Monday, 30 September 2013

31 Days to a Balanced Life

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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.

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