I Have No Concept of Time

WOW!  I’ve so lost any concept of time in just over a week.  I mean I forgot I had to write a post today until my wife reminded me this morning.  My initial feeling of one endless weekend is starting to wear off and I’m just beginning to realize the feeling of this is my new life for six weeks.

I wonder if this is a common thing when taking an extended leave off.  I’ve felt this lost of time before while on vacation a bit, but never to this degree before.  For example, I went to the library to pick something up in the morning and forgot it didn’t open until 1pm because it was Sunday.  I thought it could have been a weekday.

I’m starting to think I need to impose a little bit more structure to my days to make sure I actually get something done (other than cuddling with the new baby or playing cars with my oldest, which are fun but I have noticed I tend to let the dishes pile up and I’ve been ignoring my mostly brown front lawn).  My wife is making significant steps forward in her recovery from the c-section so going forward she can start to help out a bit more with everything.

At the same time I’m concerned about trying to impose too much structure on my day.  We do have a new born in the house and a seemingly endless stream of company showing up with gifts and having a visit.  So in the end I think a floating to do list is a good idea.  I’ll write down ideas of things to do and just chip a couple of items off each day.  Also I like my wife’s idea of the PJ rule.  We have to be dressed for the day and out of of PJ’s by noon each at the latest.

Also this blog will slowly get back to discussing more personal finance issues as time moves along.  I’ve been ignoring my google reader account for over a week (big surprise) so as I read everyone’s posts for the last week I’m sure that will generate a tonne of new ideas for posts.

So have you ever lost complete concept of time?  How did you like it and what did you do to get it back?

4 thoughts on “I Have No Concept of Time”

  1. I know the feeling too well. I work from home and don’t have much structure in my life. I think it’s pretty great, but I honestly never really know what day it is, and I end up sleeping or working at weird hours (ie: right now at 4am)

    I really enjoy the freedom to do things when I want and it’s great with a young family to stay very involved with raising the kids.

    I don’t mind staying in PJs all day, and to get things done I just make sure to write everything down on a white board and try to complete 2-3 tasks a day.

  2. Jordan,

    Thanks for the feedback. It’s nice to see what works for others in a somewhat similar situation.


  3. Welcome to my world! You are indeed seeing what it is like to be retired. Good advice on the PJ’s. I have (mostly) adhered to that beginning about a month ago.

    Here’s another helpful hint I just started doing. Before I get out of bed each morning I say “ok, what day is it?” It often takes me a minute or two to figure out but a) it helps to remember it for the rest of the day –since really every day feels like Saturday and b) it’s good to give your brain a little exercise, as little as that might seem.

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your freedom.

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