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Life Without Schedules

Ever dream of life without meetings, deadlines, or schedules? Last week I took some time off from work and really didn’t do too much. Well that is after the cleaning, cooking, wrapping, entertaining and cleaning again was over. It was kind of nice waking up and not “having” to leave or arrive at a certain time for anything. I set my own schedule, stayed up late, slept in, and didn’t feel rushed or hurried.

But now it’s back to reality. Work, schedules, kids’ schedules, bills … routine. I’ve never been a real routine person but do like to accomplish things I set out to do. Sometimes I find it hard thought to shut off that guilt voice in my head that says “you should be doing something” when I try to do nothing. That’s why I choose to leave my home for summer vacations so the voice that nags me to do chores stays home, and I can vacation voice-free.  But the week after Christmas is like a free pass, to take a few days to relax and enjoy life without schedules.

I often wonder how many days it would take before I found life without schedules to be boring? When my dad retired a few years ago, I know he enjoyed not having to get up and head to work for about two weeks, then he kind of was at a loss for what to do. Fortunately he has found hobbies he didn’t know he liked and the grandchildren keep him busy — he even got his first cell phone after he retired!

What type of person are you? Do you thrive on schedules and routines? Or do you prefer to set your own? I guess really the answer is a little of both in my case.

4 comments

1 Betty { 01.12.13 at 4:59 pm }

Gosh, I’m glad to hear some of those statements. I’m 73–have two part-time jobs; one in a school. I was glad to have the Christmas break–sleeping late, reading. But, it seems that you never get caught up, sometimes frustrating. I can’t wait until spring as I’m an avid gardener. I also can’t wait until the weekend; either to be lazy, take a nap, see a movie, be with friends and before you know it, it’s Monday morning—again. But–I’m counting the minutes each day that makes the days longer–and warmer!.

2 Greg { 01.09.13 at 12:02 pm }

I do. I long to live by the seasons just as your article suggests!

3 m burnett { 01.04.13 at 4:54 pm }

I seem to have an endless “to do” list but try to let the day take me where it wants as long as things get done!

4 Denise { 01.03.13 at 10:51 pm }

Im like you, im not a routine person. My schedule is so messy! When I’m off I sleep late, lay down and watch TV but when you have 2 kids it gets hard to enjoy time off. I have a 16 year old son that does nothing but sleep on weekends like a night owl and my youngest son whos 9 that likes to get out and go places. Then Monday comes and I have to wake up at 5:30 AM and be at work by 7, I can never get to work on time. I end up calling in late. Im just so disorganized– thats my problem. I have to spend money on groceries, gas, bills, etc.. and you have to think that takes away a lot of your money. Just be glad tomorrow is Friday! I love my weekends, atleast I get to relax at home longer than I can on a weekday. Everyone gets thrown off by Monday though.. I guess thats why all of us are grumps on Monday’s haha!

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