Have you ever felt overwhelmed with everything you have to do? This time of year it is really easy to get caught up with everything you need to squeeze into your day. Sometimes you need to put everything down and realign your priorities.
I’ve been feeling bogged down recently. Over the past few months I have been enjoying writing my blog so much that my business took a back seat. When I was throwing myself into my work, my blog started to suffer. Add a family and everyday chores etc and I was doing everything, but not doing it well. I decided to write down my priorities so that I had them written in front of me.
|Family/Friends||Physical contact/Phone calls/Show them you think of them|
|Photography||Plan/Continue my projects/Photograph for Fun again|
Even seeing your priorities written down, it can still be difficult to place them in order but it is often clear to see where things have been going wrong. If one aspect is holding too much weight it will tip the balance and everything falls to the ground. Imagine each of your priorities is a plate on a stick. You are managing to keep all of the plates spinning quite well. Then you put something (let’s say a potato) onto one of the plates. And then another, and then another. What do you see happening? Will you drop the plate of potatoes? or will you focus so much on that one plate that the others wobble and fall?
I’m not going to tell you a list of things you need to do to get the best work/life balance. Sorry. I wish there were a magic formula. The fact is that only you know how much weight each your priorities holds to you and your family. Only you know which plates you can set down for a while.
Writing this list has really shed light on a few things for me. My blog has been taking up a huge amount of my time and focus, but other areas have definitely struggled too. A new routine is in order I think. I am also going to keep a list of my priorities visible, so that I can check back regularly to make sure I’m as balanced as I can be though.
I am hoping to get ahead with the blog and to schedule as much as possible, but that’s proving harder than I thought at the moment with the added Christmas activities and wanting to spend as much time with my children and husband as I can. I’m sure I’ll get there. I’m a mum after all, and that’s what we do right? So my house isn’t spotless, and my laundry/ironing piles are too high, but my children are fed and happy and that’s what matters most right now.
I’m looking for some guest blog writers at the moment, especially to help while I’m trying to find my feet properly. If you think you have a post that would fit in well here at The Mummy Balancing Act, then please get in touch.