There are a handful of reasons why I started to put feelers in the market, none of which were related to time management. But, when an opportunity for a lateral move quickly presented itself (same basic work, same base pay) AND the office was 20 minutes from my house, it seemed too good to pass up.
I want my two hours.
If you had two extra hours a day, what would you use it for?
Here's what *I'm* thinking of:
- More sleep (and less money spent on make-up because I'm not trying to hide the bags of exhaustion under my eyes)
- An hour a day (well, most days) for exercise
- Good-bye Hamburger Helper, now that I have more time for preparing healthy and complete meals
- More sleep in the morning because I don't have to get up early to read the paper now that I can listen to it on public radio while I drive to work
- Fulfilling my goal of having a healthy garden, because I have time (and energy) before or after work to prune/weed/water
- More time to talk with my family during the week because I'm in my car, and not taking public transportation, where I can use my cellphone without fear of being *that* person talking non-stop in the close quarters of the subway, bus or boat
- Be fully present with family and friends, instead of resistant to social plans because I'm "too tired"
- Be fully present with BMG to create adventures
- Develop my creative side through dance, writing and art
- Relearn how to meditate and start a spiritual practice
- Take action to make the world a better place through community service
- Give myself permission to take a long bike ride or travel longer distances to explore the world by kayak
My rational brain still struggles with this. I actually like my current job. I am pulled, intellectually both to the services my present employer offers in the world and the challenges presented in the workplace as the business grows. It is a good fit for my professional skills and my ego. I'm not burnt out, I have no ill will towards the company or my colleagues. In this context, leaving feels like a weird thing to do.
But I want my two hours. I really want my two hours.
So, I'm going to take them.