Altered Schedule

This is day 4 of an altered schedule.  Now that I’m off caffeine, and .. either (a) I’m waking up more alert, or (b) I am equally sleepy all day ..  After going on a vacation, and getting some feedback from very wise person, I am trying this:

  • MAKE TIME for things that are fun.

However, at the same time, my wife and I are trying something else:

  • Can we exist with one car? 

The plan on the latter was, I would have the car on Tuesday and Thursday, and she would have the car on M,W,F.  I drop her at work / she drops me at a work / that kind of thing.

So here is how it has panned out:

  The Plan The Reality
6am-? Wake Up, jump in the shower, drink some water, etc. 2/4 days yes.  3rd day: shower followed by nap.  4th day:  sleep till 7.
?-8am Get to work (or leave for work) by 8am! More like 8:30 arrival, or 9:00, but hey the cat has a vet appointment, so lets go for 10:00.
8am-5pm Work till 5 or whenever I get my hours in by. Leave at 3:30 to get the wife from her job, go home and then work at home for a few hours
5pm-8pm Be “productive” till 8pm (house stuff, etc) This has worked pretty well.  Dishes are done!   Bills are paid!  Cat is brushed!
8pm-10pm Do something fun / just for me from 8 to 10 This has also worked pretty well.  Video editing, watching pro cycling, etc
10pm-11pm Head upstairs, wind down, journal, dim the lights, get to bed Worked ok for 2 days.  Then yesterday: THOU SHALT NOT SLEEP!
11pm-6am 7 hours of sleep! 1am: Cat.  3am: Cat.  5am: Cat. 

What we also figured out is, my wife uses her driving time as her solitude time.. she’s a closet introvert (I am a closet extrovert?!!) .. so as much as I loved having time with her all to myself in the car while transporting each other, she got increasingly grumpy at not having recharge time.

So, in summary:

a.  Our schedules are too deviant to make it work with one car.   We’re keeping both cars.

b.  I’ll try The Plan again.  This time with my own car.

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