How I Use 168 Hours of My Week

Since I moved to Austin in February, my life and schedule changed completely. I started a new part-time job, which means I now work more than 50 hours a week.

I still write every day, and that can take up anywhere between two to four hours a day.

I’m new to Austin, so I like to spend time getting to know the city and meeting the people that live here. A lot of my time is spent meeting new people and traveling.

I also continue to exercise, which is about an hour a day. I read every night before I go to bed, though sometimes I’m too exhausted to read and would rather get a full nights sleep to start the next day off right.

 

My 168 weekly hours are broken down like this:

50 hours for my two jobs, one remote, and the other semi-remote. I have to go into the office 3 days out of the week.

21 hours for writing, this changes depending on the day, but I always try to work for at least two hours, some days I’ll work for three hours and even four hours on the weekends.

14 hours for reading, usually right before I go to sleep.

7 hours for exercising. I run 5k every day, and sometimes on the weekends, I’ll run 10k. Along with pushups, sit-ups, and stretching, it adds up to an hour every day.

49 hours for sleep, I average 7 hours a night.

27 hours are spent on miscellaneous activities. This can be anything from meeting people, getting from point A to B, cooking, riding my motorcycle, watching movies/browsing internet, or working on this blog.

 

Now that I’ve written out how I spend my time, I realize how much free time I have after I’ve accounted for everything I consider mandatory. My first thought was that I could really do a lot with those 27 hours.

But when I consider what that time means, I need that 27 hours to unwind after all the other activities I fill my time with.

I used to feel guilty about not filling up that time doing things that are more productive. But I know now that I need the downtime to re-energize.

When I think about re-energizing as part of work, I feel better about resting during those 27 hours, using them to take my mind off work and focus on other things, and fully embracing them as off-time that I can use to be more productive later.

Thinking about downtime as recharge time is more productive than feeling guilty about it.

This means training myself to not be so critical about starting off my Saturday and Sunday mornings slowly, about using every chance I get to not be tied down to a schedule, about really enjoying the time I can spend away from deep work, and embracing it as a kind of reward for all the hard work I do all the other hours of the week.

 

Thanks for reading,

Olgi

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