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The Madness of Free Time: Finding Happiness in the Abyss

Creative people need time to create. It’s time to do their art.

We live the weekend dreaming of those overtime hours.

But here’s the thing: we all have the same amount of time every day. 1,440 minutes or 10,080 in one week. Factoring in sleep (7 hours a night?), food and grooming (2.5 hours a day), and, oh yeah…work (8 hours a day?), that leaves about 360 minutes per day for tasks that could let time follow our happiness.

Expect! What? That’s over 6 hours of available or FREE time every day. Even more on weekends when I don’t have to “work”.

So what is the problem?

For me, it’s a question of how I manage this free time.

I am more productive when my schedule is full. Where am I?

It’s true… I always try to cram more things into my calendar than I actually have time to complete. For example, when I’m getting ready to go to school and I’m five minutes ahead of schedule, I think, “Hmm, I could start the laundry. Or throw something in the slow cooker for dinner. And then suddenly, I’m late.

The old adage, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person,” makes sense in some ways because busy people seem to manage their time better.

But it doesn’t always work. And sometimes important things (like being creative) get pushed aside.

It’s the weekend. You would think that those two days, where I theoretically have more than 14 hours on Saturday AND Sunday to work towards my goal, that I would have done SO MUCH.

So why are the weekends so difficult for me?

I don’t know how to relax.

I don’t know how to release the accelerator pedal when I’m on vacation. This is probably why my husband and I prefer going to Disney for vacations. He always says, “We didn’t come all this way to do not going to the theme park every day.” And “The pass is for the whole day. Let’s get our money’s worth. And I tend to agree with him. (I’ve heard you’re supposed to relax on vacation. But it’s rarely relaxing.)

I also don’t know how to disengage on weekends. Sometimes I think I would do more if I had a part-time job on the weekends, leaving me only two or three hours. Then I would be more focused. I should be.

A writer friend of mine tipped me off a few weeks ago when reviewing my schedule for the upcoming semester. I don’t remember the exact words because while he was saying them my brain was refuting them, but it was something like, “You’re overdoing it. You are too busy. It’s good to do not do something All the time.”

I wonder.

Is the covert occupation the real reason writers don’t seek publication? Or are artists not looking for galleries? Or is the musician not trying to find an agent?

I never got paid for my writing because I never really tried. My rational brain argues, “You’re too busy. What’s wrong ? so a lot. Maybe when you retire.”

Yeah! To the right!

I’m afraid if I arrive at the Pearly Gates and don’t have a published book under my arm, the guard will say, “Too bad. You were pretty good. You just didn’t get there. Then they will look ahead of me and say, “Next? »

It’s not that I don’t have enough time. We all have the same time each week.

  • The madness of free time is a lack of structure and a sense of urgency.

  • The madness of free time is sitting at my computer thinking and wasting it.

  • Free time is not free.
  • Free time is a gift.
  • Free time – or ME time – is the only time to work towards our artistic goals.

It is madness to fuss and worry.

Do one thing. For a minute. For five minutes. For 15 minutes. One o’clock.

Even if no one is watching, you have to. You have to believe in yourself and know that you can do it.

Fill this free time.

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