Most adults know the importance of time management skills. Most have things like work, maybe school, a family, a home, etc. I have some of those things myself. I have a house and several acres of land. I have several jobs; I have my “9-5” job that also requires me to travel a great deal (about 32 weeks a year). But I also have our greenhouse/farm and I’m a black belt at the karate school. This doesn’t seem like a lot until you think about all of the little things.
Things like, cleaning the house, doing laundry, putting salt in the softener, doing the dishes and taking out the trash. Then we have mowing/weed whacking/trimming the yard, weeding the flower beds, mulching the flower beds, watering the plants, cleaning the fish pond, pruning the trees, cleaning the garage, maintenance on the mowers, the quad and the Jeep. Dog baths, vet appointments, feeding the dogs and cats, cleaning the dog pen and changing the liter pan. Thank God my dogs are able to go to the farm with me on the weekends.
And if all that isn’t enough, some lady decided that her POS car, with 3 inches clearance, would make a fine off-road vehicle. And in her pursuit of all-terrain activities she sheared off 5 fence posts and 50 feet of my fencing, so that needs repaired. I also need to build a new front porch, a deck, and a small stoop. Also on the list, put a roof on the dog kennel, paint the mini barn, clean out the mini barn, put up 300 feet of new fencing, repair a screen door and clean the siding. And this is all just at my house.
I also run our family hydroponic greenhouse; this is a year round business that requires constant work and upkeep. We can grow almost 4500 plants at a time and are looking to expand in the next year. I’m also the accountant, so I pay bills and taxes and place orders and maintain our accounts.
Since dad passed away, I also help maintain my mom’s house. This includes things like lighting the pilot light to the water heater, putting up about 10,000 Christmas lights (no, I am exaggerating) and the occasional rodent removal. We finally hired someone to help her take care of the pool because I just don’t know how to maintain a pool and have no time to learn.
Then there is the fact that I’m the resident computer “expert”. Basically I’m on-call 24/7/365 for my entire family and all of my friends. I install new printers, replace routers, explain the internet and give lessons on basic computer skills. I also have to know just about every operating system out there. In the family alone we have Windows XP, Vista, Win7 and now Win8. I maintain 6 wireless networks, 14 laptops and 9 desktop PCs. In addition I have setup and help maintain 5 websites (including this blog) and 8 Facebook pages!
Did I mention I’m also the family travel agent? Because I travel for a living I am much more experienced in the world of hotels, flights and rental cars. I’m also good for the occasional free flight or hotel room as I rack up a lot of loyalty points. So far this year I have booked a trip to Disney for my mom and me, a summer vacation for my sister and her main man, a trip to Arizona so I can see MK run her Ironman. Currently I’m working on a summer
vacation for 20 people (yes, that’s as hard as you might think and inevitably someone will be unhappy)! I’ve also helped plan a fishing trip and there is talk of a trip to Maine later this year.
While I am a Black Belt I have not been as active in the karate school as I once was. This included taking and teaching classes, helping at tournaments, competing, belt testing and special events; in general I was in the school about 4-5 days a week. Now I’m down to about 2-3 nights when I’m home and I haven't competed in years.
And let’s not forget my physical state, I’ve had two surgeries to repair various body parts (a heal and a shoulder) since Christmas and I might have to have another one in a month or so. And at some point I need to get my right knee fixed up.
Then I have my personal life. While this does not currently include a significant other, I do enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We have church, dinners, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, births, baptisms, holidays and sporting events. And I'm trying to help one of my best friends build a cabin in another state. Right now I’m trying to figure out how to be at the farm for work that must be done and at my niece and nephew’s baptisms in a couple of weeks. And we had to postpone a birthday dinner due to the fishing trip.
So what do I do? I decided now is the perfect time to train for my 6th degree Black Belt test, run a half marathon and do my first triathlon.
Yup…I’m out of my mind, but damn it’s fun!!