I just love front porches. When I was house shopping last fall, three things sold this one to me when I looked at it– the real wood floors, the tons of windows and the front porch. (My actual house, not the porch in the photo) I am coming off nine days vacation from work and have spent a fair amount of time sitting on my wicker sofa on my front porch. either deep in thought, watching the birds or rain or brushing my collie, Ty.
And of course, resting between chores. I have accomplished a whole bunch of stuff from my to-do list. My goal had been to do one major house or pet related task and one major writing related deed per day. You know, those big projects you always keep putting off for one reason or another. Then I was going to use Saturday as a clean up day, finish up any loose bits of things that didn’t quite get all the way completed. And Sunday was to me by totally rest and do nothing day before going back to work Monday.
Well, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. I’ve hit or miss on my household and writing tasks, though many big ones have been completed. I can’t attest to the actual ratio, but when I look around, I can say I made a huge dent. When I look at my desk, I can say the same thing.
And I feel a lot less stressed because of the pressures of not having so much to get done. So I guess this time off has been well worth it. It has also shown me how to successfully balance the important things in my life.
For these, they break down into the following categories: (in no particular order) personal/ reflective time to recharge, meditate and rest, household time to get yard and house chores completed, and spending quality time with my pets, social time to meet with friends, meet with people outside the work environment and finally writing and creative time to write, promote writing and submit current writings.
These last nine days I am glad to say I have found the balance to all four of my needs without any one overpowering the others or making any one suffer significantly. Now, the trick is to take my shorter periods of time off work and keep that momentum rolling. Because the infamous to-do list will never go away.
No, not everything got done that I wanted, but many did. Now I can chip away at the rest of my wish list knowing the pressure to accomplish isn’t so great now. Kind of like sitting on a porch with a glass of tea. Just sit, rock and sip, taking things as they come.