About eight months ago I was in a period of mental overload unable to enjoy my family life and exhausted by the daily grind. I felt that life was happening to me and that I only had limited say.
I struggled to be a good mother and girlfriend and all in all was at a low point. It was at this point that I decided to take back control - not any easy thing to do when you are struggling to stay in a growth mindset. I took it upon myself to interrogate all my lovely friends and find out how they make the daily juggle work. I also spent hours googling time management and life hacks. Through this process I found my golden three things that helped me to find my almost balance;
1. Daily prioritization - I start each morning by doing my morning writing which comes from Julia Cameron's book The Artists Way This allows me to do a brain dump and clear my mind ready to start planning my day. I make a list of everything I would like to and then prioritise it into two separate categories; need and want. A 'need to do' can only be done today while a 'want to do' would be great to be done today but can wait.
2. Chunk my day - In order to reduce my mental energy shifts during the day I then plan my tasks into energy chunks that require a similar mental state. That reduces my mental shifting and thereby increases my overall potential energy for the day. For more on this see my blog 'Find more time by re-evaluating your calendar'.
3. Accept breaks are important and necessary - This is one that is still a work in progress for me. I'm terribly guilty of being the person grabbing a sandwich and working through lunch to get one last thing done. In reality by not allowing myself time to recharge during the day I find my performance substantially declines over the day. On days when I give myself time to go outside and recharge, for even 15 minutes, I find my productivity increases substantially.
By doing these three things I find that when I return to my home life at the end of day the groutchy and mean parent/partner has been substantially reduced as I still have mental energy left to enjoy my time with my loved ones. What are your three golden things that help you to find your almost balance?
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