I feel like I’m running round like a headless chicken right now. Even so, I’m still trying to take a step back and look at what causes disruption and what I can do differently to make things work better.
Not being in the house means I don’t do the maintenance tasks which could keep things under control. I’ve had to do quite a bit of running about with Bee this week as she is performing in the school musical, so it’s been up and down Frugal Hill quite a few times in the evenings.
I have, however, been working on getting home from work earlier. I’ve found that being home by 5.30 makes a huge difference. I’ve also worked on keeping the mid-week meals simpler, so we’ve been able to have tea between 6 and 6.30, rather than almost 7pm as was happening before. This leaves me with more of the evening to do things in.
I believe more and more that work has to be kept in its place. When I’m at work, I work, and when I’m not there I don’t think about it at all. I don’t check emails out of work and I don’t take work home ever. I work with people who do long hours, but I don’t see them achieving any more than I do. They just get tired and stressed and become inefficient. I had an interesting chat with somebody I’ve known for years who works in another organisation the other day. She had been quite stressed and overloaded with work and then had suddenly realised that there are only so many hours in a day and you can only do so much. She was now doing what she could do in the time available and had stopped worrying about the rest. As a result she was far less stressed.
How do you keep work in its place?
Until next time, Tawney x