Organisation is Everything
For well over a year now, thinking back, possibly for even two years I have felt as though I have been falling into a downward spiral of exhaustion, lowness and general grumpiness. I used to smile a lot, have a huge amount of patience, tonnes of energy and was always ambitious.
What happened…? How the hell did I get myself into such a black miserable hole?
Now don’t get me wrong, life itself has been nothing but fantastic, we’ve been living in Portugal for very nearly a year now and we couldn’t ask for anything more. On the face of things we’ve been living the dream, but behind the Instagram posts and twitter updates there’s been an entirely different story.
I’ve been lethargic beyond belief, to the point where I physically haven’t been able to face something as simple as walking up the stairs, the idea of taking the kids out for an afternoon was always great but in reality it felt too much to cope with.
I’ve had various blood tests to see if there’s something lurking that could explain how I’ve been feeling and the only thing to come out of it is that I have a low white blood count, and then another test showed it was lower again. The rest of my results are all fine and there is absolutely no reason or cause for concern and although my white blood count is low I have nothing to worry about and there is no connection to that and my lethargy.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel, in the last 3 weeks or so I have been able to move into my new office in the garden and have gotten organisation crazy… not just a little bit organised but top notch on top of things awesome organised!
I now have whiteboards on my wall detailing clients, current work and deadlines on that I can literally just glance at to remind myself of where I am.
At long last I have gone back to a paper diary instead of an online on, as much as I am about saving the planet and keeping as paper free as possible there’s certainly something to be said for being able to physically turn the pages of a book and see your own handwriting scrawled across the pages.
I’ve brought back my checklists and to do lists and wow is it satisfying to tick off something on a list, to the point that I even add the odd item like ‘laundry’ or ‘make beds’ just so I can get another tick on my list!
There are a whole host of other things I’ve probably re-implemented as well which have escaped me but last but not least I have re-jigged my working hours.
Being freelance is of the most part pretty great but actually fitting work into everyday life has been tough. For months I have had to put all my free time into being in the office and have spent virtually no quality time with my family. When I have managed to get an evening with them I have usually been too tired to be of any use or am sitting anxiously going through deadlines in my head.
So I finally got it into my noggin that enough was enough, I want work to fit around me. I’m freelance so I should be able to make it work.
Previously I was working morning, afternoon and evenings, now my morning routine goes a little something like this;
I get in the office at 5am (yes usually in my jammies… perks of working from home!) and finish my first stint at 7am – then I hop on the cross trainer or bike and get my cardio done. After which I head back to the house and get myself and the kids washed up, fed and ready for school. At 9:30 I’m back in the office and will work for a few more hours or not, depending of what work I have available.
This is still a pretty new routine as the kids have only just gone back to school this week and I can usually been found zonked out on the sofa by 4:30pm! After a couple more weeks I’m sure things will be running as smoothly as ever. But one things for sure, if I hadn’t got my organisation mojo back I can safely say that even thinking about being sat here writing a much needed blog post would never have happened!
Training wise I have been on and off at the gym, managed cardio here and there and kept to my diet less often than I should have. But my mission over the last few months has not been to focus on weight loss but to get myself back to health and I finally feel as though that mission has been accomplished! So I’ll be checking in with the boss this weekend and then operation ‘Fit Mom Ding’ will commence once again and I’ll be looking at shifting some of this chunk that I’ve been steadily pilling on!
Although there is something to be said for how my ‘get healthy’ diet has been going, on Monday Craig and I had the most amazing session at the gym and we both lifted pretty heavy, I’m not entirely sure if I hit PB’s or not, if not then it couldn’t have been far off! My legpress hit 200kg and I smashed out squats at 100kg for 8+ reps on both!