Life is just one big rush at the moment. With having a wife who works long hours, two girls under five, two dogs, trying to grow a successful blog, running a business and trying to fit everything else in between. It’s been all work and no play for a quite a while now, and unfortunately, Olivia and Robyn have been getting the rubbish end of the stick. All I can say is, thank god for Hey Duggee, Peppa Pig and YouTube. We need a new routine, and fast!
As a family we have a million things going on, too many to count sometimes and with so many plates spinning all at once it’s easy to get overwhelmed. My energy gets sapped and I have to work extra hard to produce my best work. I’m sure many of you can relate to what I’m saying?
The problem isn’t necessarily the amount of work we have to get done but more what we accomplish while we’re working. Most people (including myself) spend a lot of time doing non-work related activities instead of being productive. These might include browsing social media (which I know is a must for any blogger), checking emails, taking long lunch breaks, and chatting with co-workers. When these activities turn into habits, it becomes harder to get all of your work done in order to focus on other aspects of your life. I believe this is were my problems are coming from. It hasn’t got anything to do with how much I have to do but how well I manage my time in order to achieve the things I need to achieve.
| I also realise that the “too much to do” problem can sometimes be my own fault!
So, this is were my new routine come into play. If you’ve been in and around Instagram over the past couple of weeks and you’re a follower of David of David and Donetta you’ll know that he’s been getting up at four thirty in the morning in order to increase his own productivity. Now, when I first saw this I thought he was mad (which there’s a chance he might be) but then I started to think about it. Maybe getting up a little bit earlier isn’t such a bad idea after all. Who doesn’t want to increase their own productivity and in doing so better their own attitude towards the day ahead and start it with a positive mindset?
A lot of my problems come from getting up to late and being in a rush before I’ve even started the day. This negative attitude then carries on throughout the day causing every day tasks that should only take a matter of minutes take twice as long because I’m not as focused as I should be. Giving myself extra hours in the morning to get some tasks ticked off my list and get myself into a more positive mindset is an attractive concept.
The plan is to get up a little earlier than everyone else, get dressed and take the dogs for a walk. I’ve always find that going out for a walk on my own is a good way to clear my thoughts and to put things into perceptive. Once I’m back in the house, hopefully everyone will still be sleeping (not guaranteed with two little ones). I am sure many of the parents reading this will understand where I’m coming from. The theory is, if I can get a few jobs ticked off my list early doors, my mind will be in a much better place to keep the momentum going through the rest of the day. Plus, the extra hours I’ll gain are a much needed bonus.
I never really understand the saying ‘A change is as good as a rest’ until this week. and I definitely needed to do something different. The combination of a slump in my mental health, leaving my part time job to be at home full time and the same old mundane routine has impacted me fairly dramatically.
Choosing to change my daily routine in order to get myself in a more positive frame of mind and managing my time more effectively is the starting point of overcoming my increasing workload and returning to a happier state of mind.
What do you think? How do you stay positive and keep motivated? Let me know in the comments below.
Categories: Life and Parenting