Where does the time go?
In completely technical terms, working an 8 hour day job leaves me with approximately 6 hours of free time, for me to do whatever I want. It sounds like enough to do almost anything, but somehow I end each day wishing I had more time. Where does the time go?
Day to day life
After 8 hours of work, the idea of immediately doing some other activity is not very appealing. This is usually the time I sit down and watch something to entertain myself. Depending on how tired I am and how many entertaining things I can find, this can last between 10 minutes and 2 hours. On rare occasions, I spend the rest of the day like that.
There is a variety of random things I do every day that I barely think about. Washing dishes, cooking food, eating food, putting clothes in the washer and other things. These mindless tasks add up and can take anywhere from half an hour to 2 hours of my day, depending on a lot of factors. With everything I mentioned so far, somewhere between 1 and 3 hours have been used up.
The big things
The difficult part of managing my 3 to 5 hours of free time is deciding which of the three important things I want to do: playing video games, programming and drawing pictures. You might ask:Why not divide the remaining time in equal parts and do all three things? Or schedule tasks for certain days?
Things aren't that simple. Each of these activities has a different nature that controls how I should best spend time on it. When it comes to video games, there are times when I have nothing to play for weeks, and other times there are I want to play for hours every day. Video games are the most important part of my life, so every other activity I do is limited by how much I want to play games during that time.
Programming is the second most important item on my list. The details aren't important, but I do my best to spend as much time as I can on it. It's like a second job. There's a limit to how much energy I can spend on it in one day, so I sometimes end up with about an hour of free time left when I'm done programming.
The last hour
At this point, maybe you're thinking "Doom the wolf seems to have his schedule figured out. The pieces fit together perfectly: spend the last hour drawing.". At this point I consider the list of pictures I want to draw. All of them need to be done some time, but none of them are interesting enough to start drawing right now.
Making art isn't like any other task. My ideas for pictures aren't clear visions of artistic beauty. They're really vague concepts with almost no form to them. My ability to draw a picture appears to be completely random. I can't limit it to a schedule. One hour is not very much time to make art. Some of my pencil sketches take longer than that.
So, when is there time to draw pictures?
I'd like to be able to upload art more frequently , but the circumstances make it really difficult. I don't know how it is for other people, but I can only make art if I have a whole lot of free time in a row. I might need somewhere between 4 and 16 hours in a row. I work best when I can have an entire 1 to 3 weeks where I do almost nothing else with my free time.
To put it clearly, I have to take weeks of "holidays" from my usual activities to focus all of my attention on drawing. No more games or programming.
What can I do with one hour?
With one hour and nothing left to do, Valentine tells me I should go to bed. I hate that answer. I'd rather sit around being bored. Today, I decided to spend it writing this journal entry. I hope you found something valuable in it.