It’s a crisp, peaceful, wintry Sunday morning. The house is quiet. The coffee is strong. The dog is asleep at my feet. For the first weekend in a long time I have invited an opportunity for calm into my couple of days off, intentionally clearing the decks and trying to calm my monkey mind for a few precious hours.
The pace of life has changed for me over the past few months, and I am learning that there is a fine line between loving what you do and being slightly overwhelmed by what you do. Especially working in a creative capacity, so often when you love your work, it can gradually ebb into your daily life. Thoughts are consumed with “good ideas” or “I must write this down”! Distraction takes hold and you’re taking your work home with you in your head. This isn’t a bad thing, don’t get me wrong. I am working in a place I love, with people who give me energy; a team who are passionate, switched on and excellent at what they do. But I need to remember: Work life balance isn’t just about the hours you work; it’s about intentionally creating some space in your thoughts as well.
So I sat up in bed this morning, intent on writing a blog post, feeling guilty for not writing anything since September…where did those weeks go?! But, if I’m honest, if I was to sit and try to write something meaningful now it would likely be shit. I’m a bit tired. I’m a bit lazy. I don’t have much to say. Certainly nothing that I would inflict on anyone to read. I like you too much for that.
SO. I am going to step back and get a plan together. I have some posts mulling in the back of my mind, so while I am creating space in my thoughts, I will start revisiting those ideas and seeing what else bubbles up.
Work life balance isn’t just about the hours you work; it’s about intentionally creating some space in your thoughts as well.
So please don’t go anywhere. I’ll be right back. I would rather be posting about things that are meaningful or powerful to me, as opposed to filling a digital void out of some well-meaning, misplaced guilt.
So, I won’t be long. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks. I love writing, it is my catharsis. But if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right so I want to put a little more thought and planning into this blog. So watch this space…good things to come…