There’s something quite cathartic about writing these weekly blog posts. It’s almost like when I used to keep a journal every day, only less intense. Although writing about the day, everyday, was a good way of keeping perspective, it was also a sure fire way to end up punishing myself for what I thought I should have done and the decisions I thought I should have made. But I do find reflecting on the week helps me keep on top of things and get a good overview of where things are heading.
For anyone working on something new for the first time, the idea of writing in such a self-reflexive way is daunting (to say the least). But I’m trying to take on a more positive viewpoint, and take the opportunity to figure out what’s going well and what’s not – and where I’m maybe pushing myself too hard. I think nowadays especially, being so connected with everything and everyone means our brains are working overtime all the time, and even in our “downtime” we’re still working to stay one step ahead of the curve. I guess it’s kind of a catch 22 that I’m writing this on a blog that epitomises all of those things – but I think that’s even more reason for anyone who does work in a digital/social media-driven environment to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
So this week I also started working my day job from home full-time, which has it’s highs and lows and takes a fair bit of adjustment. I used to do 2 or 3 days from home each week, but that was different – it was kind of a luxury because I knew the following day I’d be up at 5:30 am and off into the office for 7 o’clock. Now, however, I can roll out of bed at 6:55, sign in online, and not have to make an effort to present myself a certain way. And yes, that part sounds blissful, but I am cautious of the fact my work/life balance could easily become distorted – especially since my flat is, in effect, my office. For that reason, I’ve been trying to wake up before I start work so I give myself at least 30 minutes of “me time” before I start work.
Anyone who does work from home will know that keeping focussed is one of the biggest challenges, and ignoring distractions can be near impossible some days. However I do find setting parameters and forcing myself to stick to a routine as though I’m in an office helpful. Well, loosely anyway. I’m sure that’ll get easier soon enough, but if you do work from home and have any tips, apps or methods you use, let me know in the comments below (before laziness creeps up on me). Any hints to keep me from raiding the fridge every 20 minutes would also be appreciated.
I’ve also found that once I finish working at 3 pm, all I want to do is lull around and relax. Especially since I work full time as a journalist and spend all day writing, I kind of don’t want all of my free time to be spent working on new content and writing blog posts. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing this and don’t really see it as “work” – but I also don’t want to be writing for 12+ hours each day and end up burning out. So this week I started to say “no” to a couple of events after work, and tried to allocate time efficiently; to work, to my website, and to myself. And, so far, it seems to be working.
Fortunately, I’m off work this week, which means as well as taking some time to rest, I’m also going to be able to work on some of the content I’ve got planned at a more leisurely pace and hopefully get a little bit ahead of myself so, when I’m back at work, I’m not as rushed. To be honest, I’m just excited to be able to lay in bed until whatever time I want! I’m usually the worst person for sitting back and having things done for me – I like control too much – but lately I’ve been feeling so lazy. And, honestly, I love it!
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