How did this happen to me, this never-ending rat race? How did I get here? I’ve never considered myself a workaholic or a type-A personality, but if you were to watch my actions, you would probably think I was. It’s sad, really, that I am letting my activities and work rule my life instead of me ruling them.
Lately, I’ve been looking for ways to slow down and make my work work for me. I work from home, for goodness sake! The point of that is so I can be with my children. Really, I’m never WITH my children. I’m sort of near them while working. Sometimes, I even answer them when they speak to me.
When I searched for ways to organize my day, the first thing I saw was a statement that basically said, “Your actions define you. How you spend your time is who you are.” Gulp. It’s not looking good for me.
Then, what followed that statement was a list of things to do. Some items were:
1. Set long term goals. (Does my goal of going back to bed count as long term? Or shall I aim for the future by planning to sit down and watch 20 minutes of TV a week from Thursday?)
2. Determine my priorities. (I know what my priorities are. Unfortunately, feeding my children is one of them; thus, the work.)
3. Think ahead. (Well, duh.)
4. Postpone minor tasks. (I’ve got that one covered. If you want proof, look under my sofa.)
And the list went on from there. This led me to determine a way I could save time...don’t read articles about how to save time. (Which reminds me, why do people BUY books on how to save money???)
So for now, I’m going to just try to schedule my work time. I’ve considered getting up at 3:00 in the morning to work so that I could have my day with my family. Then, I realized that they really would not want to be around me, Mama Bear, if I did that. I’m going to set an amount of time that I will devote to work each day. When I hit that time limit, I will turn off my computer and walk away. My job is one where the work just keeps coming and coming and coming. If I leave it, I can assure you that it will be there the next day, and it will have friends. I just have to remember that I can only do what I can do. The rest will have to wait. The kids’ activities are calming down right now for the holiday season. Now, if only my work schedule would calm down! Until it does, I’ll have to figure out how to calm it myself. -Al