Free time? Do Work!
Since my girlfriend and I split up, I've had an obscene amount of free time. How has this made me feel?
Bored. Bored as all hell.
It was a relationship where we spent a lot of time together, simply being around one other, but it was time that I was a.) not working for money and b.) not working on projects at home. I didn't realize how much of a time sink it was until it all stopped. Abruptly.
So I did what any person does when they experience heartbreak. They bury themselves in something. In my case, it has been work. Between my salaried job and consulting for my own company (for which I am in negotiations for procuring a 2nd part time contract) I will be spending approximately 70 hours a week on the clock. 40 for salary, because working overtime is for chumps, and the other 30 or more split between two clients. Initially, I thought this was going to be arduous and difficult, but thus far it has been relatively simple. You'd be amazed how much work you can get done from home when you are free from the distractions of other coworkers and an office. It sounds counter intuitive, but I find myself much more productive working from my home "office" than the cubicle at work. The lighting is more pleasant, I can cook myself a real meal on my stove and chow down while doing research or writing a proposal. My cat comes to keep my lap warm while I'm cranking away at technical drawings. I could keep going, but I won't. Working from home is probably not for everyone, but it works great for me.
Weekend work really takes a chunk out of weekly time requirements, too. 14-15 hours a day for 5 days in a row is pretty brutal, I can't argue with that (shout out to you doctors and lawyers out there - keep grinding). But when you pepper in a few hours Saturday and Sunday morning and evening, that 15 hour weekday requirement turns into a 12-13 hour weekday requirement, and lemme tell you - the difference between waking up at 5AM and 6AM when you've got that much work per day for yourself is about the difference between being sacrificed to Cthulu when the alarm goes off, and waking up at the peak of Mt. Olympus with some Ambrosia by your bedside.
In the one month that I've been devoid of a female companion, I've cleaned my garage and finished three automotive projects that had been hanging on my head for months (C4 Corvette here, 1980 C10, and my '85 Z28 - a future featured vehicle). This is in addition to the numerous home improvement projects that I have been able to dedicate time to. I've done some tree trimming that was planned since I initially moved into my house (over a year ago), and have got some electrical work that is just waiting for me to sack up and crawl into the rafters in the roof for.
Do I think that burying yourself in anything is healthy? Absolutely not. But my logic is, if you have time to burn, you have time to learn, and if you're not learning, you might as well be earning. Wow. That sounds great. So great I'm going to put it in quotes.
Now that I'm done stroking my ego, I'll get back to the topic. Boredom is procrastination at its finest. There is always something you could be doing, and sheer laziness is all that is to blame when boredom enters your heart. I found myself sitting on the couch the other day, staring at the TV (which was turned off) for about 15 minutes before I realized that if I'm doing nothing, I have no excuse not to get ahead on work. So began my adventure into the following week's contract work. Before I knew it, two hours had flown by and in 90 short days, I'll be a little richer because of it. I don't always have the energy to work out or run when I am extremely bored, but it takes almost no effort to hop into the bean bag and do some reports for a client.
Until next week, I'll be grinding - how about you?