Recently, life has been hectic.
I say recently, but in reality, it’s been hectic since my Grandad got sick 14 months ago.
My life has been a mess of trying to get work done around caring for my grandad, being with family, helping my dad after his accident, hospital appointments, dealing with the passing of Connor’s dad + all the legal implications with that too. I can’t remember the last time I had even an afternoon where I didn’t have a giant to do list. Add that to trying to run my blog + freelance business, and I’m basically flat out all the time.
It’s all making me feel like my work life balance is a bit skew-wiff at the moment. I know that this is partly down to our circumstances right now (i.e., not having our flat and the whole world burning down around us), but it’s also partly down to me being no good at time management, or knowing when to shut off.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve just hung out with my friends, been on a date with Connor, been for a walk down the beach, baked a cake, cooked a Sunday roast, or spent an afternoon pottering aimlessly around the house. And I miss doing all those things so much, but any free time I have right now when I’m not dealing with lawyers, hospital appointments or family stuff, I’m trying to squeeze work into.
So I guess what I’m after today is your tips. When life is crazy, how do you still make time for yourself, and for fun things? I need a few things to look forward to in the diary, but how do you handle stepping away from work emails, news articles, and Instagram?