One of the things I struggle with most is finding a balance in my life. I’m either too focused on work, school, or whatever and forget to take time for me.
This week I had a long to-do list for homework I wanted to get through. It involved three chapters, videos, and labs for science, three books, excerpts and comments, paper, and final project for Prose Stylistics. In addition to that I had a long list of crocheting I wanted to get done including three graduation gifts which are time consuming.
For a change, I think I've found a balance (temporarily I’m sure). Yesterday is a perfect example. I spent four hours working on homework. I finished (well all except a final read through) of my paper, read the last nine excerpts and wrote comments, and I worked on some comments for science. This four-hour session was spent at my computer and by the time I was done my legs were bothering me.
After I was done at the computer I took my science book with the intention of sitting in the recliner and reading. Instead I watched some TV with Vicki and then took a nap. After the nap I worked on crocheting a grad gift. The rest of my day was spent either crocheting or enjoying my down time.
This morning I am working on homework until Vicki comes back with our friend. Then I will work on crocheting because they will be playing on the Wii and it is too distracting for me to do homework. However, I can enjoy their company while I work on grad gifts. I won’t have to feel guilty for the down time because I will be putting in some study time before they get here. I may finish another chapter of science or just make progress on it. I don’t know how far I’ll get but I know I will feel like I balanced out my day by working this way.
Without a doubt, I will struggle with having balance, but for this past week, I can at least feel like I found some semblance of it during my vacation time. My to-do list didn't get done – either one of them – but I did make progress on both. Maybe that is the point, especially for someone like me who always has too long of a to-do list, I got something done on both lists and made progress.