Spending a significant amount of time on vacation, as I have learned, has a serious drawback that does not appear in any brochure, nor do they advertise it in the "fly-away" type magazines on the airlines. Since coming home, I seem to be behind on everything and cant seem to muster up the time to get things done.
I just don't understand it. I was keeping afloat just fine before I left. I've "caught up" on my work and am current on everything that absolutely needs to get done. I'm missing out on the things I want to do. But I also can't shake this feeling of being behind. It is as if the day has shrunk even though we are now in the height of summer and the amount of daylight is at its peak. I get up, I go to work, I come home and before I know it, bedtime so I can get up in the morning and do it all over again.
For heavens sake I still haven't even gone through and edited 1/3 of the pictures I took on my vacation. But at least I applied metadata ... but I digress.
I've always felt as though I have a shortage of time to do the things I want to do. And this isn't an naive post of not knowing that you never have time for everything you want to do. This is much more about the simpler things.
It is manifested in the finding 10 minutes to shine the work shoes on the weekend.
It is manifested in reading another 30-40 pages in any of the 4 books within which I am actively reading.
It is manifested in picking up the watch battery for my pedometer.
It is manifested in taking the 20 minutes to get caught up with this friend or that whom I have not seen in some time.
It is manifested in having a half hour to go explore some interesting detail or location with the camera.
It is manifested in having the time for a good workout.
It is manifested in every little thing. And it is frustrating.
But there really isn't a silver bullet to this issue. It is an age-old dilemma for most. But I know, that from somewhere deep down, I just have to make the time and make these items a priority. Eventually they will get done. The frustration may never be shaken. The feeling may never depart.