I was starting to feel the pressure my friend. I dont think any of us expected to still be in this space currently. Like many of you, I naturally assumed that things would get back to “normal” or at least something that resembled the “old” normal.
I have a couple things coming up that was beginning to make me anxious. #DramaTeen is entering the 8th grade the same day that I begin Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. All while my hubs is working full-time remote.
When the kids were released from school in March, we had a little routine down. But honestly once summer hit, we loosened up on the schedules. Truthfully, every summer I loosen the reigns so to speak, because its summer. A time that should be enjoyed.
Towards the end of every summer the closer we get to the start of school, we begin to make adjustments to fit back into schedule. This year really isnt much different outside of the obvious. Doing everything from home.
Knowing that having somewhat of a schedule is important especially because everyone will be at home. And selfishly I want to make sure I am doing well in my upcoming training (Im extremely interested in the topic AND it wasnt free). So I am taking the steps NOW to make sure I am giving myself exactly what I need to be successful in my training while making sure Im not taking away from my family. Gosh the forever balancing act, am I right? Here is what I plan on doing to keep everything in check!
You guys know that I am a BOUNDARIES QUEEN. I love boundaries + creating them. Boundaries are the road-map + how to guide for effective communication with the person setting the boundaries.
Setting boundaries can be hard, especially with people that you love because of “guilt”. We easily feel that we shouldn’t have boundaries with our kids, parents or even significant others. But the gag is. If we never set boundaries with the people we love we are doing them + ourselves a dis-service. Without boundaries they wont know the things that may hurt you, or if they have crossed a line.
My plan is to create boundaries surrounding when I need to be “mentally” checked in during my training. I will set times that I need to focus and work on my training, homework/observations + stick to them. I will communicate clearly what I need to do as well as how I can be supported by my loved ones. Because closed mouths dont get fed, and nobody is a mind reader lol.
Have a plan:
Im a plan girl. I need to know the who, what, when and why. Having a plan helps ease anxiety for me. Currently I share my home office with my hubs while he is working remotely. So having a plan of who is in the office and when is super important. Having a solid plan adds a little bit of structure while setting expectations. Planning doesn’t just stop there. Meal Prep! Since my training is all day 3 days a week for the next 3 months, we will meal prep those 3 days and my family will handle their own meals for 2 days. The weekends will remain how they are currently.
I have no intentions of locking myself up in my home hoffice for 7 hours a day 3 days a week. Changing scenery is extremely important to combat against burnout + low productivity. There will be times during my schedule that I will be in my home office at other times in the day I may be on the patio or even at the dining room table. Having a change of scenery at the different points of the day helps break up the day. My pets will be getting lots of extra walks in the upcoming weeks!
Now will there be bumps along the way as we get back into the swing of things? Absolutely! I dont for one second think that things will be perfect, BUT I am taking the steps now to make the transition into “new normal” as best as I can. And the same with anything else, if something isnt working Ill make tweaks till it does.
What work from home tips do you have for me?