I don’t consider myself deprived of a life. Sure, I work, I study, I have a family and things are busy as hell. No, I don’t watch a lot of TV and there are about a million books I don’t have the time to read. I don’t go out much and don’t have any hobbies. But you know what? I still have fun. I still connect.
The trick is quality over quantity, and patience. I make sure that if I watch TV, it’s something I REALLY enjoy. I have my favourites and I download them on Apple TV to watch when I have time. Sometimes that’s scheduled in, other times I just need a break. We don’t have normal TV set up so there’s no mindless channel surfing because god, that sucks you in doesn’t it? Flicking stations for a minute that turns into an hour that turns into a day? I do the same with books- big series like Wheel of Time that I’d love to go back and read again are on my rain-check list. I make sure that I still read the ones I really want though- sometimes short, easy reads like The Dresden Files, othertimes things with more bite. But I’m a fast reader so even a giant of a book doesn’t stop me for long (I can’t read + study, I HAVE to finish the book).
I may have lied, I do have a hobby-writing. This blog, a fiction novel and other bits and pieces. I limit myself to set times and make sure I’m not getting myself behind, but that makes me enjoy my writing time more, and I think it makes me more productive, too. I love to see movies and go every few weeks. I hangout with friends online or in person every so often. Weekends are family time, which is awesome (when nobody is getting killed)
I guess I am lucky to enjoy everything I do. I don’t schedule fun, I let it happen and I appreciate it. I just do it with purpose and avoid (most of) the traps that lie in between- those boring, spaced out stretches that aren’t fun, connected, productive. Do thing with intent. And for God’s sake, stay AWAY from Facebook…