Week 2: If I had more / less time

Cameron spends this section talking about how our sense of time shifts when we don’t have the structure of a working life any more.  I think there are things to be learned from this even if you aren’t retired yet.

I can’t work due to Lymes but still have a structured day because of all the blogging I do.  My biggest issue is deciding how to use the time and the ENERGY I have to make my choices.  People with chronic illness have to consider that in their equations.  I’ve found that if you don’t make deliberate choices then you are leaving yourself open to depression and can spend a lot of time with the ugly, nasty Should Monster.

In Chris’ case, she’s still holding down a corporate job but getting ready to transition into retirement.  In a lot of ways, her time is more limited now because she’s trying to get our business running in a way to support us in retirement.

Task – Time

All of us have the same twenty-four hours, but we can and should make deliberate choices about how we are spending that time.

Both of us found the first half of the exercise to be easy.  We always have things we want to do or try.  But what about if we have less time or energy?  What would we change or eliminate from our day?

  • Finish the five “If I had more time, I’d try…” sentences.
  • Finish the five “If I had less time, I’d try…” sentences.

Task – Time and Space

Allow yourself to sit in a place in your home.   Look around from this spot and see it with a fresh perspective.

  • What do appreciate?
  • What do you wish to change?

Use your morning pages to help through sorting out any emotions or priorities in changes you may want to make.

Cee’s Time:

Email: Cee at ceeneuner@me.com

  1. If I had more time and energy, I’d try take more showers.
  2. If I had more time and energy, I’d try taking more photographs.
  3. If I had more time  and energy, I’d try going outside more.
  4. If I had more time and energy, I’d try walking.
  5. If I had more time and energy, I’d try to clean up around the house.

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  1. If I had less time, I’d try to play less games.
  2. If I had less time, I’d try to watch less TV.
  3. If I had less time, I’d try not to “should” on myself so much.
  4. If I had less time, I’d try (Don’t know)
  5. If I had less time, I’d try (Don’t know)

My home office Space

What do appreciate? It has so many windows with some gorgeous trees outside.  It holds all my printers, computer, paper, and camera and lenses. I adore having two dog beds, and the chair I have for when Chris visits my office, the cats use it as a bed.

What do you wish to change?

  • I need to get rid of old printers no longer in use, and computers.
  • Need to organize my things.
  • Definitely need more photography on my walls to cheer it up.
  • Maybe a brighter color on the walls. Currently, it’s blue, which I really like, but the blues have a lot of gray in them so it is not nearly as cheerful as I would like it.

7 Comments

  1. Chris’ Time:

    Email: Chris at chrisadonner@me.com

    If I had more time and energy, I’d try to cook more. To make friends with cooking.
    If I had more time and energy, I’d try actually doing my tin whistle lessons and get to play it well. I love the sound of it.
    If I had more time and energy, I’d try to do my Jane Fonda video tapes at least three times a week. She has some new ones designed to people my age and I like them. She’s inspiring, and she’s 15 years older than I am.
    If I had more time and energy, I’d try to do more to clean up around the house.
    If I had more time and energy, I’d try to do more writing.
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    If I had less time, I’d try to figure out what I’m doing with the time I have and see what needs to change in my life.
    If I had less time, I’d try to watch less TV.
    If I had less time, I’d try to declutter more so it’s easier to keep our house clean.
    If I had less time, I’d try (Don’t know)
    If I had less time, I’d try (Don’t know)

    Our bedroom

    What do appreciate? It’s always quiet there, well away from any street noise. It’s a large room, so I don’t feel claustrophobic in it.

    What do you wish to change? It’s too blah, not comforting or conducive to sleep or meditation. It might as well be a room in a Motel 6. Too impersonal. It’s needs to be more “us”. Or at least not so much “nobody”. That response surprised me. I thought I’d be writing about how I need to declutter my closet (and I do) but what came out is how nobody seems to live there. I see a Morning Page writing in my future.

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  2. Adding my two cents worth…

    Time

    1. If I had more time, I’d try to play the keyboard more often
    2. If I had more time, I’d try to read more
    3. If I had more time, I’d try to spend more time outside
    4. If I had more time, I’d try to digitize old slides and photos
    5. If I had more time, I’d try to nap whenever I want to

    1. If I had less time, I’d try to keep from napping in the afternoon
    2. If I had less time, I’d try to spend less time on the computer
    3. If I had less time, I’d try to speed clean the house every week instead of doing a little every day
    4. If I had less time, I’d try (I don’t know)

    The Sun Room/Office Space

    What do I appreciate? It has windows around three sides of the room with views of the woods from all three sides. We have floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on the windowless wall and bookshelves under the windows along the opposite wall. There also is a sofa that is a great place to sit and read or take a nap. And I love the valances we have over the windows.

    What do I wish to change? I rarely use the office desk anymore and probably should replace it with a nice credenza for more storage. The room was originally a back porch that was enclosed by a previous homeowner. It gets very cold in there during the winter because it doesn’t have insulated windows or adequate heat, even though we had ductwork and heat vents installed.

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  3. I agree that the less time was more challenging for me also.

    What was interesting though, is some things went on both sides. I was actually surprised by it, although in a way it makes sense. I do these things because I enjoy them, but there are always trade-offs if I want to accomplish other things.

    For example:

    If I had more time, I’d cook everything from scratch. If I had less time, I wouldn’t cook at all (I’d make do with precooked chickens, salads, eggs and sandwiches).

    If I had more time, I’d read a book every day. If I had less time, I’d cut my reading way back.

    If I had more time, I’d hike in the mountains every day. If I had less time, I wouldn’t walk the beagle so much.

    Cheers!

    Nancy

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