It is easy to find one engrossed in work, studies, or other commitments, but it is hard to find free time especially if a person has an active lifestyle. So when an opportunity to have leisure time lands on someone, I’m sure he can think of more than a dozen things to do to fit in the schedule.
Does this scenario seem familiar to you?
After a day’s work filled with lots of tasks such as answering emails, checking deliveries, contacting suppliers, discussing strategies with colleagues, and attending meetings, it is understandable that one can feel so drained at the end of the day. After stuffing dinner, a person will be most likely to be fatigued to do anything. The idea of hitting the bed after a relaxing shower seems inviting most of the days. But soon weekend and holidays will come and a dedicated worker will be rewarded with two days or more of leisure time.
Unless a person is a workaholic, he will treat this resting time as a valuable jewel. It might start on Thursday (or earlier?) when one will already plan ahead of what to do on the upcoming weekend. Will it be an escapade or a stay-cation? With family, friends, or someone special? Beach or city theme? Whatever he chooses, he wants to make the most out of the precious time given to him. If he won’t, he’ll have to wait for another five days for another opportunity.
As for me, when I feel worn-out from my consecutive traveling, I’ll choose to stay at home and get my rest. A social animal, my life is a whirling mass of meetings, dine-outs, shoppings, and what have yous. Sometimes, I take pity on my human body and decide to take some rest at home. Sleep late on a Friday night to wake up in time to warrant a lunch or early dinner, watch boring TV shows, clean my room, etc. Typical home buddy for a day. But there are two things I love the most when I am free and just staying at home – reading and writing.
I stopped counting on how many times I have repeated my admission that I am a book lover. I don’t know how you’ll take this, but my TBR (to-be-read) list has already reached above my neck [not literally]. Don’t get me wrong; I always read books when I have time and since I joined Goodreads, I can track my progress. This is not to brag, but I’m happy to say that I read at least five novels a month. Still, it isn’t enough. I know. As Frank Zappa said, “So many books, too little time.” Quot Libros, Quam Breve Tempus.
So when I have free time, no matter how short it is, you may see me buried in a book. “I must read more. Read more. Read more,” I usually say to myself like a mantra. There are many books that I want to read and is certain that there are more that I haven’t discovered. I continue reading – an endless journey in printed words that put me in different ages, various places, diverse culture, and remarkable personalities and characters. I thirst for it and I would go as far to say “addicted”.
However, not so long ago I joined a new wonderful world where I didn’t plan to join at first. My insistent and very influential [only to us] colleague introduced me to WordPress and when I saw the site, I knew I was charmed. Enticed. Attracted.
I began writing and found myself missing this activity. Is it possible to miss something you are always doing? In my job as a production editor, communication is extremely important as I am the focal point of my entire journals’ stockholders, and since most of my contacts are in different continents, email is the tool mostly used. Anyway, when I started posting entries in my blog account I felt this pull in writing. I’m not sure if I can exactly put it into words, but the feeling is great. At that point, I made an imaginary nod to someone who first mentioned that writing is an outlet – an expression of deeper emotions, sentimentalities, and opinions.
After that, I knew I was lost. I was drawn by an unseen force, compelling me to write, to put into words those often random and crazy thoughts that are swimming in my head. It’s cathartic. I was able to voice out [shall I say, write out?] my rants, political views, philosophical thoughts, cravings, and even songs in my head! 🙂
Since I now have two hobbies that can easily occupy my time, imagine my predicament every time I am free. Will I read and try to decrease my reading pile? Or write something interesting in this blog to benefit my lovely and devoted readers? Will I jump to different era in a book or reminisce something in my past and write about it? Will I grab a new novel with an interesting genre or brave to write something with a different theme from my common posts? Will I pour myself over a story and critique it later, or write various restaurants, hotels, and resorts reviews?
I have always been in between these two especially recently. I still have to finish around 15 books for my 2012 Reading Challenge while I need to continue writing and bring something fresh to my followers and visitors. To read or to write? That is the question.
Currently, I try my best to do both. Conceptualize something first then make a point to write a post in less than an hour. Writing takes shorter time than reading and since I am always with millions of ideas [unfortunately not so original and most often silly] I do it first. Then I read. Or if I have this Eureka moment, I’ll stop in between my reading and pour my heart out. I don’t know if what I am doing is going to be okay for the long run, but if it won’t, then at least I tried this strategy. Hopefully, I’ll find an efficient way how to juggle these.
My friends have more than once accused me of prattling too much, and if you, my dear readers, have stayed with me until this paragraph then I salute you. I know for a fact that some would definitely feel lulled after the first paragraphs, but if you made it here, and then I assume you absorbed my current dilemma. Having said it all, do you have any suggestion on how I can take the two? To manage my free time efficiently?
Or better, will you be kind to share how you can read and write during your leisure time? Which do you do first? Which is your priority? Do you have any technique with this?