I’m sharing the things I did that worked for me and helped me regain the balance between work and life. I hope it can be of some use to someone.
1. Hire cleaning service. Strictly speaking this is good advice though I’m a bit disappointed with those I’ve hired. Bobbette nearly annihilated my handmade rug, Bobeena quoted a price and then demanded another dropping her sweet demeanor into an evil ogre once I pointed this out. Bumbelina was decent but required me to follow her around and advise constantly. At the end of her job, I felt more exhausted than had I done it myself. But if you can find the right one, its worth the money.
2. In lieu of cleaning service: As I search for the perfect maid, and fill the role myself, I have made a 20 minute cleaning rule. Every work day, I check the clock and clean for 20 minutes. Its mind boggling how much can done with 20 dedicated minutes of cleaning. Today in 20 minutes I: wiped down my master bath counters, cupboards, cleaned all the toilets, hung up the clothes from my laundry and loaded the dishwasher. Doing it consistently, helps the house seem infinitely more manageable.
4. Draft the longer emails. The Emails that are longer. DRAFT! I write, click draft. Slowly as I come back to it, it eventually gets written.
5. Work out during your lunch break. I ate out a lot because I wanted a break in my work day. Now I bring in my lunch and work out midday. You need a break to relax, why not maximize and exercise?
7. Call while driving. Get a good cell phone plan and call those you’ve been meaning to during the gritty rush hour commute. Turn your lemon into lemonade!
8. For your blogs. Getting google reader has helped me keep track of all the blogs I read in one spot and go to the ones updated when they do.
9. Accept that some things won’t get done. Don’t beat yourself up. Prioritize. Let the bottom few GO
10. Find a way to de-stress. It doesnt matter what it is but you need to make this the top priority. You need something daily that brings you down when you are way to high. For me its exercise at least thirty minutes and on particularly stressful times listen to some Sara McLaughlin. I know some people sit in their office with the lights off for ten minutes and just breathe deeply and let the stillness overtake them.
How do you stay afloat on the surfboard of life?