Lazy Luddite Log

19.6.08

Passing Time (Reprise)

At the time of writing the original Passing Time entry I was seeking to provide explanation for how a person with lots of spare time can fill it. Now in this entry I am hoping to describe how I intend to fit too much into a working week. My desire to do the latter is in a sense the product of the former - I have a particular set of expectations that I am hoping to still fulfil while working in an office five days a week.

In seeking to have a full and well-rounded week I have formed in my mind a model of standard week. Naturally this is a bit ambitious, as life never conforms entirely to even the best of plans. Circumstances and family and friends all complicate things. The long-distance relationship I am conducting does likewise. Things happen. And as a result I am yet to have even one week that confirms my model despite having been in the new job for over a month now. But onto my imaginary standard week...

Sunday: This is a day of celebrated sleeping in. It is both a luxury and frequently also a necessity if I have had too much fun the preceding night. Then it is also a day of visiting Clayton shops for both swimming at the new pool (housed along with a new library in a rather impressive new rust-toned community facility). This has become a way for me to see my Dad and for him to revive his old passion for swimming. I will do my biggest grocery shopping at this time. Then in the evening I can see the new Doctor Who. I will also have a lovely long phone conversation with Petra (we may well do so at other times too but this is like the guaranteed time of the week for it).

Monday: In the evening following work is a time for resting at home and possibly watching satirical cartoons on SBS with housemates. I am deliberately including slack nights into my routine and this is one such time.

Tuesday: In the evening following work I travel directly to Campus for dinner and rehearsal with MonUCS. I will have to decide on a case-by-case (aka 'concert-by-concert') basis just how much I can commit to staying all evening (including post-rehearsal pub or coffee) on a weeknight. Just starting on a new program now so I will see what I think of the music and my energy levels.

Wednesday: In the evening following work is a time for resting at home and possibly attending to things like blogging or writing letters-to-the-editor or making new playlists.

Thursday: In the evening following work I can spend some time at home then go onto a small local gathering of friends who bring arts and craft projects and gossip.

Friday: In the evening following work I think I have the inclination (like many many others) to go get me some fun despite my overall tiredness. And thankfully one group or another of friends are likely to provide just that in the form of visiting a restaurant or cinema or whatever. And even if I am free I may even do my own thing - such things as fast food and movies can be fun even if one is alone. And my work location puts me even closer to the City than to home so one way or the other I can find some colour and movement.

Saturday: This is a day of celebrated sleeping in. It may then be one of taking a long walk along the local Scotchman's Creek or of visiting Mum and taking a similar walk along her local Yarraman Creek. And then it is very likely that I will have a party of some kind to attend in the evening...


In putting all this together I have made an effort to get the balance right. There are both solitary and collaborative forms of recreation. There is rest. There is both creativity and exercise. And there is something to look forward to in every day. There are plenty of other things that fit into the routine but are too mundane to warrant naming (like all those chores that both work and life necessitate).

And then there are also things absent that were present in that older entry - things like attending meetings of the ADs or NFA or SESFC. It would be very difficult to fit these things in now even if I wanted to so for now my holding of voluntary positions or making a face-to-face contribution to civic life is a thing of the past for me. For some time I have been pulling back from such things and it seems now the space has been filled as I had half-hoped and half-planned for it to.

So this entry describes how work has affected my non-working life. Some aspects of the new job has been affecting my perceptions of competence and confidence. With any luck I will both get on top of the job and keep that 'work-life balance' thing happening...

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