During my time off work a enjoyed some really good session streaming and as I enjoyed the time with my viewers, someone mentioned about being a full time streamer! Now, as you might be aware, I actually have a full time job, my own radio station, write for two blogs and stream on Twitch, so life is understandably really very busy. As I walked for my usual morning coffee this morning, it got me thinking about what my perfect day would be like if I had the time, money and motivation to do everything I wanted to do- without the things I had to do to to pay the bills – e.g. work. So what follows in this waffle is what I would class as my perfect working day…
Before I get into the details, I just wanted to clarify that what follows it not my perfect day of all time but my perfect working day. The former is usually associated with long walks on beaches and sitting watching the sunset over distant snow capped mountains. I’m no good at that sort of thing, but work is something I can do, and hopefully do well. I am assuming that I don’t need to do my full time job any more. I do really enjoy my job but it does take up significant amount of time which I could dedicate to streaming and radio but it pays the bills which allows me to finance these activities. There was once a time that I would say that even if I won the lottery I would continue my current job. Unfortunately I feel that that would now not happe … I’ve been doing it for a long, long, long, long time and I feel I definitely need a change. So what would my day be composed of? Well in order to bring some order to this waffle I’m going to take you through what I would describe as a typical day.
Early Mornings – I’ve always been an early riser – although this is more difficult when I have to get up! I like working in the morning so this is definitely a time which I would be getting up and getting out. I would definitely start every day with a walk to my local Costa to settle down with my MacBook and a coffee (and maybe toast) to check emails, interact on Discord, catch up on Twitter and make appropriate likes and comments on a range of Facebook Posts. Then it would be blogging time! I really like to sit down and write these waffles. I would also hope that there would be a community which would have developed and grown around the blogs – linking in with discord – and the morning coffee time would be an opportunity for me to engage with the discussions and actually engage with my followers. This would also be the time that I would be creating new adventures for both the D&D and Shadowrun campaigns and reading up on rules etc. Of course, the radio station would still be playing throughout this time. If I was super busy I might even have to stay for two coffees! but usually I would think I would be leaving about 11:00 and heading home – oops back to my office!
Afternoons – After getting back home I think it would be time for general housework stuff and lunch – it would be great to actually sit and have lunch without actually having to eat and work all at once! Although my mornings would be quite routine, I think the afternoons would be more flexible. Sometimes I think I would probably give it over to admin work of some description, like uploading songs to the radio station’s database or sorting out subscription requests or even checking out the new stories or gaming news in preparation for future radio shows. At about 15:00 I would definitely do a streaming session probably based on a less popular game or even a IRL (in real life) session – I do like this nice channel on Twitch since it just allows me to stream about anything, although there is still some debate whether when I am planning my radio show I should be in the IRL or Creative? For me the answer is simple – its the one I need to be in without getting banned again – yes that did happen – shame on me. Sometimes, if there was a good afternoon film on the tele, I might just sit down and watch it, curled up on the sofa only moving for a refill of my drink. Currently, as I work and stream and present on the radio – I have a statement which I try to keep in my mind at all times – “If I am sat doing nothing, then I have forgotten that I have something to do!” It would be nice to not have to remember and act on that statement.
Evenings – After a meal, I would definitely be spending the evening doing the two things which I really love to do. A couple evenings a week I would be doing my radio shows and the rest of the time I would be streaming. I currently do three radio shows, so I would hope that these were still happening although if there were plenty of presenters being part of the station then I would be happy to reduce my role to more of a manager – maybe just having the odd show which I could combine my three shows into. Streaming would be my passion on the evenings – probably streaming late into the night since I would not have to get up for work the next day. I would definitely have a couple of campaigns – a D&D one and a ShadowRun one and then maybe even playing in one? Coupled with this would be streaming my favourite games – Star Wars, Black Desert Online and Elder Scrolls Online. It would be really nice to get fully immersed in these games and, with less of my limited brain power having to think about work, I might actually start to know and understand more of the games! I know – you probably think that will never happen if you have seen me play!
Weekends – Having a full time job means that the weekend is always taken up with streaming, blogging, planning, housework and presenting. I do think that I would definitely take a day off everything in order to enjoy something else. I’ve always wanted to get into photography and, with my new acquisition of a drone, it would be possible for me to actually leave the house (pause for absorb that moment of madness) and venture outside to take photos and videos. This would probably become part of my YouTube channel, so it would not be completely dislocated from my virtual life. You never know – when I eventually get round to making some waffles, I might actually get bitten by the baking bug!
There are plenty of things which I actually want to do and succeed with – animation within the old Flash would be great, being able to draw superhero cartoons, write a series of short stories the list goes on. Maybe, just maybe, I would start to find the time to actually engage and complete some of these projects. Believe me, time is the issue at the moment, not motivation. If I had a another six hours every day I am sure I would be working wonders with my projects.
I often meet up or see people who have retired or left work and they always look so well. I always ask what they are up to and they always state that they are extremely busy and this is what I think I would hope my perfect day would be like. I don’t want to sit and do nothing every day, I want to be busy but not have the huge amount of stress, and in my case anxiety, about what I am doing, what needs to be done and what I have forgotten to do. I guess enjoying what I am doing and not being stressed would all contribute to that feeling that everyday would be my perfect day.
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Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled!