Enough Time To… The Beginning

Have you ever looked at a friend, or read about someone, and wondered “How on earth do they have enough time to do that?” Enough time to work full-time including on-call, raise 2 small children, share the household chores, complete multiple Masters degrees (all with High Distinction), read numerous books, and write RPG modules in his “spare” time? Yes, my friend, you know who you are! Or the doctor I knew a long time ago, who was also an Olympic medallist. 12 years of study, 60 hour weeks, and she still had the time to compete at a world level.

In comparison, I … well, I work. Then come home. Dinner happens somehow, then some telly, and it’s time for bed. Rinse, repeat. Standing Pathfinder group on Friday nights. Friends and family occasionally appear. OK, I’m sure that description isn’t entirely accurate, but that’s how it feels. Much like budgeting, I’m hoping to take a closer look at my activities to gain a true picture of what I’m really up to.

I’ve decided to start blogging due to the nagging feeling that I could/should/want to be doing more with my time. To that end, I suspect it will cover topics such as:

    • Motivation
    • Goal setting
    • Habit forming
    • Time management (duh!)
    • Financial management (because $ = time!)

and anything else that seems to fit along the way.

Like other bloggers, this is a way for me to make myself accountable. By writing, I hope to figure out whether I do want/need to do more with my time, whether I actually do have time to do more with my time, and form some (better?) habits.

I’m looking forward to meeting you, and hearing your ideas.

Mrs. ETT

10 thoughts on “Enough Time To… The Beginning

  1. weenie says:

    Hey Mrs ETT

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll, which led me to stumble across your own blog!

    A great post because I too often ask the question “How on earth do they have enough time to do that?’

    I have a colleague who looks like an athlete as she is really into Cross-Fit training. However, she also works 4.5 days a week and has 4 children, 3 of whom are still school age! I don’t know how she finds the time to…well, look so good and fit and do everything else in her life!

    I think compared to some of my friends, I do squeeze in more than they do – as well as working on my plan to achieve FI, I’ve embraced new hobbies these past couple of years, which very few of my friends seem to do – they seem quite stuck in their routines, even the younger ones.

    In the main, it seems I have ‘more time’ to do stuff because I watch less TV than they do and spend very little time (if at all) in shopping malls!

    Anyway, all the best with your blog – I look forward to reading more posts!

    PS – love the space travel theme! At times, when I mention ‘early retirement’ to my colleagues, they look at me like I’m from a different planet, haha!

    • Mrs. ETT says:

      Hi Weenie,

      Two things from your comment really stood out for me: firstly, I’m pretty sure that I’ll find TV is contributing to my lack of time, it will certainly bear further investigation. Secondly, you mention people being stuck in routines – that’s a really interesting observation, and I’ll file that one in the storage banks for some deeper thought. Thanks for touring the “Enough Time” Machine!

    • Mrs. ETT says:

      Hi J,

      Thanks for the warm welcome, step on board! Yes, I finally set phasers to stun on both procrastination and perfectionism. I suspect they may have stowed away, but we’ll deal with them again when we need to.

  2. Dividends Down Under says:

    Hey Mrs ETT! Loving the premise for your blog, I feel like I’ve already seen you around before your blog was live?! (or am I going crazy?)

    Welcome to the Aussie blogging community, excited to see your musings on creating, being content with and looking at having “enough time”, and anything else you decide to blog about!


    • Mrs. ETT says:

      Hi Jasmin (and Tristan) – your sensors have pierced my cloaking device! Yes, I’ve been hovering and commenting around the blogosphere for a while now. I finally decided that we’d spent long enough checking our spacesuits for integrity – the only way to know was to step out into the vast space of the Interwebs and hope for the best. Thanks for joining us.

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