“People often complain about lack of time, when the lack of direction is the real problem.” -Zig Ziglar
When most people talk about finding balance in life, they are referring to a busy schedule filled with work and family obligations and “how could they possibly find time to work out and stay healthy in the midst of it”. As a health and wellness coach, I find myself frequently having conversations with these people about planning and preparation and how that will save and create time for them.
For me, however, I don’t work 40+ hours a week. I don’t have kids or many obligations. I don’t have a set salary or set hours that I work. I work as an independent contractor for multiple companies. Sometimes they need me for a 40-hour week, sometimes I don’t hear from them for 2 weeks. I spend most of my time at home, at my desk, working with my clients and/or looking for acting and modeling gigs, sometimes paid, but plenty are non paying. The thing about being your own agent is you have to be constantly looking for your own work. Even when you are booked FULL UP and hardly have a minute to breathe, you need to be finding more jobs. Or else once the craziness dies down, you have nothing. No income, no leads, nothing in the works. Whoops. That’s where I’m at again. I still enjoy it more than being a desk monkey. But maybe that’s just me.
My problem is that when I have too much time on my hands, I fill it with silly things. I find that I am most productive when I have a decently full schedule, but not being overwhelmed. When I know I only have so much time in my day to get things done, they get done. When I have nothing on my calendar, I’ll play video games all day.
I hate those empty days. They make me feel like I’m not living up to my full potential, that I’ve been lazy. Even though I know I’m working my ass off.
I’m striving to find balance for those days. Manage my time better. Schedule things in, even if its just to workout. AT LEAST SOMETHING IS ON THE DAMN CALENDAR. I need to plan and prepare to fill the white, empty space on my schedule. I take my own advice when I’m busy and seem to have no time, but the rules still apply when I seem to have too much time.
Time to put it to work.