This week I’m mastering the working mother juggling act with a capital F… for FLEXIBILITY. Which makes a nice change from the other F word and how things normally go down. You could say, It’s been an interesting couple of weeks with me running around like a chaotic clown, as I race to finish deadlines and tick off as much as I can for the next month and master that whole juggling act when it comes to work, life and crazy chaos.
I must confess the blog and the social media side of things in general has not been a huge priority during this time and I’m ok with only just making it to the blogging party right now. Strange really given the incredible offers that have been landing in my inbox.
Thankfully, I’ve been able to put a lot of offers on hold for the new year and I’ve cut back to blogging two to three times per week, although last week I only made it to the party once and completely missed Worth Casing Wednesday. While I recently employed the services of an intern and a part-time assistant, these positions will be kicking off in the new year when I have more time to manage.
My business studies were also rather low on the priorities list as well but the beauty of my online course with Business Mamas is how flexible it is. I’m really able to work at my own pace. A pace that thankfully saw me powering ahead last month which means this month I can cut back, if I need to. And it looks like I’m going to need to.
“All eyes on me in the centre of a ring… just like a circus”
I must confess, this is very much my theme song at the moment. My life feels very much like a circus with my eldest daughter having orthognathic surgery first thing Monday. I’ve been jamming a month of work into two weeks as I’ve wanted to completely clear my schedule with my daughter requiring six to eight weeks to recover, with a mainly liquid diet during this time. There will be one or two days in intensive care followed by up to a week in hospital and then a week of 24/7 monitored care (by me) at home.
So why am I once again finding life and work chaotic? Well the thing is, yes life is looking rather chaotic and stressful right now but it’s by choice. I’m possibly the most organised and on top of the important things than I’ve ever been. My course with Business Mamas and in particular the module that looked at my day to day schedule with a microscope has changed my approach for the better. It even inspired my new mantra (here).
My crazy jam packed fortnight that also included a quick blogging trip to Melbourne, a breast cancer event and lots of extra attention on the home front trying to get everyone over their colds and not pass it on to my eldest daughter, will mean that I can now focus entirely on my daughter’s recovery if I need to. Just the way I like it.
If you haven’t already guessed, I’m one of those annoying people that prefer to plan (when I can) for the worst case scenario. That way if things do end up going pear shaped, I’m prepared. It will mean less of a drama on the home and work front as a result. If things end up going to plan or better, I like to think of this as my bonus time. Time where I will get back to blogging, social media and my 2016 schedule together with my studies or I can just sit back, rub my hands together and relax.
Relaxing and me… no longer a foreign concept.
It’s probably finishing the 12 month business diploma (currently almost six months in) that excites me the most. Because the further I’m in, the closer I am to streamlining my Virtual Assistant business and relaunching with a blog agency twist to it. 2016 and beyond is all about working smarter not harder. Living life rather than continuing to struggle with the juggle which left me feeling like I was treading water in a clown suit for a lot of 2015.
It will also mean a lot more free time for the fun, getting up to no blogging good side of life here on AMC and hopefully dragging a few of my blogging friends along for the crazy ride but I don’t want to end up being all talk and no action, so until everything is set in place….
A little less talk and a little more action…… but only once my daughter is in more than recovery mode.
From Chaotic Clown to Ringmaster in 6 easy steps
- Accept your limitations.
- Ask for help.
- Lower your expectations.
- Reassess your priorities.
- Say “NO” more often.
- Add lots of white or blank space to your schedule.
Can we really have it all when it comes to that work and life balance?
Do you have a plan of attack for when things go pear shaped?
Any tips for my daughter and her liquid diet for the next six-ish weeks?
What would be on the menu for your last meal in possibly six weeks?
I’m hoping the blog side of things and evening emails will provide a much needed distraction, so please don’t assume I’m not available or blogging during the next two weeks. I’ve been told there is free WIFI at the hospital. Unlike last time when it was public and an emergency procedure and I ended up spending $180ish on excess data during that week.
This may just provide me with the perfect platform for catching up with blog reading (I will start with everyone that links up for Worth Casing Wednesday… so get linking this Wednesday!) and finally getting around to announcing our latest Blog Exchange Christmas collaboration and giveaway news.