If you are thinking “What on earth is a Life Balance Project?” Please read this post before continuing.
Christmas and New Year are now long behind us. Everyone is back at work and school and the decorations have been taken down. A lot of people talk about January blues but personally it’s never really bothered me. Apart from that first day back at work but everyone feels that right? Now that life is “back to normal” I’ve been picking up speed with my goals for January.
Here is a quick reminder of my goals for January and the reasons behind them:
Well being: Attend yoga once a week
Before Christmas I started a yoga class but only managed 2 sessions before it finished for the holidays. I’m going to restart and go at least once a week. The issue with working shifts is that I can’t consistently attend exercise classes, groups etc. Luckily this class is at a yoga studio and there are many different classes so I should be able to attend once a week. It just won’t necessarily be the same class or instructor.
Relationships: Attend 2 meetups
I’m using meetup.com to meet new people and find clubs/activities that I enjoy. I have joined a lot of groups but the next step is actually getting out there and meeting up! I’m aiming to attend 2 meetups, bonus points if they are from different groups! After all, the more different meetups I go to the more people I will meet.
Personal Growth: Establish routines
I’m especially interested in making a night time routine that helps me get a good night sleep and be organised for the next day. I also hear a lot of good things about morning routines and waking up a couple of hours early to have time to focus on yourself. The problem with that is again I work shifts and my day shift start time is 6.30am, there is absolutely no way I’m getting up at 3am! Maybe I could make a morning routine for the days when I’m off or start later. I think the reason I want to make routines is I’m craving a bit of stability. I love my job but its the first time I’ve worked various day/night/weekend shifts and it messes with my head a bit. Often I forget what day it is and I would love a bit more order to my days.
Money: Sort out finances
This goal might sound a bit broad but basically I’m going to go through all my bank statements, cancel any subscriptions I don’t use and see if there’s a better current account I can switch to. I’m preparing myself and my bank account for the upcoming months goals.
Organisation: Try time blocking
I’ve read a lot of articles on Pinterest lately about time blocking and I really want to try it for myself. Maybe it can provide some of the order and routine that I’ve been craving?
This weeks progress
Unfortunately with my well being goal, its more like lack of progress. I pulled a muscle at the top of my leg during the weekend and had to cancel my yoga session. I wish I had a good story to go with it like “I was running a marathon” or “I saved someone from being hit by a car” but no. The reality is I was pushing a roundabout at a playground and something in my leg went twang. I could walk fine but when I tried to run, kneel down or twist in a certain way there was a sharp pain. Basically I’ve failed my goal of attending yoga once a week. There’s nothing I can do about it except roll my eyes and move on. I’m still going to try to attend once a week from now on, random, ridiculous injuries permitting!
I’m doing much better with my goal of attending 2 meetups. In fact I’ve done it! This week I went to a coffee shop with a small group, one person I had met before and 2 new people. It was their first meetup and we shared stories of how nerve wracking it can be that first time. It was this conversation that inspired me to write my last post, making friends as an adult. I also had my first taste of a cronut (half croissant, half donut) and it was delicious! Mine is the one furthest on the right in the photo below. I have another 3 meetups planned this month. The first one is a belly dancing class! I’ve been talked into it and I’ve been assured that our bellies will stay covered! Its a bit out of my comfort zone but I’m going for it! I’m feeling more relaxed about the other two meetups, one is a spa afternoon and the other is going to a dessert bar. Its a hard life 😉
I’m still working on my evening routine but the next couple of weeks I’m doing a lot of overnights at work. This is complicating things but I’m going to make a routine for the nights when I’m home in my own bed and stick to that as best I can.
For my money goal I went through my bank account and canceled a couple of monthly subscriptions that I wasn’t making the most of. I’ve also been looking into changing bank account but up to now I haven’t found a deal worth swapping for. I’ll keep looking but if nothing jumps out at me I’ll stay where I am. For now at least!
I’ve had a few comments from people interested in my attempts at time blocking. I plan to write a post at the end of the month sharing what worked for me, what didn’t and whether I’m going to continue with it. On Monday I time blocked out my whole day and it was kind of a success. I say kind of because I kept swapping over which tasks I would be doing when. I also didn’t stick to the timings very well. Saying that, I did get a lot done that day! So it did work but I used time blocking as a rough guide rather than set in stone.
On Thursday I time blocked just my afternoon and on Friday I did between 11am and 3pm. I found it a lot easier to stick to these smaller sessions rather than blocking out my whole day. I’m going to keep tweaking this over the next couple of weeks and see if I can find the right balance for me.
So I’m expecting next week to include yoga (fingers crossed) more cake, yay 😉 and belly dancing *gulp*
Wish me luck!