No Goal Setting this month
Usually, at the beginning of the month, I write my goals post. A list of all the things I want to achieve. Not this month though.
Just recently I have felt that I have burnt myself out a little and have taken some time off from all the ‘stuff’ I do in my spare time. Instead, I have been chilling out and catching up on things that have been slipping. I’ve also been on holiday and feel refreshed and ready to start again.
I started this blog two years ago and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I love learning new things and the two years have flown by. In addition, my foray into blogging has also led me into a world of money making opportunities, many of which can be done in your spare time – and that is the key word – spare time. Just recently, I don’t seem to have had much, if any at all and I have found myself struggling to keep up with everything.
I work ‘part-time’ and I have put that in quotation marks as my official hours are 6 per day, 30 hours per week (so only 7.5 hours different to the full-timers). However, 6 months ago there was a reshuffle and this led to a change of line manager, change of office and change of role. The role has a lot more responsibility and I absolutely love it. With the extra responsibility comes an increase in pay, which is obviously great for the bank balance, but it also involves a lot more work. Whilst I am lucky that I have this role and can still do my current hours, to keep up I do occasionally have to work later or do extra work at home. Again, this is all paid as overtime and this is great for the bank balance.
As my day job is my priority, this has naturally led to a decrease in the amount of time I have for blogging and side hustling. During May and June, I was attached to my laptop constantly whenever I had a spare moment in the evenings and weekends. But things started to slip and I realised that I can’t do everything.
In addition, a routine visit to the doctors led to the nurse randomly testing my blood pressure – it was not good and after all the reasons I gave her for why it would appear high, she gave me another appointment for a retest three weeks later.
Something had to change. As we were going on holiday in July, I had worked hard at getting all my blog content written and scheduled in advance. This was to stop me worrying about things whilst I was away. What actually happened was - I stopped completely. I did not work on the blog or my side hustles AT ALL. I just couldn’t face it. I couldn’t face picking up the laptop and firing it up. I couldn’t think of anything that I wanted to share. I couldn’t be bothered to work on the side hustle that I had spent so long building up. All I could do was ….. nothing. So that is exactly what I have done. I focused on my day job, making sure that I was completely up to date before my holiday and I focused on myself. I came home from work and sat outside in the sunshine, listening to music. I read a book. I watched Love Island for the first time and completely lost myself in the voyeuristic world of the villa.
We went on holiday and had a great time. Spending time with my family, swimming in the sea, enjoying nice meals out had the most amazing effect on me.
I am back and, obviously, back on the laptop and blogging again. I feel a renewed energy but I know that I need to be ‘careful’ not to burn myself out again. The trouble is, there is just SO MUCH I want to do!
That is the reason I am not setting myself any goals this month. I do have things I want to achieve, they are there in the back of my head and on the lists I have, but there are no deadlines.
I am also going to try to confine my blogging and side hustling to evenings and weekend mornings. This will give me the weekend afternoons off to chill on the sofa, watch tv, read a book, listen to music, spend time with my family or declutter the kitchen (which is something I have wanted to do for months but just haven’t had the time – or haven’t allowed myself the time??).
I’ve enjoyed writing this post. It feels good to get my ‘feelings and thoughts’ down on ‘paper’. I love blogging and side hustling but it can become all consuming. I need to manage it more and be in control. After all, if I don’t have my mental and physical health, then I can’t blog or side hustle and that would be unthinkable.
So, no goals or targets this month, just a basic plan that I will stick to during the times I allot to my blogging and side hustling.
Why not pin this for later?