I start the end of a 4 month sabatical from my blog with a quote from Dickens ‘A tale of two Cites’ which depics life right now quite well.
The reason for my absence in writing is a huge blow of depression. That has stemmed from being utterly miserable in my new job. It had and still does have some promise. I have found a number of things difficult; the culture, some people and some of the tasks I am required to complete within my role. But I am more optimistic than I have been in a long time.
I have a plan.
There are a few things that have contributed to my new motivation, one of them is improving my organisation skills.
In my current role I manage diaries, I juggle a variety of projects, emails, phone calls. I preverbly have ‘several plates in the air’ constantly. It is the sheer amount of work that has led to sleepless nights, pangs of fear and crying moments. But all is not lost. I realised that if I am SUPER organised then the work will get done. The stress is being created by myself. So I’ve made a pact to dedicate time each day to filing, tidying and making a list for the next day. My prioritisation seems to work as I haven’t been pulled up on much. There is one person who tells me each day I have done something wrong…but they don’t tell me how to fix it. At first this upset me, then angered me. Then maybe I thought that even though their aim may be to make me look and feel (it works!) a bit stupid, if I figure out how to complete things myself I will learn more.
I have also extended being organised to my personal life. Being an adult working full time, having to clean a house, maintain a garden and feed myself, a partner, two cats and a dog is bloody hard work! Now throw socialising with people you care about into the mix and you’ve got a full time job on top of the one you have to pay the bills.
Thing is, if I ‘block out’ time to complete social events and chip away at the housework each day it’s really not so bad, and its great for the stress levels, they melt away.
Yesterday I blocked out some time* to take a friend for a scarf making workshop, at Stitch Studio in Ramsbottom. It was her birthday treat and we had lots of fun. Needless to say I am already planning more scarves to make…look out ladies for xmas!
http://www.makeitstitch.com/ Check it out, they sell fabrics online too.
The final thing I want to share is a blog I have been reading and actually what prompted this blog post. That is a guy I found through watching his TED talk on YouTube. His name is Scott Dinsmore and he spends his life helping people make a career from their passion. His posts have inspired me to self-educate, rethink situations, start to plan a career down a path that I forge and blog more! Check out his work here: http://liveyourlegend.net/
It’s Sunday morning and once I’ve plowed through my emails I think I’ll go for a run…some endorphins should help me to complete tasks for today. Until next time, bye for now.
*Oh god, how corporate.