses and keep a personal life. It can be done. The small business is weekend only, a small neighborhood theatre my wife and I own. It takes 40 hours a week, but the time there is often spent running a movie, so I can get most of my software development and website maintenance done there. I spend about an hour a day on my blogs.That leaves my nine hours a week to see my wife and do personal growth exercises.
Does that seem like too little. Sometimes it does, yes. But think about what I didn't list. I don't watch TV. The movies I want to see, I see at the theatre. I have holidays and vacations. Unlike in times past in our agricultural heritage, I don't have to do manual labor from dawn to dusk, so I'm not exhausted when I'm not working.
The key is balance and variety. I balance my personal and economic lives. I have a wide variety of interests. I don't work at any one thing so much I get burned out on it. And I don't get bored.
Would I change anything? No, not really. Not right now at least. Life is fun, and interesting. I see a lot of different people, do a wide variety of things, and pursue my own goals. That's one of the secrets of life. Enjoy what you are doing, and don't get bogged down.