Right now, I’m finding myself in a perpetual state of adjustment. I finally feel like my new job is something I can handle when I’m at work. But the rest of life is still managing to be a challenge.
Surprisingly, I find that I enjoy working much more than I realized I would. It’s crazy for me to say that because before starting, I thought it would be so hard to get used to working 9 hour days. That’s really not the hard part, though.
Where’s the Time?
The hard part is adjusting to having way less time to do everything. I no longer have the luxury of taking 2 hours to meal plan anymore. I meal planned last night and found myself very frustrated because I wanted to do it quickly, but also ensure that I was planning for enough food for both quick breakfasts and work accommodating lunches. I wanted 2 hours, but I only got about 45 minutes before realizing that I just needed to quit & let it go.
It’s just weird to all the sudden go from lots of time to very limited time. I’m starting to really treat how I use my time differently now. My priorities tend to focus on reading, keeping up with the house & chores, and then blogging.
Workout? What’s that?
Working out (or lack there of) has been the biggest adjustment so far. I have already started to feel the effects of sitting at a desk most of the day. And I’m not in a routine enough to get up at 5-5:30 every morning to work out. I’ve really been beating myself up over this lately because working out is my joy. Specifically, running is my joy. And I kind of feel like that just got ripped away from me all the sudden.
What’s basically happening is I’m not getting to bed early enough to wake up early enough to give myself time to workout in the morning. I have always been a night person. I am energized at night, and even more so now that night time is “my time.” It’s extremely hard for me to shut off at about 9 o’clock when I really need to be sleeping. I can’t sleep at that time yet at all! Ideally, I would go to bed at 10:30, but that leaves me in a zombie-like state by 5:30 in the morning. You don’t even want to see me when 4 pm rolls around either.
Some things that are helping me stay organized during this transition is…
- packing my lunch the night before, always
- planning my outfit the night before, which makes my morning so much easier
- sometimes planning breakfast the night before, depending on what it is
- using reading to chill me out before & wind down
I’m also finding blogging a little challenging right now. Yesterday’s post was actually written completely from my smart phone, half while I was eating breakfast, half while I was at work. Thank goodness I can do that, but I certainly don’t want to do that every day.
I’m actually feeling dry on blog topics that come with little effort. Most the topics I want to feature on the blog (recipes, workouts, etc.) are kind of time intensive with photos & editing. It’s frustrating for me to sit down and hope to accomplish a lot of blogging only to get just one post done and realize I need 3 more to fill the week how I want to.
I’m also super frustrated with my lack of blog reading. I finally downloaded the Blog Lovin app, but it’s still very difficult to comment on blogs on my phone, always having to enter my info for comment fields. I also feel like I am barely keeping up with my own blog that reading other blogs is just being put last on my list. I hate this so much because my most popular blog tips are to read more blogs!
Ideally, I would like to spend about 20 minutes reading blogs in the morning before work, but that would entail getting up even earlier which is clearly not happening right now. We’ll see. One step at a time, right?
All I can say is… thank God for coffee & Pic Monkey, two things that consistently make my life easier these days.
Questions for You:
- What advice do you have for managing blog reading well?
- I’m thinking of starting a new topic for all the new outfit combinations I’m coming up with for work. Would you be interested in an “outfit of the week post” either here or on Facebook?