For me, the challenge is addition.
Yes, I’ve chosen to give up or cut back on a few things. But I’ve added in an awful lot more. In fact, the only problem I have is a loaded schedule.
Well, actually, it’s that my day is loaded, but it’s not on a schedule. I’ve been trying to add in anti-aging activities on a more or less as-available basis.
But I’ve reached a crisis point. This piecemeal approach isn’t working for me. I’ve now added more to my day than I can comfortably handle.
I need a schedule.
Living with 3 cats makes this challenge enough. But half of HB’s work is in the theater. Normally, she’s working on two or three theater projects at a time. She can be tied up at all hours of the day and night. And most of her projects only last for 3 or 4 months. So her schedule changes constantly.
But if I’m going to make it all work, I have to do something. So I’m trying to work out a routine. Because I’ve added a lot into my life.
I need time in the morning to exercise consistently. So I need to get to bed at a reasonable hour pretty much every night. And that means HB may sometimes come home from her theater work to a sleeping husband.
And since meditation is a powerful stress buster, I’d like to be able to do more of it. Trying to work it in “when I have time” has meant I hardly ever meditate.
Of course, there are also the million little things, like juicing, that don’t take a lot of extra time individually. But they sure add up when you put them all together.
Plus, I’d like to be able to spend more time pursuing my passions – wildlife photography and volunteering at the local zoo. If I managed my time better, I could.
I have an obsessive-compulsive streak, but it doesn’t seem to include scheduling. I suppose it could be because I’m a child of the “free spirit” 1960s. So this kind of consistency doesn’t come naturally to me.
But the reward is well worth effort. When I finally hit retirement age, I want to be able to look forward to a few more decades. Decades HB and I can spend actively chasing our dreams.