In short, I am knackered!
My Facebook status today says it all today:
Being a working parent can be tiring regardless of whether you are working at home for yourself or out of the home for someone else. First there is the guilt “Am I spending enough time with the kids?”, then “Am I a spending enough time with the Husband” and of course “Will my housework ever be up to date?”.
In recent months I have taken on extra work and responsibilities and my working hours have been extended, working from the crack of sparrow until last thing at night in a bid to ensure that I don’t interrupt the time with the family, but this isn’t something that I can maintain indefinitely. I’m a tad shattered to be honest and need to reorganise and re-prioritise my work.
When you work for yourself you don’t tend to work the recommended hours as set out as in the EU guidelines and you don’t have a boss telling to to slow down. What you do need to do is recognise your limitations and take time out every now and then to reassess. This is my advice to all of those working parents today who push themselves too hard… remember why you are working like a devil and enjoy the fruits of your labour more. Remember, we are only human!
For me, this week is about a fresh start, new (realistic) goals and starting to remember again why I’ve loved working from home for the past six years.
We’ve just had two week off school for Easter.
Fortunately I had airtight plans in place that would enable me to continue to work and have both kids at home, and still do loads of exciting and education activities. We had plans for outdoor activities for exercise and fresh air and much more besides.
At the start of the holidays I was all very excited. I had reduced some of my work for the fortnight and set up an uber-organised plan for when I would be free and when it was kiddie time.
Seriously? How optimistic was that? In fairness I was asking for something to go a bit wrong. And it did.
First of all there was the weather. Wet, windy, dark, cold…. I had forgotten to factor in April showers.
Then there was illness. Kieran was ill for four days, Taylor spend a week cutting back teeth (in a very disturbingly clingy and tearful way – Kieran’s just popped through so worries, poor Taylor was past himself!) and then to add insult and injury Taylor got a rip-roaring ear infection. My poor children!
Lets just say that my uber-plan was recycled and used to make a paper airplane and everything ground to a halt. There was no way I could do any more than basic admin during the day so I ended up working stupidly long evenings and starting very early (i.e. before the cuckoo) to get everything done.
It may not have gone to plan exactly but all the work got done, the kids were well looked after and the house has even stay almost tidy. Not bad going really.
The beauty of being freelance for me is that I can pick up extra work when required, lower my workload if necessary and can work whatever hours I like so that I can be truly flexible to fit in with the needs of the family, the home, and my own schedule outside of work.
Airtight isn’t airtight when you have kids and we may not have stuck to “The Plan” but we had fun and spent lots of quality time together. I think I’ll stop with the super organised plans for holiday times in the future and just go with the flow!
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