Shouldn't we finally learn to go easy on ourselves?
November 3, 2017
Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like you’ve spent hours going nowhere? Time off from childcare is so precious that I feel a huge pressure to make sure I maximise that time fully. It can be quite overwhelming to prioritise what needs to be done. This is the same whether the time off is for social or work purposes.
I remember my office work days, what now feels like languishing with my colleagues for 8 hours a day. If something didn’t go right you could stay late or work on it the next day. Self-employed parents do not have that luxury. Their time is ruled by the child, having to snatch it and hope everything lands as it should.
This morning I had a precious few hours when my daughter was at nursery so I could work on my business. The computer keyboard broke. My plans to make a video were thwarted because the sun meant the light wasn’t right. I was doing some research on the internet but don’t feel like I got anywhere. I could literally hear the clock ticking as the time ran out. At the end of it, I didn't have anything concrete to show for my time and all I could thing about was the things I should be doing.
I don’t really know how to get around this but I do know that I should go easy on myself and remember that anything I am doing towards my personal project is an achievement. Sometimes things don’t go to plan and we must remain flexible and open to accepting this. I do look back and realise I’ve had some really productive periods as well. And, well, this time I did get a blog post out of it so that's something!
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