Making Your Own Time

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Of course, I still have things to do. I have this blog to write, the new Warrior Fitness blog (prepare yourselves! More on that later), my gymnastics coaching and training, a new CrossFit gym, and a passive income project I've been working on, as well as my martial arts and exercise. There are also a few new video games that I need to play through. So I have a lot on my plate, as usual, but this time, I can do my projects on my own time instead of working them around someone else's schedule. Which means that I might not be doing things at the usual times.

Marching to the Beat of my Own Drum

Unconstrained by the usual 9-5, or someone else's 9-5, I am discovering that working during the usual times is not always the best way to get things done for me.  Free to work when I feel most comfortable doing so, I've found out what my ideal work patterns and timing are, so I've started to sketch out a rough outline dividing up my day.

Figuring Out What is Really Important

Once the lines have been drawn in, I now have the freedom to color them in however I see fit, according to my own sense of aesthetics. When I am free to follow my natural inclinations, I discover what my real priorities are. The things that I feel the strongest need to complete during my day are not what I might expect. Beyond simply being pastimes, I derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from doing these things, so I've consciously worked to dedicate more of my time to them.

So far, I've been using my free time to dedicate more of my time to doing the things that I have discovered make me happy. It doesn't feel indulgent. It just feels like I'm actually treating my time as if it were valuable, filling it with things that make my life feel worthwhile rather than simply busy. I've managed to get a lot of writing done, set plans for my future, and begun moving towards my new goals. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep my priorities straight as I make some tweaks to bring in some money.

I think it is valuable to think about these things: When would you choose to do your work if you had the freedom to choose? What would you like to fill your time with? How can you take steps in that direction?

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