Opening my eyes each morning is a wonderful thing. Yes, it’s always great to be alive each morning, but knowing that the day ahead is my own is so amazing.
If you aren’t in FIRE yet, or in “normal” retirement, don’t be mad at us, just take some of these ideas as a target for yourself if you have the same intention.
I have so many options for the first hour of my day:
- I can lay in bed and read a little, lay in bed and relax, I could try to meditate for some extra zen (I’m not yet able to do this, but I’ll keep trying), I can even go back to sleep if I want more zzzs. If I raring to go, I can jump out of bed immediately.
- Once up and at ‘em, I have a new set of options. I can make breakfast, I can read the news, I can read something educational, I can read something entertaining. I could watch tv if I felt the need to slack (never happens). I usually go relax in my spa for a little while and read something interesting. The morning spa has been a part of my morning activity for over a decade. When I worked from home I knew my spa time was exactly the same time most people had to suffer in their commute to work. So my spa time initially became known as my “commute.” Commute to my home office. Now, it’s more of a zen/selfish time.
- At this point, we’re now talking about 9a-ish until later afternoon,4p-ish. This is like power time. In my area, this has a lower traffic volume making errands far easier than later or on weekend. The stores still seem busy (doesn’t anyone “work?”) but calm enough. The weather is usually great to exercise or be active. What a chunk of time to be productive if you chose.
- My evenings starts off with no commute/stress. Usually, no errands while others are trying to do the same. This can be a nice wind down (or finish up to daily activities). There is time for learning new things because the real tasks may already be completed.
- When I’m ready to crash for the night, I can. I don’t need a clock reminding me that I need to sleep so I can be up for tomorrow. I usually fall right asleep after a relaxed evening which followed an enjoyable day. I sleep great at night knowing the 2am secret.
My point is your entire day/week task time shifts in FIRE. Not only do you have more time for your tasks, you are flexible in the completion of these tasks (screw it, today I’m going to hike instead), you are less stressed when performing tasks (income tax prep comes to mind this month). I also believe you may complete tasks better because of the three previous ideas.
Stress reduction and life enjoyment are critical for us. I believe health, happiness, and family are super important and finding the best in each, no matter what your working situation is, makes each day/week more enjoyable.
Can you find a way to shift things to make your time better?