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Can't sleep, so I might as well blog....

Friday, September 18, 2015

Yes, I know that I should not be on the laptop if I am really trying to get back to sleep, but perhaps if I can get some of my thoughts down in writing then I can let them go and settle down. I was looking at some of the countdown activities for the upcoming Fall 5% Challenge, and it got me thinking about what has/has not worked for me in the past. What have my excuses been when things have gone wrong, and how will I address that this time around?

I am at the beginning of my work year, and so perhaps I am more aware as I transition into the year that it is really easy for my life to get out of balance with this job. I work in ministry so it is easy to rationalize that the extra time and energy that goes into it is okay because life is really all about my faith anyway, right? But it is easy to see that this does not really end up working out for my wellness, or my family's happiness. We are already getting into the routine of exhaustion from our schedules, leading to less healthy eating, and a lack of any quality time together. That starts to get us all cranky, and then the bickering and arguments start to happen.

It is going to be really important to learn to draw some firm boundaries around my work schedule in order to keep us all healthier and happier. I was looking at the Win Today planning sheets, and I think those might be a really good thing for me. I do well with checklists, but I don't always get around to making them. So I am going to work on making a list of healthy habits that I want to really incorporate into daily life, then print out the checklist sheets for the challenge. I may even try to do a separate list for work to see if that can help me manage my time better there too.

It is time to stop letting my work take over my life! I have always specialized in jobs that can consume my life, but I wonder if I am really just using that as an excuse to not deal with other issues in my life. Well, now is the time to take my life back. There are goals that I want to reach (health and otherwise) and I am never going to come close if all I ever do is work! I really hope to use this eight weeks as a chance to focus on organizing my priorities and time so that a happier and healthier me will be the end result.
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  • CGPS1795
    You have some really great ideas here. Pareticlarly regarding putting up boundaries so work doesn't derail your other goals.

    I noticed that I had a real problem saying, No or I can't do that right now. I suffered from the complex that I had to solve everybody's problems. Hang in there!
    2024 days ago
    Great blog! I am a fitful sleeper and often think I should get up and blog, but don't actually do it. LOL I've written a thousand blogs in my mind as I lie there trying to get to sleep.

    I used the WIN checklist for the first time during the summer challenge and what a difference it made for me. I wish you success with it and a successful challenge!
    2055 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    I hope you found sleep after this blog. It is so easy to get caught up in work that moves us. But as you stated letting it take over ends up draining us and our families. Good luck with finding your balance. Using the Win planning sheets. May you find success and balance this round!
    2057 days ago
    Creating boundaries is so hard, but it's so important. Maybe it's because I'm also a list maker, but I like your plan.
    2057 days ago
    I do your title, too... well maybe I don't blog... but if I am not falling asleep in a reasonable amount of time.. then I get up and do something... then go back to bed and try again later.

    Just a Thought: Be sure to make the time to do those things that, at the end of your life you will wish you had spent more time doing/being.

    2057 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Great thought process!! Hope your checklists lead to follow through, a happier and healthier mom makes everything smoother!
    2057 days ago
    Dawn, starting a new challenge is always daunting, isn't it! I hope that putting your thoughts in a blog helped you get some clarity. I always remember a former pastor of mine saying "not every good thing is a God thing" and that helps me to make decisions about what challenges to take on and when to say no - but I also tend to get over-busy. Have a great weekend as we get ready for take-off on the 5%!
    2057 days ago
    We sometimes have a tendency to let work over take our lives, good for you trying to balance everything, not easily done! Good luck on your challenge!
    I'm another one up at 3;33 this morning, but feeling a little sleepy now lol!
    2057 days ago
    From time to time you need to take care of yourself or you will not be able to help others.
    2057 days ago
  • LALACHAN1972
    I hope that you were able to fall asleep after writing. I found myself nodding yes as I read. Good luck and I will pray for you.
    2057 days ago
    Well said
    2057 days ago
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