As an avid golfer, I like to hit the links often. This comes as no surprise to any of my friends in my 3 foot space, nor to my darling wife. However, there is a balance that maximizes both my golf and other life activities I enjoy. Finding he right balance can be tough and but, after years of juggling things, I think I have finally found the perfect solution!
As with all activities, too much of one thing could have a tendency to remove its shine. Over the years, I have bounced back and forth between too much golf or life activities. When that happened, I found that I was not in balance and felt as if I was missing something. Well, now I have found the perfect solution and it stems from being aware of what is happening at home and at the golf course.
To maximize my home activities (kayaking, walking, hanging with my wife, yard work, visiting friends, etc) I have scheduled my golf so I have a manageable routine. My darling wife is very supportive and continually tells me not to worry about setting specific times to golf; just go and have fun. For this I am definitely grateful. However, I have found that if I keep to a golfing schedule, I can get easily partake in my all the fun activities available to me at this time.
After some adjustments, Rick, Blair and I have settled on a routine that works best for us. Because I travel an hour to and from the course, I like to play early in the morning. I prefer to play around 0730 hrs, but that timing is adjustable. Additionally, we like to play Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Four days a week is the perfect number for us and it fits into our current schedules. Of course, things can be adjusted, but his is our routine.
Additionally, by playing in the morning, I am usually home by noon each golfing day. This opens up the afternoons for other activities with my spouse. Or I can putter around the yard enjoying the great outdoors. Golfing in the morning helps maximize for any other activities or commitments I might make.
Having a routine of when I am going to golf is very beneficial for planning ‘to do’ things like Doctor’s appointments, shopping, getting together with friends, etc. By having set times to golf, makes arranging the other ‘to do’ things easier. Of course, at anytime any of these ‘to do’ activities can bump golf, but I have found that with a set routine, it is easy to manage around other activities.
Finding the right balance for all the activities I want participate in is all about routine. A flexible routine of course, but a routine none the less. By establishing when I golf and going early in the mornings frees up more time for my fun life things. Life is about balance and I think that I have found the perfect one!
How do you balance your golf / life activities?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!