Tuesday, May 01, 2012
So most things are going ok. Yeah, ok.
But I told my husband that lately I feel rushed. Stressed. Out of time.
I thought about it, and I thought some more. And what I came up with was this: I'm working full time again, for the first time in more than 20 years.
I've worked pretty much my entire married/mom life, with the exception of about 2 years after our second son was born. But I've worked part time. As time passed I increased my hours, but last August I took a new position which has me working a 40 hour week.
Wait-actually, sometimes it's MORE than 40 hours a week. I'm not on a time clock anymore, so if I need to come in early, I come in early. If I need to stay late, I stay late. I work with two women who come in later and stay later than I do most days, so I'm having to assert myself and at the end of the day, I say, "See you tomorrow," and off I go (usually to the gym).
So, I've been looking at ways to re-organize my time. I've got the same 24 hours per day that everyone else has, but what they're dedicated to has gone through a shift.
I'm the type of person who enjoys thinking through a problem, with hopefully a good solution at the end. So here's one solution I'm going to try: in order to get to the gym and not have to stop at home even on days I stay later than I'd like, I''m turning the trunk of my car into a mobile locker.
I already have 2 gym backs packed: one for water aerobics and one for working out in the weight room. So, I've decided to add a couple of extra pairs of socks, some shoes, shirts and shorts and I'll leave all of it in the trunk of my car.
Why was a bringing my bags into the house every night anyway? Other than drying my suit and towel in the shower, why bring in the whole bag?
I wanted to rent a locker at the gym, but due to health reasons (read: bed bug epidemic in Cincinnati), they don't allow that anymore. They clean the lockers each day. I'm grateful for that, but I'm having to come up with my own locker solution.
Life is not about being stymied by obstacles. It's about finding the way over, under or around the obstacle to get where you want to be.
I'll keep you posted on how this goes. I'm on my way to my basement to gather my clothes for my locker.
What's your tip for getting something done when time is being crunched?
I also have my grocery list template based on my favorite store's layout. They really threw me for a loop when they remodeled and moved all the stock around!