I wanted to thank everyone that responded to my heartfelt post about overload. I have been touched by every response. Something so beautiful about Mums and the blogging community. And I am pleased to say that I am taking two very tangible steps to making my work life balance better. The first is that due to quite a large amount of accrued annual leave I am in a position to take a day off every fortnight for the rest of the year, and still have a reasonable amount of leave left. A three day weekend every other week…utter bliss! I think it will really help with me not taking work home as well, as I will put up my auto-reply out of office email on a Friday night and I think actively switch off from work. I will probably wish that it was every week! And I will admit I did seriously think about that, I almost had enough accrued annual leave to do that, but then would have nothing up my sleeve should a holiday opportunity arise. So as off June that will be my working life for the rest of the year, nine days a fortnight. You might say I am counting down.
The second is more work related. I am about to meet with an executive coach because I want to ensure I am delegating as effectively as I could. Now I do not think I am bad at this, but I think I could do with some improvement in this regard. I am always a person to take on responsibility, forgetting I have a great team to assist me, and that my role is to lead. Albeit I personally think good leadership includes some doing. So some work on my lead/do balance is something I have initiated and I am looking forward to this as well.
So hopefully pretty soon I will look like this more often – and I will get to spend more time with my wee crazy!