If you are thinking “What on earth is a Life Balance Project?” Please read this post before continuing.
Its been a crazy week, both work wise and personally. I got very frustrated at the beginning of the week when nothing seemed to be going right! I had to take a step back and regroup, luckily the week got much better from then on. More about that later. I guess when I’m setting goals based around different areas of my life its inevitable that some will go better than others. It gets frustrating when things outside of my control mess up my plans.
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
What went wrong this week
Lets start with everything that went wrong, it does get better! For the last two weeks my goal of attending a yoga class hasn’t worked out. The first week classes were still closed in the aftermath of Christmas and New Year. Week 2 I had to cancel after pulling a muscle in the top of my leg. This week I decided to wait to book until the night before the class to make sure my leg was better. It was still a bit tender when I twisted a certain way but I was confident I would be able to do the class. I logged on to book and found out I was too late, the class was full. There were 2 more classes later in the week but I couldn’t attend because of my work shifts so for the third week in a row I’ve failed that goal. So annoying! The good news is I’ve booked myself on a class for next week so unless I get another ridiculous injury or there’s a random blizzard I should be able to attend!
Unfortunately there’s more
Moving on to the second thing that went totally wrong this week… I signed up to a belly dancing class through one of my meetup groups. It was at 6.15pm in the middle of Sheffield city centre. I knew traffic would be interesting at that time of day but hoped that it would be ok because I was driving into the city and everyone else would be driving out after work. I allowed myself 45 minutes to get there, its only supposed to take 25. The short version of the story is I got hopelessly lost in the middle of the city in horrific traffic. By the time I got to the right street it was 6.30pm and my nerves were shot. I couldn’t face walking into a class of strangers 15 minutes late and disrupting the lesson so I turned around and got stuck in traffic all the way home too. The whole crappy experience took nearly 2 hours!
All of the above happened on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Luckily it got better from then on in.
What went right this week
I have already smashed my goal of attending 2 meetups this month. Then I decided to double it to 4 meetups and on Wednesday I achieved that too! I went to a new dessert bar with a lovely group of ladies and had a bowl of cookie dough, yum! At the moment I have 2 more meetups planned this month so that’s 6, I may sign up for even more!
I’ve continued to work on my evening routine. A post about that is coming soon. The issue I had was that my work schedule is different every week, some nights I’m at home and others I’m sleeping at work. I needed to create a routine that would work no matter where I am. I think I’m close to getting it right!
My money goal was to look at changing bank accounts. I’ve looked into it over the last couple of weeks and for now I’m going to stay where I am. I couldn’t find another account worth switching to and I’m happy with my current bank.
I’m still using time blocking in different ways to find out which works best for me. A post about that is coming at the end of the month. At the moment I’m finding shorter time blocking sessions more productive than blocking out my whole day.
I’m hoping next week will be smoother than this week! Time will tell…