How time does slip away when one is caught up in life! It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a month since I last posted here. Between a scheduled vacation, a semi-scheduled stint on a jury, and the standard ridiculous schedule of a mother of four, updating my blog sort of slipped to the bottom of my priority list.
The good news is that I am, at last, home again! And with a bit of luck and a lot of work, I should be able to settle my life into some semblance of order.
Along those lines, I stumbled onto this list of tips for work-at-home moms about a week ago. Balancing my work, personal, volunteer, and familial obligations has always been an enormous struggle for me. Usually, it’s the personal obligations that get pushed to the bottom of the pile, and then I end up tired, frustrated, unbalanced, and even soul-sick.
It’s so easy to skip the things that nurture us.
The schedule slips, so you skip your morning walk or jog.
A day of running errands means you hit the coffee shop early and often and swing through the drive-through for lunch.
Evening brings a quiet hour or so before bed, but you work or do chores instead of unwinding with a good book or a hobby.
Check e-mail and social media while waiting for the kids instead of just taking a few long, deep breaths.
The list rambles on. And before long, we’re back in that ugly place where we’re no good to anyone–least of all ourselves! (Or our families, our clients, our communities, etc.)
Back to that list.
Some of those things don’t apply much these days. I don’t really need childcare as my children are all in school and old enough to entertain themselves when they aren’t in school. And while I’m still working on enforcing my schedule, I have created one, and the family is aware of it.
But the rest of the items on that list–the ones more centered on planning an organizing, on saying “no” to more commitments, on connecting with other people–those are the ones that I need to work on.
So now that the distractions of vacation and jury duty are behind me, it’s time to get some routines and boundaries in place. I have some new projects on my plate, some new prospects in the pipeline, and some new goals in sight.
Let’s get to work.