Stepping Back: My tips to refresh and refocus this spring

Spring is finally here! The green trees, beautiful blooms, and endless sunshine instantly improve my mood!

I have welcomed the change in scenery and weather for several reasons: one being that I can save time in the mornings by not having to put on a coat, hat, scarf, and gloves.

I struggled with my work/life balance during the first couple of months of 2016. Somehow, I let the combination of holiday fog and the pressure of growing my business get to me. I was overwhelmed and I didn’t realize it until it started to affect my health negatively.

The good news is that once I recognized it, I was able to get myself healthy again. I decided to take some time to reevaluate things and restructure my work/life balance. I needed to step back.

My current daily schedule is very hectic. I am always moving. No, really, always moving.

There are times when I barely have time to eat even if I have taught a Zumba class or gone for a 4-mile run. I have had to get over the fact that I can’t clean my entire house every day and that dishes will be in the sink overnight. I have even accepted the fact that my son does not take a bath every night and he may eat applesauce and peanut butter crackers for dinner at his request. It’s fine. Really.

I had to put some rules in place for myself to remind me to take time refocus and refresh myself.

Here are my personal rules:

  • Make realistic weekly goals. Don’t overschedule and make time to relax. I am still trying to work on meditating every day.
  • Stick to my schedule. Work time is just for working. Family time is for my family. This is especially hard because my business is still growing and I make it a point to be available to potential clients all the time.
  • Work hard, Play hard. In the past year, I have sacrificed my time to socialize and spend time with my friends. I’d even love to spend more alone time with my husband. This is definitely a priority because it’s during these times that I am most refreshed and better prepared to work.

I am hoping that these new rules will help me be more intentional about how I spend my time and lead to a better work/life balance. I know the change won’t happen immediately, but this blog post is the first step.

 

How do you ensure that your work and family life are balanced?

 

 

 

 

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I am a 30 year-old Georgia Peach currently residing in Raleigh, North Carolina with my wonderful husband DeAntony, and our beautiful little boy, Preston. I am what I call a ‘Non-traditional Southern Belle’ with a touch of Mary Poppins. I am a former career nanny turned doula and fitness instructor. I offer both antepartum & postpartum services including maternity concierge services, meal prep, bed rest assistance, baby wearing & cloth diaper education and much more. I also offer nutrition and fitness plans for my clients and their families. I teach Zumba at the Brier Creek Community Center three days a week as well.

2 Replies to "Stepping Back: My tips to refresh and refocus this spring"

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    Ashley Jones April 15, 2016 (11:02 am)

    I loved this, and knowing I’m not the only mom who lets her kids eat anything they want, once in a while, is refreshing. I can’t remember the last time I *didn’t* have dirty dishes in the sink, Haha.

    Anyway, I TRY to balance work/home life by making to-do lists every morning so I get done what needs to be done. When I have my priorities finished, I get to do what is more fun to me, then I cut myself off at a certain time, much like when I’m at my night job and cut someone off before they get too intoxicated. 😉

    It doesn’t always work, but I try my hardest and soon I’ll get to leave my night job and focus completely on my business!

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    Heather Kirstein Clements April 15, 2016 (11:31 am)

    Really enjoyed reading this, Kelly! Great reminders. We definitely have to fill our own cup before we pour out into others.

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