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.