The last day of my week off. I haven’t done any work for work and I now know that I won’t be able to. I know that once I start, it won’t stop and I don’t want that to happen so I’m not going to start…yet.
Instead I’m going to reflect on the week. How did it go?
House – This has had a good clean and tidy, and my wardrobe has been reorganised. The garden didn’t get done because of the weather. The important thing now is to keep on top of things and not let them slip back. This only takes a little bit of effort each day. One thing I learned this week is that chores seem worse when you’re thinking about them than they actually feel when you’re doing them. It’s overcoming the hurdle of getting started.
Food – The week’s menus were planned and I did a proper food shop rather than a rushed online one. Next week has also been planned and bought. Again, it’s all about thinking and planning ahead.
Relationships – I had a really nice afternoon and evening with my hubby. The girls are growing up: one has been at work all week or socialising with friends, the other has been out and about with friends. I have to make the most of the odd snatches of time with them and get used to the fact that they’re independent or nearly independent.
Exercise – I did a couple of different gym classes and had the muscle ache to show for it. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of dancing. This doesn’t feel like exercise but I’ve lost nearly half a stone in the last two months because of it.
Sewing – I completed my dress project and learnt new techniques from the Craftsy tutorial. My confidence has increased and my patience and focus has improved. This has extended into other areas of my life.
Writing – I’ve made an effort to post daily in this blog. I now need to get back to the creative writing.
Fun – I’ve had loads of fun: days out, evenings out, dancing, exercise, sewing, time with family and friends, socialising with neighbours.
This week has taught me that things don’t just happen on their own. I like to be spontaneous and free but without planning, things don’t happen. You need to focus on what you want to do and make the time to do it otherwise time just passes and you haven’t done the things you want to. Although I did a lot of things, I also had a lot of time to just relax and chill. It’s made me realise how important it is to do this. Time just being is as beneficial as time spent doing – there needs to be a balance.
The challenge now will be to maintain a work-life balance. Once I go back to work, I feel that I just hit the ground running and don’t stop for breath until the next break. This leads to increasing exhaustion, a feeling of being overwhelmed, an inability to think clearly and inefficiency. I think we have a really strong work ethic in the UK, which is good, but we need to remember the importance of balancing this with fun. The fun ethic needs to come into play as well.
Here’s to the week ahead.