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Being retired you’d think I would have all the time in the world to get stuff done. But every now and then, for some unknown reason, everything seems to be packed into one ten hour period where you are running ragged.

Why would anyone with any sense schedule, carpet cleaning, landscaping, a locksmith, web site maintenance and blogging all on the same day?

Humans And Time Management

Over the years I’ve discovered that there are just some people who have 100 miles per hour as their normal daily speed.

Then there are those who are laid back, relaxed but always seem to get stuff done in the allotted time.

You know who they are — the ones we all hate.

Not sure what my speed is but I know it’s pretty consistent. I rarely wake up thinking, “Wow, I don’t have anything to do today.”

Some days I think how great it would be to just stay in bed but that’s just not me.

It’s Just One Of Those Days

Having someone say that to you doesn’t really give much comfort when the sweat’s running down your brow and the boss is giving you the eye.

We’ve all had those days and we often look back in retrospect to realize that

a.) It wasn’t all that bad, and

b.) It would have been much easier if I had just … — Fill in the blank.

Make A List

To try and manage the rest of the week I made a list. Various errands, shopping, bill paying, business meetings, etc. that I need to get done before radio shop prep on Thursday and Friday.

The list really helped. I was able to postpone some of the things that didn’t require immediate attention so the rest of the week looks much more manageable.

I might even have time to fill up the tank.

Some Final Thoughts

We all start each day with 86,400 seconds. And we have to spend that time doing something. In a normal week sleeping and eating takes up about 40 hours or so, 40 hours or more of work, leaving about 88 hours each week to do whatever you want to do.

One person’s fun is another person’s waste of time. Your parents probably thought video games were a waste of time or watching TV, waste of time, playing golf, waste of time. Just not to everyone.

If you enjoy what you’re doing it’s never a waste of time. You might be the worst golfer of all time but if you enjoy it —  so what?

There’s an old saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Every professional athlete making millions would probably agree. So would great authors, movie producers, etc.

So there’s nothing wrong with having, “One of those days.” Just have a good time while you’re doing it.

Tomorrow might be even better.

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