Saturday, September 24, 2011
My husband has moments of brilliance
Once in a while, on very rare occasions, my husband has moments of brilliance - not that I would tell him that. His flash of apparent brilliance last night has yet to be proven so I'm still only mildly convinced.
I've been harping on this week in my posts about the imbalance in my life, so for starters his ESP is working well because he doesn't read my blog which makes his flash of brilliance even more amazing. Mind you, my less than happy attitude (translated - grumpy attitude) might also be some indication that a solution might be needed.
At the moment I leave home in the mornings at 6.45am (this is torturous for a non-morning person) I drop my son at work and then I start the trek to my own workplace. I arrive at work at about 7.35, give or take a few minutes and the drive is not too painful. The thing is, I don't need to start until 8.30am but if I leave home any later, then I spend double the time stuck in traffic and the drive to work is beyond hellish.
As is the case, if I arrive at work at this hour then invariably the work starts once I walk through the door - I'm the fixer of all at this hour (because no-one else is there yet) I then don't finish till 5pm and that's if I'm lucky, and the drive home is frequently an hour or more and some nights is similar to a kamikaze run. I get home most nights after 6 and then have dinner and all the other tasks ahead of me.
My blog and my writing is my relaxation but by the time I finally get to sit down at night and write I'm beyond exhausted. So here's hubby's flash of brilliance - why don't I drop son at work and then drive to the train station (10 minutes away) and catch the train to work. Yes this means an hour on the train morning and night, but he reasons if I take my laptop then I can write during that time instead of fighting with the traffic nazis.
I have to try this out because I'm not sure of the logistics of writing on a train with the peak hour rush around me, but at the very least I could probably read or listen to music and not get to work quite so early. It would also utilise the travelling time more effectively and assist with the lack of 'me' time. I'm going to give it a go on Monday morning and will let you know if it's successful or not.
Further to achieving greater work / life balance, I've been compiling a list of 101 challenges to accomplish in 1001 days - thank you Tilly at The Laughing Housewife and Sarah at Sarsm for initiating the challenge. My list is now up on a tab on my blog (taking the place of my goal-setting page) and I'll provide updates as I go along.
The project that I'm a part of for work is meant to take 3.5 years - all being well, that's 1278 days to completion. So if I complete 101 tasks in 1001 days, I should be finished towards the end of 2014, and what a well rounded person I should be in time for the wrap up of the project. Okay life still needs to happen in around all of that, so lets see how we go.
So there's my steps for greater work / life balance and a happier me - what about you, are you all good or are you in need of some balancing mechanisms also?
Posted by Fiona Biedermann