One of my New Year resolutions, along with eating better, drinking less alcohol and more water and all the standard stuff revolving around looking after myself, was to carve out some more time to relax and have fun.
I recently alluded to the amount of work I have to get done every week just to stay on track with my interior design projects, coursework, my day job and blogging. By Christmas I was becoming overwhelmed. There is only so long one can carry on getting up at 6am, working solidly for two hours until leaving for work, commuting for an hour, then doing a full day in the office, and then trying to squeeze some downtime and fun into the evening before collapsing into bed exhausted. Just to get on the same treadmill again the next day.
The pressure of trying to finishing my time- and brain-consuming KLC course, along with transitioning careers (i.e. doing two jobs at the same time) is just too much to fit into one, normal sized week. I was starting to suffer from burn-out and high levels of frustration and something had to give.
I didn’t want to drop any of my projects as that would prevent me from moving forwards to the nirvana of a career solely focussed around interior design, and so two weeks ago I negotiated with my boss to take one day off a week. I am extremely fortunate that my boss was incredibly supportive and agreed immediately so as from now, I don’t work Tuesdays, and can take any other days off I wish as long as I can still get my job done in the time that I’m there (something I know that I can do).
It turns out that Tuesday is the perfect day to have off. Not being part of the weekend, it’s a day earmarked for whatever I choose it to be, with no requirement to take anyone else’s wishes into account and no inclination to relax after the weekend or start to wind down in anticipation of the next one.
I have decided to split my day off into two parts – the morning for full-on coursework and then the afternoon for fun. I recognise that taking the day off for coursework only and doing my usual twelve hour stint with no break isn’t going to help my stress levels so having the afternoon as an enforced ‘as I please’ is a good call.
Since I made this decision ideas and inspirations have flooded into my head like water gushing from an opened dam. Shops I want to visit, people I want to meet, walks I want to take, books I want to read. I feel like a big fuzzy space has cleared in my head and so far it’s been absolutely brilliant. My stress levels have dropped dramatically, I feel relaxed, energetic and happy. I’ve been for wedding dress fittings, eaten macaroons and had beauty treatments in a posh hotel, I’ve had tea and cake at Liberty with a good friend, bought and eaten pies at Borough Market and had some reflexology. And all that was in just two Tuesday afternoons. And crucially I’ve got some real traction with my coursework and am nearly there on finishing the module. Quite honestly feel like a different person.
My plan is to write about some of my Tuesday adventures, as a spur to hold me accountable to getting out and about and spending time elsewhere than at my drawing board. So here’s to Tuesdays, my new favourite day of the week. And tomorrow is going to be even more fun as it’s my birthday so I don’t even have to do coursework. Hoorah!