Did you ever find yourself with so much time on your hands and nothing to do? Or so much to do and no time whatsoever? How about having all the time and tons to do, but lack of motivation to actually do any of it? Right now, I’ve been experiencing a bit of the latter.
I am a list person. I have a Mead Big Fat Notebook that I write down everything that I need to do. It probably holds about three years worth of “to-dos.” When I go to the beginning of my current one, I am back in 2007, so I am right on track. I write everything in there; from laundry and paying bills, to downloading photos, buying gifts, and little things to remember that I might otherwise forget. Then I cross everything off and I feel like I have accomplished so much! I love my little Fat Notebook! The only problem is, I fill it with so many things, that I sometimes get annoyed with myself for having so much to do.
Being unemployed, it’s great to have so much time on your hands to get stuff done. For example, being able to go food shopping on a weekday morning instead of dealing with the crowds on the weekends is a “luxury.” But who wants to spend their free time food shopping?
It’s also nice to have those extra moments to work on projects that have been on the back burner. My wedding album has been mine. My husband and I were assigned to go through over 3,000 pictures and narrow it down to the ones we like. Afterward, we were to make an appointment with our photographer to make the album. In the 3 ½ months we have had to work on this (time since we were laid off – we have had a little less than 2 years to do it), we have chosen the pictures but have yet to make an actual appointment.
I have a million projects like the wedding album on my “to-do” list. Essays to write for journalism contests, scrapbooks to be completed (much less started), books to read; the list goes on.
What I find interesting about having time on your hands when you are unemployed, at least for me, is that these are still somewhat tedious things I need to get done and it’s hard to motivate myself when I know I can do it at anytime. What is bad about this is that (hopefully) this time will disappear when I get a job.
I love having the freedom to do what I want, when I want. I love being able to see friends and family on a whim; to help others out at a moment’s notice; go out late and not think twice, but I also miss having a schedule and being somewhat regimented.
The grass is always greener. In the meantime, I better get on this “to-do” list before I start complaining that I have no time!