Do you make new year’s resolutions? I’ve always been terrible at them. By 1st January, I always have a bit of a food hangover from Christmas. It’s usually so long since I’ve exercised that I’ve lost my trainers, so resolutions almost always revolve around losing weight. In September though, making a resolution to last me until the end of the year seems a lot more reasonable. So this September, I’ve decided to make a resolution to prioritise better.
The to-do list
Like most freelancers, work is always at the top of my to-do list. Of course, it sits alongside the unwritten things I need to do like running the children around. Anything else tends to get pushed to the bottom of the list. This year though, the summer holidays have taught me something. It has been a struggle fitting in work in the evenings when we’ve been out during the day. A struggle, but not impossible.
So when the girls go back to school, I intend to try something different. My days are going to be arranged slightly differently. Mornings are for exercise and things that need doing around the house. Decluttering, sorting out more storage, painting walls and getting the girls’ bedroom as they want it. I’m going to shop online for the things I need to buy new, like Mattresses from Bed Guru. Certain things are fine to buy second hand though and I want to do my bit for the environment where possible.
The next step with work
I’ve been thinking for a while that I need to take on something extra for work. Whilst I enjoy blogging and freelance writing, it is no longer a challenge. I don’t feel like I’ve properly used my brain since about 2002. So when the girls go back to school, it’s time for me to learn something new as well. I’ll still be here on my blog and social media, but I’m going to continue working on this during the evenings.
In the afternoons once exercise and house renovation are done, I intend to get into a different line of work. It won’t involve education as such, but a lot of research and learning. I’ve always found that I work better under pressure and it becomes easier to prioritise when there’s a lot going on. If it doesn’t work out, there’s always time for another resolution in January.