I went to another oboe lesson yesterday. One of the interesting challenges of learning a wind instrument that I wasn’t prepared for is how tired practicing makes the muscles around your mouth. This means that you can only practice for a limited amount of time, and as a beginner, we’re talking about 10 minutes or so. Well, you can’t get much done in that time, so ideally, I prefer to practice three or four times a day. As the oboe is pretty loud (and I sound like a duck) I can’t do any practice late in the evenings as I don’t want to annoy my neighbours. All together, this means that my day job is interfering with learning the oboe.
It got me thinking about what I would do all day if I didn’t need to go to work. It goes without saying that I love this website, and so I’d want to spend more time writing for plonkee money, and probably work on some other web projects. As I explained above, I’d also want to spend more time practicing the oboe (and probably the viola, which I also play). There are a couple of other things that I’d like to have more time to do. Finally, I actually like what I do for a living now, and some of the challenges and so that I get at work couldn’t be easily replicated elsewhere so I’d still like to keep the same job.
It looks like my best combination would be working at my current day job for the equivalent of 3 working days a week, working on web projects for the equivalent of 3 days per week, and then spending a couple of hours a day on music practice and other projects. This might sound like it’s still a lot of work, but it would actually be less that I currently do.
The difference between my best combination, and what I actually do, is that I spend more time on my day job than I’d like, and not enough time on everything else. I am working towards changing this though. This year I have started to take at least one day off per month to work on web stuff and other things, on top of the regular hours that I put in each evening.
If you didn’t need to worry about money, what would you do all day? And how are you working towards it? Let me know in the comments.
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