I was struck a bit last week when I read Sarah’s ideal week in part because it’s not something I had ever thought about before. I spend a lot of time planning and thinking about where my time went. Somehow I never thought to create this vision for what I’d like my week to look like.
When I sat down to craft my very own “ideal” week, I decided to make it a realistic one. I would prefer to work out at a different time, but given my current training schedule at my current gym, I am slotted for MTRF at 8 AM. While I would prefer to keep my workouts to a punctual 60 minutes, they’re usually closer to 90.
Some parts here are certainly aspirational, though- like two extra days of cardio and one day of yoga (lol), the thought of reading in the evenings (lol x2), or the religiosity of being asleep by 930 on weekdays (lol x500000). It’s okay to be a bit aspirational, though; this is not what my weeks are, but what my ideal week could look like.
I’m pretty pleased with the way things look. M-F look incredibly similar. Workout, work, take care of Bo and the house. Monday night WW meetings and Tuesday night Toastmasters make the cut, but many things here seem to not have, including laundry, dishes, or general household admin. Things that need a place but I have yet to carve out time for. Other than “I don’t want to do laundry on Sundays”, I have yet to figure out where that task in my life should go.
The weekends were, by far, the hardest part. I did carve out 4+ hours towards “Open Source”, something I’d really like to do more of this year (this summer especially). What I’ve blocked off as two hours for “nails” is better described as miscellaneous self-indulgence- nails, a massage, donuts; things that don’t need to happen but definitely make the list for “ideal.”
I think the next piece to this is keeping track of a week (I started this AM) to see where my time is actually going. Then I can evaluate the delta and see where I want to make changes. At the very least, it will help me better decide where I see “ideal” as doable vs “aspirational.”
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She lives with her husband Casey and their pup Bo in Savannah, GA.