The Balanced Life

I’m  doing badly at being balanced. I sort of feel like it’s leftover from before, really, as though I was already not doing the laundry so that fact that the laundry remains undone is just residual. However, this evening as I was being guilt-tripped quite effectively, I started to get that familiar feeling.

“You’re just not being disciplined enough,” a voice inside my head hissed.

It’s true:
– That I am almost always up by 6, 7 at the latest.
– That I spend an average of 8 hours a day in my apartment and six of those tend to be spent asleep.
– That I have about three jobs.
– That I go to the gym two or three times a week.

It’s not true:
– That I have a family to care for.
– That I have a pet.
– That I am incapable of doing my own shopping.
– That I am using my time 100% wisely.

But still, I can’t imagine being very much more disciplined. I suppose I could start planning my day in 15 minute segments. Or I could plan out all of my free time, all the time thus defeating the very idea of free time. I could refuse to do anything spontaneous again ever.

These solutions just seem so excessive.


  1. fibermom · January 21, 2010

    I think you’re quite disciplined, though I admit that when I was your age I did plan my life in 15 minutes segments. I had kids, though.You could use Toggl for your non-work life, though. Cause I bet it would show that laundry takes 3.74 minutes, and then you’d know that you can do it while you wait for your oatmeal to steam. And at the end of the week, you’d see that you had been sleeping and exercising and visiting people and all kinds of good stuff, and you’d feel more balanced.

  2. chanthaboune · January 21, 2010

    @fibermom – That’s actually a great idea! Great udea!

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