Monday, August 03, 2009

See saw-ing again

I've had a lot of stuff going on in my head this week - mostly related to business plans, which are exciting, but time-consuming. And I've been reminded of the need to strike a balance between work and family, something that I continually struggle with. My work-family see-saw seems to tip one way or the other, rarely staying level for long.

Yesterday, I looked around at the housework that needed doing, and the pile of papers on my desk that I really should sort through, and some notes for blog posts that I haven't written yet. And I ignored it all, instead opting to take The Baby to the movies. We had a great afternoon together, and honestly? There was nothing amongst all the important jobs I "needed" to do that couldn't wait another day or two.

I've decided that I need to be better organised and in particular, stricter about separating work time from family time. So, as much as I dislike any kind of rules about what I can do and when, I'm going to make it this week's project to come up with a workable timetable for myself.

I want set work hours, and an actual day off from working. I also need to make it clear to friends and family that just because I'm at home, I'm not "doing nothing". I can't chat on the phone or go out for coffee any time they feel like it. If it's work time, it's work time and they have to respect that.

If I do this right, there should be enough time for socialising, housework and everything else. I hope.

Of course, I reserve the right to break my own rules if I feel the need....


Cherub said...

I need to do this too - if only I could find the time - lol!

I will do it this week too - might not be until the end of the week but I will do it.


Unknown said...

I reckon it's one of the hardest things to do- to separate work from home when you work from it. In my case everything seems to be far more important than work- all of a sudden the cobwebs MUST be cleaned and those windows....well....obviously imperative they get done NOW!!! lol Good luck!

Charlotte Orr said...

I have a lot of the same issues myself!

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