Monday, 30 September 2013
31 Days to a Balanced Life
Welcome to my 2013 31-day series! Every day for the month of October, I will write on one topic. In one month I'll write more posts than I did over the last five. Last year, I chose my topic, 31 days of Real-Life Relationships, because that was something I felt I needed to work on at the time. This year, my topic choice is my current biggest personal challenge.
I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a homemaker. I am a friend. I am a daughter and a sister. I am a writer. I am an editor. I am a blogger. . .
I could add a few more things, but you get the picture. That is a lot of balls to juggle! And I haven't been very good at it for the past few years. I am not aiming for perfection in every single area at every single moment. That would be too much stress!
Instead, I plan to work on improving my own self-discipline and organisation to prevent the chaos and cycles of procrastination and manic obsession that I've been creating for myself. Additionally, I hope to give myself permission to temporarily and purposefully set down one or two of my tasks (laundry, anyone?) for a set period of time without self-imposed feelings of guilt.
To start with, I need to know myself better. I already know that I don't work well with rigid schedules. I can't plan my day down to the minute or I quickly rebel. I have to make it easy to do what I need to do before I take some downtime.
Since returning from our road trip (vacations are great mile-markers to reset your routines), I've been slowly working on a few improvements. For example, I regularly make the bed and wash the sheets. The kids' rooms are tidier (and they help with that too!), and I have been regularly getting up before the kids for the first time since my daughter was born. I make a general effort to clean something on Mondays. I do all my errands on the same day of the week (usually Tuesdays), And because of this, I feel less guilty taking a full day to work (writing and editing, made possible by a bi-weekly child-care swap arrangement with a wonderful friend).
I hope you will enjoy reading along on my adventures. Please don't hesitate to offer any advice you may have.