Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.
The tail end of last week was a difficult one. I was feeling run down, L’s cough and cold came back yet again, and it felt like there just weren’t enough hours in the day. The more I rushed around trying to work through the exhaustion, the less I seemed to achieve. Tasks that would normally take 20 minutes were taking closer to 2 hours. Getting behind on everything I wanted to do led to more stress and even more exhaustion. Something had to give.
My body was telling me to rest, to take things easy, to get more sleep. My mind was telling me I had too much to do.
I decided to listen to my body. I took a look at my ever expanding to do list, circled those things that were essential and had deadlines, put a mark next to the things that had to be done within the week but weren’t time sensitive and crossed off the rest (moving it to a master list if neccessary).
As luck would have it, there was nothing on there that had to be done that night so I switched off the electronics and gave myself a night off. I even had an early night! I then arranged the rest of the week around when I knew I was at my best mentally and factored in time to rest.
Now, I’m not going to lie and say that after a few days I was miraculously back to full health. I wasn’t, and I’m still not. But, by taking the downtime I needed I actually somehow managed to get my whole to do list done anyway. By only working when I was at my best I accomplished so much more.
We are all limited on time and we all have tasks that simply have to be done (like feeding the children), but for anything else, only work on it when you are at your best. Give your body and your mind the rest they need.
Do you listen to your body? Need a little more inspiration? Check out his week’s workbook:
Have a great week x