In the spirit of my making myself accountable to my lovely readers – here goes, stage 1 of reorganising my life!
After my wake-up call last week and the realisation that I need to get a grip, I have been thinking about the changes I need to make in my life. As well as sorting out my food choices and exercise options I need to overhaul my working-at-home life too.
Back in the day when I worked in an office the days seemed long, and the weeks dragged. But my life did have structure and routine. For many years I longed to be in charge of my own destiny and dreamt of working at home.
Two years ago of course, the company I worked for obligingly gave me the opportunity to do just that!
It’s not as easy as I thought. There’s the dogs of course, they love having me home. And of course they need attention and a fuss. There is always washing to be done, and who knew that I enjoyed housework? My lovely Enjo business is helping with that! And Facebook calls constantly!
What am I trying to say is that I am frequently distracted. And my days fly by! I cannot believe how quickly time passes at home.
The other problem is that my lovely family and friends forget that although I am at home, I AM working! I need to remember to say no from time to time.
The end result of all of this is zero structure and routine. Which in turn means I am not efficient. And I will often find myself working in the evenings and at the weekend when I should be spending time with my lovely hubbie.
The other thing that this affects is my eating routine. When you work in an office lunch time is a welcome release. Time to get up from the desk, surf the net, talk to co-workers etc etc. Working from home means that lunch time often passes by unnoticed. Not good for maintaining good blood sugar levels.
I also have 4 businesses and a part time job that I need to stay on top off! So, this is something that I really need get sorted moving forward.
Of course the great joy of working for yourself is that you CAN choose what you do and when you do it. But you do have to do it!
The end result of all this is that I need to build structure and organization into my working life – it will reduce stress, ensure that I am earning money and it will help me as I move to improve my health and wellbeing.
So I have a plan! This is the start of my structured working life!
- I will work a basic minimum 30 hour week – this may be made up of daytime and evening working given the nature of my businesses
- I will eat at regular times EVERY day!
- I will keep a record of my working hours
- Mondays will be my planning and stay-at-home day
I am sure that this plan will need tweaking and adjusting but this is the first step. Here goes