An Ideal Schedule

Sometimes I day-dream about the ideal life, but I never really consider what my day would look like if I could design it from scratch.

Would it look much different from what I’m already doing? How practical is implementing an ideal day? Are there things I could be doing that I’m not doing? Why not?

This is a first attempt to take the theoretical and make it functional.

6:30 a.m. – I wake up between 6:30 – 7:00 each morning.

7:00 a.m. – I walk to the local coffee shop to have coffee with Holden. We chat about life, politics, philosophy, business, and family.

9:00 a.m. – Work for two hours. Either at the coffee shop or in my office.

11:00 a.m. – Break. Read or take a walk.

11:30 a.m. – I spend some time with my wife and daughter. We enjoy lunch.

1:00 p.m. – I spend a couple of hours hiking. I stop whenever I feel like it to write or do some work. Alternatively, I may work from my office or have business meetings.

3:30 p.m. – I return home to spend time with family and do housework.

5:00 p.m. – Exercise.

6:00 p.m. – Shower. Prepare clothes for tomorrow.

6:30 p.m. – Prepare dinner with my wife and daughter.

8:30 p.m. – Put daughter down for bed.

9:30 p.m. – Spend time with wife.

10:30 p.m. – Bed.

Other Nuances

5:00 p.m., Once a Week – Instead of exercise some sort of book club or meeting of minds with a group of friends.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Once a Week – Lunch with a business associate or old friend.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturdays – Farmers Market with wife and daughter.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Sundays – Breakfast with wife and daughter. Followed by a nice walk.

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Once a Month – Evening cocktails and conversation with friends and neighbors.

6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m, Once a Month – Date night with my wife. Grandparents watch my daughter.

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Twice a Month – Invite my in-laws over for dinner.

At least once a year – A domestic vacation.

At least once a year – An international vacation/trip.

At least once a year – A physical challenge such as a multi-day hike, marathon, or adventure race.

Barriers to Obtaining This Schedule

My Current Career – My current work day requires my time from at least 8 a.m. to  6 p.m. each week day, including commute. However, that same job pays well and enables many other elements of my ideal schedule. It is also mentally stimulating and relatively rewarding.

Is it possible to find a more flexible and equally rewarding work situation or is this a trade-off I will have to accept?

Am I Being Creative Enough?

My “ideal” schedule isn’t very creative. It’s my current life with a little less work and more time with friends/family. Does that mean I’m not being creative enough?

What if I sold everything I lived in an RV? What if I organized some alternate living arrangement? What if I sold everything and started a small restaurant or coffee shop?

What possibilities are there to consider?

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