i’ve come to believe that time is extremely flexible.  one is only as busy as one thinks, and has as much time as desired…time mutates based on perception, and choosing to feel ‘not busy’ leads to there being enough time.

never have read “the four hour work-week” but I’m a fan of the title.  Too many of my acquaintances have super-hero complexes about how much they work, even to the detriment of their health.

I’ve been like that before, so I know the psychological mindset: it’s easy to use work pressures to feel (falsely) important or fulfilled.

Over the past few months, I’ve realized a few things about work and play:

1. leaving things to almost the last minute means that they will get done with the best possible information. This means: every moment something is left undone is an opportunity for new data to arrive, which will facilitate the final product or effort.

2. Always choose to do something fun over work.   My forms of fun tend to be healthy, so this isn’t as counter-intuitive as it sounds  (I don’t drink, use, eat animal products or processed food, and prefer exercise, having tea with friends, and learning to most other activities.) Having enough fun makes work more efficient. Fun things this past week:

-ice skating (indoors and out)

-running

German conversation group

-lots of online scrabble now that Scrabulous has renamed itself and is no longer being sued. (I just checked: 35 games 10 games since it was re-released middle of last week)

-raw dinner party (tonight)

work will fit itself into the free time.

3. Learn from extroverts. As mentioned previously, I’m an INTJ, about 75% on the introversion scale. Recently I’ve been surrounding myself (through luck, synchronity, and chance) with extroverts, and it’s been extremely educational.  Outgoing people schedule things to do during free time, even to the point of over-scheduling.  If they become over-whelmed, they cancel plans.  This is a great tactic from an introvert’s point of view-  in the past I’ve tended to NOT schedule things to do with other people, for fear of being over-booked and not knowing how to cancel/reschedule effectively.  That approach would leave me with too much alone time occasionally, and being alone too much causes one to lose perspective. ‘

4. Occasionally, multi-task: I’m talking about multi-tasking in brain hemispheres:

-I can do accounting and chat online (left=accounting, right=chat)…obviously both take place through the same interface (my laptop)

-I can’t chat and play scrabble (both require language)

5. exercise during the daylight. In Maine, this requires pre-planning to a certain extent.  I tend to not be ready to do much (exercise) until 10am, and during the peak winter it gets dark here around 3:30pm.  While I don’t make this work every day, if I do it’s not a problem to shift a couple hours of work to later hours.  Additionally, computer work is best done at night, in my opinion.  Why waste precious daylight staring at a screen?  I’m sure if I lived in southern latitudes sunlight wouldn’t feel like such an expensive commodity.

Posted by:brook delorme