Working for a living was so much easier!
To start with, 5 days of my work were dictated by my employer. I got a little free time in the mornings before going to work, but the only time I had available to do anything constructive was a few hours every evening and the weekends. Working and living was not a particular difficult challenge simply because the options were very limited.
While I was working, I did a lot of recreational running which expanded to me becoming a certified running coach; to volunteering as coach for a local track club; to running all road race distances from 5km to Marathon. With the exception of the once/week coaching, and the self discipline involved, it was no major challenge and could be scheduled around work!
While my two children were growing up and getting involved in their various interests, it was again a simple matter of scheduling and avoiding any conflicts with my coaching and racing. My training had a degree of flexibility.
I have always loved music, and my interest crosses all genres. A long time ago, and while I was working, I decided to learn to play guitar, which seemed to naturally progress to writing songs and then (because I wanted to hear them subjectively) to recording them at home. My sounds often needed embellishments, and so an electronic keyboard and multi-tracking equipment found its way into my basement. This was a fairly time consuming interest however, like running, a flexible schedule worked very well.
I used to love cycling around England when in my teens and, with the advent of mountain bikes, decided to rekindle that area of interest.
I also had a desire to volunteer for various organizations and the only criteria that was necessary for me to adopt was to volunteer for only one organization at a time. My volunteering track record tended to average just over 2 years per position. It did obviously put a little pressure on my other interests because, in all my cases, schedules had to be established and adhered to. However, as my music and running activities were relatively flexible, it all worked together very well.
I also enjoyed gardening, and had no problem with doing the majority of home repairs as they became necessary, so my life while holding down a full time job was very busy but manageable.
The underlying control on all these activities was the fact that Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, I was expected to be in my employers location and working. With the exception of travel times and meal times, the rest of the time was mine to allocate/schedule as necessary. It really was not that difficult!
Then I retired………………………!