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Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

So….that’s it then. Another week over. Another week that whizzed by and before I knew what was happening it was Saturday again.

My job has grown. Last week I ended up working 80% (although two days were pure pleasure in Barcelona) and this week it crept up to 90%.There is so much to do I could be at the office 24/7. Which isn’t a good thing really.

Today I woke up having slept badly (teenagers coming in at 3am and cooking sausage rolls at 4am, husband snoring for Switzerland) and I can honestly say that I felt about 90. Sore neck, headachy, no energy. I’m not sick, I think I’m just bone tired.

I’ve finally been able to get out into the garden this morning and do a bit of tidying up – gardening is always my thinking and putting the world to rights time. And then it came to me.

I don’t want to work 80 or 90%. Ideally I’d like to work 50% and still have time to sit and smell the flowers, sew and drink coffee with my friends. More than that and work starts to take over and although I’m actually loving my job, I realize that it’s also the sort of job (and I’m the sort of person) where it will grow and grow until I pull the plug. I’m starting to think that the plug pulling really needs to happen sooner rather than later.

My predecessor worked full time and I’m basically trying to do a full-time job and sort out a big mess in 6o% of the time. Even though I’m wonder woman, I’m beginning to think that this may just be a bit of a stretch. (I know….I know….duh!)

So next week I will be home on Wednesday and Friday. I will be here, blogging and sewing and doing nice things. I will not be being an accountant. I will stop this nonsense before it gets out of hand!

See you soon – tomorrow probably!


16 Responses to “Perspective”

  1. CarlaHR Says:

    Helen, I think you have taken the right step (ever thought of job sharing?) to balancing your life. Hope it works out for you and your employer.
    I was offered a job yesterday – didn’t go looking for it – it came out of the blue but after thinking about it for about two minutes, declined (I did leave the door open for a 4 day gig in August which might be fun) but said NO to full part-time employment – it just wouldn’t work out as I am already too occupied with outside activities.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend in the garden – we are still experiencing icy winds so being outdoors is no fun.

  2. Susan Says:

    I really hope you achieve the right balance. It is important or else you have just traded one stress for another.

  3. Susan May Says:

    Hello from Alaska – your weariness is felt between each line. I think you are wise to lay down strong boundary lines for the future. Good luck and God bless! And have a good weekend.

  4. Catherine Says:

    Sounds very sensible to me. I work full time, 37 hours, but usually its a 40-45 hour week and u am just knackered! Much better for you to get it sorted now than when its too late

  5. Lun Says:

    Oh I know the feeling and I don’t have the sleep disturbers! My job is changing after Easter and I’ve asked to go down to 80% until Christmas as a trial period. I am so looking forward to it as the job has just grown to fill more and more hours each week. When I thought about it I realised that the more I did, the less I was being paid as it’s a fixed salary. There’s also the element of being tired so work takes longer to complete. I think you’re quite right to try to sort it out earlier rather than let it become a permanent situation. The protestant work ethic has a lot to answer for!

  6. Flying Blind Says:

    Oooooh you have got a bit of a task there, good luck xxx

  7. Angela @ Heart of Charnwood Says:

    Good Luck reducing it down, any job can easily take over and it must be tames before it gets out of control, you’re quite right! Good Luck with it, and enjoy the rest of the weekend. :o)

  8. Annabella Says:

    Good luck in reaching that balance Helen.

  9. Elisabeth Says:

    Well done for realising it sooner rather than later. As you say, it is so important to get the balance right. Good luck sorting it out! Have a lovely weekend.

  10. Leanne Says:

    You are doing so well with this work thing. I do think that if you just work the hours that you planned to work and not more, you will be able to find the right balance. Save the overtime for only those true emergencies, not for catching up long standing issues and such.

  11. Julie Says:

    I agree with so many of the comments above, Helen. I think you’re wise to realize what feeds and nourishes your life, and not leave those things behind, or let them be overshadowed by things that are okay, but not as soul-feeding. Hoping all goes well! xxoo

  12. Katy Says:

    Good luck with that! Have you thought about silencing the snoring husband with the 4am sausage rolls? Just a thought… šŸ˜‰

  13. Tracey Says:

    I have no solution for the long hours (3 14-hour days this week, and another would have been longer but I left at 6 to go my son’s soccer game) but a white noise machine has worked wonders to let me sleep through my husband’s snoring.

  14. Dianne Says:

    Well you’ve recognised the problem, so thats a good start! In the same situation, I was unable to handle it, so left the job altogether and went back to work in a much more “menial” role. And I loved it. I hope you can stick to your guns and make it work for you

  15. Crystal Says:

    Good for you to know what you want – and to stop the nonsense before they expect all sorts of things from you! Enjoy your days at home and all the things you want to do. Happy Easter!

  16. Sarah Says:

    Wise thinking. If you’re meant to be there 3 days, keep to that. I know the lure of doing more when you love the job. I’m a teacher, and whilst you only “teach” as much as the kids are in front of you, you really could do 80 more hours of work preparing and marking, writing programs etc. it’s not worth it. The job won’t look after you when you’re old! That’s my thinking. Also, I think that you’re very wise to know that sore neck, head achy, no energy is plain old bone tiredness. I felt like that a few weeks ago and thought I was really sick! Took me a good two days and severe talking to from my deputy principal to take it easier for me to work out I was just worn out.