Working from home is definitely not the walk in the park many think it is. Yes, it has it benefits but this being the first Christmas/New Year break where I’ve continued to run my business was exhausting to say the least. Trying to juggle work as usual on my normal work days while Mr. G and Elliott were home or trying to fit some family holiday time at the beach while having to work was tough. I’ve received many emails saying ‘Hi Eva, I hope you have a relaxing break and are back in the New Year refreshed’ and I just thought to myself ‘oh, I wish’. This experience and the fact that the last couple of months have been a bit too crazy has made me realise how important it is that I try REALLY hard this year to make time for family, work and my blog without neglecting either of them.
Get back into routine
I can’t remember the last time I actually followed a routine and its a shame because I used to be really good at it. If I can stick to this and set rules for myself, not only will I have a better chance of fitting everything in, but I’m sure it will help me reach my goals, feel as though I’ve achieved something and have me feeling less stressed.
Here’s what my new work day routine looks like for Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
6 – 7 – Wake up and work out!
7-8.15am Shower, dress, eat breakfast, pack Elliott’s lunch and get him ready for daycare. Mr. G is great and organises his breakfast while I’m doing my workout.
8.15 am – drop Elliott off at daycare, stop in for my morning coffee and come back home to get prepared for the day.
9am – Work (no checking of emails!)
12.30 to 1.00 Lunch (away from my desk)
1.00 – 3.00 Work (now I can check emails)
3.00 – 3.30 Break – prepare dinner, tidy a room
3.30 – 4.00 Work
4.00 – 4.30 Reply to emails, plan the next day.
4.30 – pick up Elliott.
No more work! It’s family time!
Limit work on the weekend
Working from home means you can easily get caught up in your work because it’s always there and you’re always switched on. I’ve now decided that apart from checking social media briefly (I have to, I’m a Social Media Manager for goodness sakes) I will not work unless it’s absolutely necessary. Weekends are my chance to have some time to myself, recouperate, enjoy time together with my family, get things spick and span for the next week, cook up meals for the week. Limiting work on the weekend is all about setting things right for the week ahead and starting fresh.
Learn how to say NO
I suffer greatly from the whole FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) thing, I like to take every opportunity that floats right past me, that’s just me. But I’ve learned recently that I just can’t sustain that anymore and am putting too much pressure on myself. It’s going to be hard, but this is one of my goals towards balance.
Accept that I may be a multi-tasking mummy, but I’m not superwoman!
For as long as I can remember I’ve been independent, an overachiever and intensely ambitious. I tend to go 5 more miles than other people do when really, I’m the only one that notices. It’s time for me to take a couple of steps back and realise that doing my best is enough.
Does some of this resonate with you? How are you working to get the balance back and focusing on being less overwhelmed?
Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT