Do we ever stop running? You have a yoga class and then a job to get to, a coffee meeting, a catch up lunch and a dinner date but home by 10 to let the dog out. When we finally stop running to our day to day activities we then run to catch our flight for what we call a vacation but we never actually feel rested after said “vacation”. We then need a vacation from our vacation when we return.

Is there ever going to be peace in the valley of life? When do you ever get to do the things you always say you want to do but never quite get around to doing? Finishing that book on a towel in the summer sun at the park, that movie that you were dying to see in the theater that’s now on DVD and just won’t have the same effect on your 42 inch TV, that cabinet handle that falls off in your hand every other time you pull it. You know what I’m talking about. The loose ends of life.

We fit our friends in to lunches and cocktail hours just to keep them, we RSVP to 10 events we want to go to but only ever make it to half, (if that) that have an effect on our relationships, well-being or job.

Is this anyway to live? After a 30 minute commute, a 90 minute work out, 4 hours of work, a 1 hour lunch sucking up to clients, 5 more hours of work, a two hour date or happy hour stop over, another 30 minute commute home and 8 hours of sleep, you are left with 0 hours and 30 mins a day to clean house, spend time with loved ones, pay bills, grocery shop or no time for any of those things but you have a hobby. LOL a hobby. All those things you wanted to learn to do but just somehow could never find the time. So sad. What we usually end up doing is pushing all that, grocery shopping and bill paying to the weekends just to get it done, leaving no time for enjoyment and relaxation.

So you’re asking what can I change when I have a 10 hour work day 5 days a week and all of these things I want to do?

Well, little multi-tasking busy body, there are a few changes you can make to potentially lighten the load and be able to spend more time on the things you enjoy.

First of all, stop using meal time to work. Or at least limit it to certain days a week. If you only take business lunches on Monday’s and Friday’s, you can move your gym time to Tues, Wed, Thurs lunch and either Sat or Sun and boom you’re a healthy gym rat 4 days a week. 3-5 days a week are what’s recommended.

So now you don’t have to be up as early, which means you don’t have to go to bed as early, which means you have more time at night. Tuhhhhhhh Duhhhhhhhh!!

Next, set up automatic payments on as many bills as possible so you have less time spent on this aspect of your life. I understand, not all bills can be on auto-pay so pay the rest of them while you are working. Seriously, not a big deal to log in to Edison and spend 30 seconds hitting one button.

Other things we should stop wasting time on. Errand running and grocery shopping. Two words for you… Amazon Prime! Seriously it’s worth it, for what you spend impulse buying at the grocery store you could be saving to pay for Amazon Prime and having everything delivered right to your door. Hello, you know you need light bulbs and banana’s but really wanted to see that play tonight. Boom light bulbs and banana’s at your door step and a check mark next to Wicked. You’re welcome.

Ok, so you are no longer exercising, paying bills, grocery shopping or running errands during your nights and weekends but you’re feeling really limited on vacation time. Your stingy work operation only gives you two weeks of vacation out of 52 weeks. Quel nightmare!! How will you relax in Hawaii, tour Europe and make it to your first cousins wedding in Timbuktu?

Well, we have a couple tips for you on maximizing those vacation… and sick days to their full potential.

Read on in the next blog Vacation or Bust!