I can’t believe tomorrow is December. To be completely honest, November has been a pretty inconsistent month. I’m still working towards finding that right ~ flow ~ while working and balancing personal life.
I’m really beginning to think the whole balance thing is really what you’ve become comfortable with, determining the right amount of time of doing work while also making sure you’re keeping healthy and sane.
I read something yesterday that put it like this: There are people who are happiest when their life is divided in sections, and there are people who are happiest when their life is fluid.
One isn’t better than the other and it’s really up to individual to set these expectations, considering of course factors like if you’re working for a company or client, spending time with family, having a social life, getting the right amount of sleep, etc.
What really put my month off was the inconsistency of how I was spending my time and not prioritizing quite the best. Some days I’d sacrifice a bit of sleep, stay later at the office, work after hours — this in turn would throw off the next day, then the day after that, etc. and it began to start feeling like a game of catch up.
It’s so important to keep self disciplined while still taking good care of yourself. I found that having breaks in between work to take a spin class or go for a run really helped put some balance in my schedule and tasks didn’t end up feeling too draining or repetitive.
But of course there will always be those days we get off track and it’s okay to have a cheat day every now and then, just don’t let it get the best of you and fall into bad habits.
To remind myself to stay positive and in get me out of a funk, I thought about the things that make me happy and help get me re-focused. I made a check list of those things to look over whenever I’d be in a mood:
☐ Tidy up
☐ Make a new music playlist
☐ Write a blog post
☐ Take a spin class
☐ Read a design article
☐ Watch a design documentary
☐ Look at cute cat GIFs
☐ Make a list of things to look forward to
No matter what I’m struggling with, I’ve just found it’s so important for me to just remember to keep moving after I’ve had time to rest and heal.
At the end of the day, it’s all about those steps we take. Either choosing to avoid, ignore or hold a grudge against with whatever it is that’s bringing us down, or it’s taking the right steps forward to fight through and address any issues you’re dealing with.
Whatever it might be, the energy you put into merely trying is what makes all the difference. Keep movin.