How I Plan to Design My Time

This is my first blog posting of what will be many more to come describing how I plan to design my time without consideration to earning a living.

Since this blog is all about my journey to make my time my own, I thought the very first post should describe in detail what design my time may look like for me. My intent in describing a typical day for me post-corp role is to help me keep my eyes on the prize. This way, if (or when) I begin to doubt my path — or get distracted by a desire to spend large amounts of money on things I don’t need — then I’ll have this description to remind me of what I’m working toward.

I realize the below may not sound all that exciting to others, but to me it sounds like bliss! It means having the freedom to spend time each day reading and musing about things that interest me, working to build a business of my own, and enjoying time with my husband and our dogs being active outdoors. Now this gets me incredibly excited!

So, here goes… this is a start at how I plan to design my time:

Home Base Days (typical days at home)

  • 6am – wake up, stretch, enjoy coffee on patio writing morning pages
  • 7am – walk the dogs, read the news, enjoy healthy breakfast
  • 9am – workout! fitness – pilates, yoga, orange theory, spinning, etc.
  • 10am – shower/dress – errands, clean, organize, pay bills, etc.
  • 12pm – visit animal shelter / volunteer
  • 2pm – work (write, research, correspond, create)
  • 6pm – make dinner
  • 7pm – walk dogs
  • 8pm – watch tv / read / learn new language
  • 10pm – bedtime

And in my IDEAL (stretch goal) world we will be able to spend one month each winter and one month each summer visiting a mountain town with our dogs, plus taking a trip or two each year to explore the world. Here’s what my mountain days would look like…

Winter Mountain Month (days spent visiting mountain town)

  • 6am – wake up, stretch, enjoy coffee and write morning pages
  • 7am – walk dogs, read the news, enjoy healthy breakfast
  • 9am – ski / snowshoe / fitness class
  • 1pm – lunch
  • 2pm – work (write, research, correspond, create)
  • 6pm – make dinner / eat out
  • 8pm – watch tv / read / learn new language
  • 10pm – bedtime

Summer Mountain Month (days spent visiting mountain town)

  • 6am – wake up, stretch, enjoy coffee and write morning pages
  • 7am – walk dogs, read the news, enjoy healthy breakfast
  • 9am – hike / fitness class
  • 1pm – lunch
  • 2pm – work (write, research, correspond, create)
  • 6pm – make dinner / eat out / outdoor music festivals
  • 8pm – watch tv / read / learn new language
  • 10pm – bedtime

So, that pretty much sums up how I would design my time if I was free from the confines of my corporate job. I know it doesn’t sound very exciting, and why the heck am I getting up at 6am? Because I’ll be so excited to start each day knowing I get to spend it doing exactly what I enjoy! Who knows, maybe I’ll even wake up at 5:30am.

Maybe I can get my hubby to summarize how he would design his time too. But if I were to guess, he would design his days to include several hours of sports, like golf or basketball, and training to compete in some type of fitness activity, like becoming the next Ninja Warrior!

What about you? How will you design your time after attaining financial independence? Or, for those of you who have already achieved FI, how do you typically spend your time? Is it different every day or have you settled into a routine? I would love to know more!

 

Your thoughts are welcome!