I was sitting at the computer this weekend, plugging away on yet another spreadsheet. In this case it was trying to make an estimate of available hours.
Although I continue to have Job Nervousness (here and here), none the less at this point in the program it makes absolutely no sense to leave my current position unless 1) I am kicked out; 2) I retire (highly unlikely, but an option); or 3) They so change my job role and (more importantly) my salary that it makes no more sense for me to be there. That said, I am thinking about methods to supplement my income. A second job - one that a) involves a little more physical activity; and b) is of the engagement level that I do the work and not have to think excessively would fill the bill.
(Why? Frankly, I would like more of an allowance to travel to Japan when that gets started again and I do not want money to ever be the reason I cannot go).
As a result, I began to work with my schedule, trying to arrange it such that all my current activities and studies did not fall off into having no time allocated and seeing what chunks of time I might have available.
I was absolutely stunned when I was finished.
By my count, the process of rearranging my schedule and keeping my activities and interests ongoing and working and getting what is effectively my sleep pattern, I can have 18% of my weekly hours (30.75 hours for those, like me, that struggle with math in your head) available.
That includes all my Iaijustu training, my "real" job, volunteering for the rabbits, and Sunday mornings allocated for God.
Yes, that is enough time for a second job (if I decide that makes sense). But that is also enough time to do any number of things: Learn a new skill. Master a skill I am learning. Good heavens, go get another degree or certificate.
The placement of the time was interesting as well. I have large chunks of time - 3 hours at least 4 days a week and a huge chunk - 6 hours - on Saturday afternoon.
Does that mean I have to fill every hour? Of course not. One needs to leave some manner of space for the unanticipated or unexpected. But what it does mean is that I have a lot more available time that I thought I did, if only I will use it wisely.
And time, after all, is the stuff of life.