I’m Struggling Too
So for me, we are now a few weeks away from the kids going back to school and like all parents in lockdown and home schooling we are counting down the days.
Like many parents I have struggled with lockdown and home schooling.
My productivity has literally been halved. If not more some days.
I am a creature of habit. I have built my days on routine, consistency and ritual so that I can be the best me and operate at my peak for the time that I am working.
But with the kids at home ALL the time, all of that has been completely thrown out the window some days.
I have told you all about things like my focus rituals and strategies, my productivity hacks, organisation and more but many of those have been hard to do, to the level I am used to, because of interruptions and inconsistencies in my days that have been beyond my control.
So what has been my answer?
The best thing I can do, is take each day at a time and be kind to myself.
Continue my routine and planning practices with the best of intentions so I can get as much done as I can, taking into consideration the time I need to spend with the kids and that it’s tiring, so sometimes I need a nap in there too ;).
To readjust and align my priorities and more importantly my expectations.
Expectations of me, the kids and what is possible to get done each day.
When the day goes to poo, I have to just suck it up and work out what the next day is going to look like.
I have made sure that practices that make me feel grounded, joyous and calm are built into my day the best I can with the restrictions we have.
So going for a long walk on my own. Even sometimes just sitting in the car a little longer than I need to when I get home from the shops or even just sitting on the beach on my own to clear my head, get some space and make sure I don’t blow my top at the drop of a hat, lol.
The thing that stresses us out is our expectations, so I have just had to shift mine to stay sane.
So yep, I’ve hardly achieved any of what I thought I would have in the last 4 months and I’ve had to accept that and adjust my expectations.
Everyone is in a slightly different situation and even if you are not home schooling, lockdown is a huge disruption and can throw you totally off your game.
And of course I feel for those businesses that can’t even operate at all. My thoughts are with you.
There is now a light at the end of the tunnel for us here in NSW lockdown and I am just looking forward to upping my productivity when the kids go back to school. Not to mention upping my connection with the many people I have missed seeing over the last 4 months.
Hang in there everyone, we’re all in this together and we have a wonderful community of support.
So reach out if you need anything.
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