Now that I’ve quit my job, have no classes to attend, and no tests to study for, you might think I’d be grasping for things to fill my days with. In fact, between rehabbing my new investment property and finishing up some other projects around my own house, I have a full plate. What’s interesting is that I’m realizing that when my schedule was so full and varied this past spring I was sort of forced to break down my projects into small chunks. I would have 5 hours to work on rehabbing a place before having to head to class, or to work, or to bed. And I’d have these sort of forced-rests during my commute to class on the train when I would do some light studying or just surf the internet on my laptop, or when there were chunks of time here and there that were too small to do anything with other than relax and watch a movie.

But now, with a completely open schedule, there’s no natural break to catch my breath so instead I just take a break whenever I feel like it. Which is turning out to be about two days per week, usually when friends and family tempt me with their company. Otherwise I’ve been waking up naturally around 8 or 9 am, spending a leisurely 45 minutes or so with breakfast, showering and preparing for the day, then heading to work on my latest investment property.

When actually at the house I work dilligently, but I’m careful not to break a sweat if I can help it, and I’m pretty much ready to quit for the day around 4 or 5 when I go home and have dinner and settle in for the night. I expect to keep this up for about the next four or five weeks or so when most of the house ought to be finished.

I do find I can’t really allow myself to spend a day hiking, or taking a long bike ride, or going to a festival or whatever. I just figure why not save that stuff for when I don’t have a house to work on? The nice thing is this schedule of regularly working on the house will be short lived. It only takes so long before the thing is ready to be rented out. So given that it’s so temporary, I have no problem putting off those other activities that, though fun and worthwhile, tend to eat up a whole day.

I’m interested to see what I’ll find myself doing once this house is done and I have no big project in front of me. It will probably be a mix of several smaller projects with a lot more days “wasted” hiking, biking, hanging out with friends and whatever else it is that we all do with ourselves.

Right now I’m hoping to have the place finished and available for rent by December 1st, but we’ll see, if I have to push it off a little longer, no big deal.

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  1. Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see how things are coming along. Keep us informed. You’re one of my favorite blogs.

  2. lurker
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    yes. hope you took more “before” pictures of the new place…I really enjoy seeing what you are able to do when you rehab a house for rental…it is cool and something I wish I could manage…but my other problem is not wanting to be a landlord. Your law degree is a nice complement there. How do you find good tenants? and how much time does it take to manage your properties after you rent them out? I know you are just starting out in this but I have been enjoying your blog and like to give you ideas for posts…as if you need them. Cheers.

  3. Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I love your line about working diligently but not breaking a sweat. Good luck getting the place finished and rented!