Every day, I spend just over 12 hours out of the house. I get up at 6:25 and leave the house at 7:10 for a 9:00 start at work. I get home in the evening two hours after finishing work, at 19:30, and that is if I do not run any errands after work such as going to the grocery store.
At work, we have three shifts, you start at 8:30, 9:00 or 9:30. So far I have always been on the 9:00 shift as I am still considered “in training”, but starting next week, I will be on alternating shifts, just like everyone else. For two weeks in August, I will be on the 9:30 shift meaning I will not finish work until 18:00 and get home even later than I do now.
As you can probably imagine, this doesn’t leave me with much time in the evening.
Between having dinner with N., doing some housework, and spending some time together relaxing, I never feel like I have enough time. N. gets home about two hours before I do, and it seems he is already doing the majority of the housework during the week.
Sometimes I feel that during the week, I am just doing the bare minimum, I am never really doing enough housework. On the weekends, I feel like I don’t have enough time to do everything I want to do, spend time with N, meet up with friends, do housework and do things such as organising my personal stuff, blog etc, and work out.
I’ve been in my job for two months, and I’ve not been to the gym a single time since. In the evenings I usually lack the energy not to mention time to go. I haven’t even gone on the weekends, which I cannot really blame on my job if I’m honest. As a result, I’ve put on quite a bit of weight in the past two months and I’m not happy with that at all.
There just isn’t enough time and it’s so hard to find a balance. I often feel like I am letting down everyone, most importantly myself, and no matter how I do it, I can’t get it right.
This is why I know that this long commute has to be temporary. At my last job I used to get home at 17:30, and those two hours every day make such a big difference.
In the end, I usually let my personal stuff fall by the wayside, but that isn’t a long-term solution. I need to work on my health and start working out again, and I want to have more me time again. Somehow, somewhere I have to find the energy and time to fit in those things as they are so important for my well-being.
Hopefully, as I get more and more accustomed to this schedule, I will find a way to make things work, to find a better balance, and hopefully, my next job will be closer to home and give me more time in the evenings.
How do you cope with a long commute? How do you balance everything, especially during the week?