How To Find the Time

There are too many things to read, watch, play, etc, there are just too many. I am sitting here tonight wanting to write a blog post because I love doing this. I love talking about the things that I love, but I also need to find the time to do the things that I love. Some of the problem is of my own making: I really enjoy doing too many things and want to teach myself to do more things.

I read a lot, actually reading too many books right now. David and I have cut back on the TV shows that we have chosen to watch, although we could never give up Game of Thrones or Doctor Who. Then this summer is creating an excellent conundrum of what movies to see, partly spending time and money, but having movies we really want to see and others we kind of want to see. Then there are video games which can take up so much time and suck you in for long hours. Then there are all those responsibility things such as work, chores, charity that need to get done as well. It can make a person crazy.

Where’d My Time Go?

Now obviously I do find the time to do a lot of the stuff, but there are things that have fallen to the wayside. I have not finished Zelda: Twilight Princess or Zelda: Skyward Sword even though I loved playing both those games (some of that was battery issues with our Wii remotes). I have not finished Portal 2, Chocobo Dungeon, Donkey Kong Country 2, Skyrim, and more.

Part of the problem with me and Video Games is that I am a semi-completionist. I want to find every Riddler trophy, every extra heart, every secret area, etc. I don’t need all the achievements or playing on harder difficulty, I just need to get as far as I can. I still have not found all the Riddler trophies in Arkham City, and some of them I don’t know that I ever will get because I may kill someone if I have to deal with another timed question mark light. I did finish all the Riddler quests in Arkham Asylum, but I worked at it, going through some areas about 5 times to get them all before I finally looked things up.

Now that is just Video Games, there are other areas that have also suffered and that is my reading. I love reading, but so many new books come out and if I go to a book store I will most likely find something I want to read. I have stacks and stacks of books that I have not read yet just sitting around. Not to mention books I have bought on my Kindle that I have not touched yet. David and I have actually resolved not to buy new books until we get through the ones we have just because it is becoming a ridiculous habit.

Now part of the issue with both books and video games is there is an initial time investment. You do not sit down for 30 minutes to an hour to read a book, or at least I don’t. I will sit down for 2 or 3 hours and there is usually a point that I hit that I just need to keep reading and with work the next morning it can be difficult to do in the evening.

My other problem is that I like to do too many things. I play an instrument that I want to keep up with, I love to bake and cook, I want to teach myself to sew, I have a couple of craft projects I want to start working on, I knit as an off-handed hobby that I pick up in starts and stops. I wish I could focus on one thing, but there are so many things and I want to do them all. The problem is time.

Solution

I need to focus all my frantic energy on inventing a time machine, that way if I need a little extra time I can find it and still sleep for 8 hours. Or, I have to do what I am already doing and let some stuff go. This ends up being the reason that the DVR usually gets filled up to 75% and we end up with 13 episodes of one show. That might get pared down now that we have dropped about 3 shows from our repertoire. Then I have stacks of books, and never feel like I have time to cook, bake, and then get the housework done.

Another thing I have not been able to keep up with is my Buffy Comics, which I have loved, but I have to remember to download it or go to the store and buy it. The big books that compile them are nice, but then you have to wait so long to continue the story am I going to forget where I am. It is obvious to say, but it takes balance. Some of it is difficult because both David and I are pretty heavily involved in a couple of local non-profits that do a lot of work in the community and fundraisers. We love being a part of these things, but sometimes it feels like just one more thing.

My other solution, which I still have not done, but really should is doing a really lazy vacation. One where we are not going to multiple museums, shows, or anything else and just being able to lounge around reading for a week. I really think that would be fabulous, but I am also a big doer. I love museums and theatre and when I travel I try to go to places that have things I can’t just do at home because there is a lot that I can’t do here.

So what are some of your favorite ways to relax and how do you find time to do everything you love?

(Sidenote: I do recognize that this is very much a first world problem and that there are a lot of people who do not have time to do half of what we do. It is part of the reason that we are a part of the organizations that we are because we are trying to connect with a group that does good work and trying to help others. It just also means that I have less time to play games, read, watch tv, movies, etc, but I would never choose to drop my volunteer work to have more time.)

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