Post-Work Time Management

TiredWhat do you do after you hear that annoying buzzer in the morning? From the time your alarm clock goes off until you get to work, you are probably extremely productive. In about 40 minutes, I can wake up, watch tv (for news and weather), eat breakfast, defecate (and wipe), brush my teeth, wash my face, shave, change into work clothes, gear up, walk out, and get on a bus. However, after work I get home and I have sat for an hour before. I’m simply unproductive after work. Who can blame me? I’m tired after all.

Why am I tired?
I don’t get enough sleep. I’m in sleep debt and I’m trying to get out. I drop 50 IQ points and am slower than the average person after work. Yesterday morning, I turned off my alarm and snoozed. I was dreaming about being late for work and my heart was beating like crazy as my reputation is on the line. I woke up and I was actually LATE! I put on some clothes, chewed some gum and went out the door. I didn’t even get to eat my favourite meal to break my 5 hour fast. The only way to fix this is to manage my time post-work.

How should I manage my time?
First, I need to figure out what I would like to do:

Unordered:

  • Exercise – 1 hour
  • Watch TV (Ugly Betty, Dexter, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Kid Nation or The Office) – 1 hour
  • Read a book – 30 minutes
  • Read feeds (News and Blogs) – 1 hour
  • Check and actually respond to emails – 30 minutes
  • Check Facebook and reply – 30 minutes
  • Learn French – 45 minutes
  • Play with Linux – 1 hour
  • Play Project Reality (BF2 mod [practice for tournament]) – 1 hour
  • Actually try and learn Second Life to make some cash – 1 hour
  • Wash dishes – 30 minutes
  • Eat fruit – 30 minutes (believe me, I hate it, but I do it and it takes that much time)
  • Eat dinner – 1 hour
  • Shower – 30 minutes
  • Learn music – 1 hour
  • Surf the web – 1 hour
  • Blog – 45 minutes – it takes time to write
  • Web development – 1 hour

Let’s separate them into categories, shall we?
Essentials:

  • Wash dishes – 30 minutes
  • Eat fruit – 30 minutes (believe me, I hate it, but I do it and it takes that much time)
  • Eat dinner – 1 hour
  • Shower – 30 minutes

Social:

  • Check and actually respond to emails – 30 minutes
  • Check Facebook and reply – 30 minutes
  • Actually try and learn Second Life to make some cash – 1 hour

Entertainment:

  • Surf the web – 1 hour
  • Play Project Reality (BF2 mod [practice for tournament]) – 1 hour
  • Watch TV (Ugly Betty, Dexter, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Kid Nation or The Office) – 1 hour
  • Read a book – 30 minutes

Development:

  • Blog – 45 minutes – it takes time to write
  • Learn music – 1 hour
  • Learn French – 45 minutes
  • Play with Linux – 1 hour
  • Read feeds (News and Blogs) – 1 hour
  • Exercise – 1 hour
  • Web development – 1 hour

Wow! Taking a look at that, it shows that I spend most of my time on essential and developmental things. I like to be entertained, too. It also reveals that my social life sucks.

Let’s order my priorities now:

  1. Shower – 30 minutes – I need to feel clean
  2. Eat fruit – 30 minutes – believe me, I hate it, but I do it and it takes that much time
  3. Eat dinner – 1 hour – food is a priority
  4. Wash dishes – 30 minutes – it’s an obligation
  5. Exercise – 1 hour – still trying for the six pack
  6. Check and actually respond to emails – 30 minutes
  7. Watch TV (Ugly Betty or Dexter or The Sarah Connor Chronicles or The Office) – 1 hour – I need to chill
  8. Check Facebook and reply – 30 minutes
  9. Read feeds (News and Blogs) – 1 hour
  10. Play Project Reality (BF2 mod [practice for tournament]) – 1 hour
  11. Blog – 45 minutes – it takes time to write
  12. Learn music – 1 hour
  13. Surf the web – 1 hour
  14. Read a book – 30 minutes
  15. Play with Linux – 1 hour
  16. Web development – 1 hour
  17. Learn French – 45 minutes
  18. Actually try and learn Second Life to make some cash – 1 hour

Clearly, the most important things on my list is to keep clean and to eat, followed by obligations. I don’t have time to do all 18 items everyday, so I will need to split them up and create a time table… Is it worth so much planning? I hope so. So far I only have enough time to do the top 10 items, but once it’s laid out nicely, I think my days will be very fulfilling. In addition, I need to stick to my self-imposed curfew where I turn off my computer at 9:45PM. It’s already 10PM right now!

What do you like to do after work? Do you find enough time to do everything that you want? Do you need to sacrifice sleep?




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