I usually can fit it all in: morning workout, get daughter launched on her day, hair appointment if need to look "smooth" as I call it (when I have outside meetings, a fashion show or something on TV) and then workday full of fun and creative and sometimes fast-paced switch ups --running between art department and reading pages, story meetings and web planning, etc, I love it all. Then it's dinner with family and possibly an evening event. Then a little R&R like watching a little TV (we like Idol and other reality shows and occasionally an HBO Entourage or something special) and then more reading and to bed.
What happens when I can't fit in the elusive workout? I get up earlier. Sometimes at 5 to make it out the door and work out from 5:30 at the pool till 6:30 or running from 6 to 7:30. The hours I seem to need I steal from sleep. And then, surprise surprise, I get tired. Worn out really and not operating on all cyllanders and then I am no good to anyone--especially myself.
I now know I can only steal the 25th hour a few times a week before it gets to me. Some days I just have to sleep in, which means 7, or go to bed early, which means skipping the late-night reading session, or I can't function properly. I get a little cold that lasts, or I get circles under my eyes, or, ooops, I get irritable and quick tempered and then (sorry hubby, sorry Abbi) I am not a lot of fun to be around. So for everyone's sake, including my own, I am trying to go to bed earlier and get up at a reasonable time.
That means giving up a couple of things and changing my schedule. A lunch workout once a week (hair be frizzed!) and even a day when I just don't get to the gym. (Most people drag themselves there; I find it a refreshing break to workout for an hour, like a shower for my inner self, after which I feel clean and ready for anything).
So let me know how you get your 25th hour. without stealing it from your sleep, your health and your job.
It's something we all need to know!
By the way, what room am I in? The bathroom, where I am trying to take better care of myself. What Key Process am I using? Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. My pearl: KNOW YOUR LIMITS. I think I have met mine!