R takes a long weekend
Working full time in a senior role and starting your own company, while trying to eat well, exercise, see your family, catch up with friends, spend time with your boyfriend, look into buying a house and at some point clean your bathroom has been taking its toll on me recently.
Everywhere I look I see people taking on too much, people saying yes to everything when they should say no and treat themselves to some quiet time. Somehow I allow myself to escape my own criticism here. I think it's something to do with the fact that I'm not filling up my time with frivolities and socialising, I'm filling it with long, hard graft - and that makes it OK right?
In short, no. And I, as much as everyone else, needs to hear that.
In order to cope with the pressures of an intense day job and an even more intense start-up job after hours, I dedicate myself to exercising and eating clean - it is the only thing that keeps me going. The other thing I've noticed is that I increasingly only spend time with other people in similar situations, parents with full loads on their plates, colleagues with busy roles, friends who are also starting companies or filling their time with ambitions like running marathons. It seems the friends I have who have lots of free time and minimal stress feel too alien to be around at the moment.
Even with living healthily, excellent time management and focusing my social time on other high achievers, life sometimes still gets too much and I have to admit to myself that I need time to step back, relax and recuperate.
After much deliberation I am currently enjoying day three of a four day weekend during which I have eaten whatever I've wanted, only walked for exercise and had more naps than I care to admit. While I would normally feel guilty for this indulgence and lack of productivity, I just feel gratitude and relief - my mind, body and soul need this.
Whatever it is you have on your plate, whatever your obstacles and challenges, I urge you to take some time for you and your loved ones to rest your body, renew your thinking and feed your soul. Don't worry about the jobs not getting done, or the extra calories, just think about what books to read or films to watch. We're all human, and taking some time off every now and then, has to part of our lives.
Happy weekend everybody.