It's About Time!
Updated: Apr 6
Two years ago I was busy, busy, busy, blah, blah, blah. I had a full time job as a HR consultant. I was a mother of a boisterous one year old. I lived with my partner. I had a very busy family, friends and social life. I worked out when I could. I travelled when I could and finally slept when I had to. Yet despite being as lucky as I was, I still couldn't help but feel like the jigsaw puzzle wasn't quite complete.
I realised something had to give to my busy life and I had to re-organise and find more time for the things that I wanted to do.
So what did I do?
I decided to go back to college and qualify as a Personal Trainer. I then set up my own business, took some time out to gain experience in the industry and then hit the ground running.
Mad or what! I like to call it the best midlife crisis ever!
Today I no longer have that full time HR job but as far as the rest is concerned everything stayed the same. The HR job had to go as well as the nice salary but I knew that as 40 approached fast that if I did not do it now, I never would. It was a gamble but one that I will never live to regret.
So how did I find more time?
1. I started to get up earlier. It is amazing how much you can do with an extra hour.
2. I looked at my time with my son Edward. He needed to grow and be stimulated and I arranged for him to go to nursery which he loves. Neil my partner and my family also very kindly stepped up to the plate and still do which I am eternally grateful for!
3. I started to multi task. For example I would do some of my social media stuff whilst working out at the same time. The bike was my new desk!
4. I arranged for a cleaner and a gardener to do the those jobs I hated. I thought that so long as I can earn more than it cost to employ people it must be more efficient.
5. I stopped doing things that I thought I enjoyed but on reflection I did not. Like watching crap TV.
6. I moved my computer into the lounge so I could work evenings and weekends and still be with Neil, Ed and crap TV. ( OK something's are hard to give up.)
7. I cut out things that were not good for me and affected my life, like staying up late, drinking and eating poor quality food.
8. I make the most of my holidays.
9. I make the most of my weekends.
10. I love what I do now. It is not work. It is fun with a capital "F".
So are you happy in your life? Or is it really about time you looked at yourself and reorganised your time? Don't let time run away with you...