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Work.

Work slammed me with its huge hammer. The last three weeks were so overwhelmingly intense that I stopped believing in work-life balance for good. There are people who can stretch a 24-hour day into a 36-hour day, and still manage to get some sleep. I am not one of them. I stress. I feel overwhelmed. I want to scream. In fact, I have to shamefully admit that I did take out my stress on Beaker. A few times.

My past three weeks looked like this:

7:00 am – work

7:30 pm – drag myself home and half-heartedly listen to Beaker who is trying to talk me into going to the gym

9:30 pm – slowly digest dinner while falling asleep on the couch and wondering if I ever will be able to write a blog post again

11:30 pm – clenching jaws and grinding teeth in my sleep.

Life.

Chores. The perfect epitome of my weekends. People who have energy to do chores such as cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry during the week are admirable. At night, after a long and intense day at work, I don’t have any vigor to start up my computer or pick up a book. Most of the time I fall asleep on the couch.

I spend most of my weekends doing chores. On top of it all, we decided to get ourselves a new couch, and update our bathroom. It was fun but oh-so-exhausting. In the end, not much got done at home, my blog got abandoned for sometime and my sanity was in question due to stress.

Balance.

None. I barely squeezed in some exercise because it does, after all, relieve me from some stress, and I grind my teeth less at night. I did not write a single word in the last three weeks, and I missed it tremendously. Writing is not just a part of me, it is also my creative outlet. It relaxes me, takes my mind off work, deadlines, and stress.

What I Learned from Being Slammed with a Hammer

  1. Prioritize as much as you can. Don’t waste time on unimportant stuff.
  2. Eat healthy food, stay away from junk food. Junk food will increase your unhealthy cravings of sugar and/or salt. Oh, and it will make you fat and sleepy.
  3. Find your healthy stress outlet. For me it is always shopping! Not too healthy as far as a bank account goes, but it is definitely a huge stress reducer.
  4. Unload your weekends from chores. Do something you really enjoy. Do not bring work home unless you really have to. I wish I would run less errands and spend more time shopping writing.
  5. Spend time with your family and be really “present.” I noticed that I was not listening to Beaker, focusing instead on my own thoughts and plans, and steps to take to meet work deadlines, and clenching jaws, and grinding teeth.

How It is Going to Affect This Blog

Do not panic! I am definitely around. I am not going anywhere, even though sometimes I might vanish for a few days. Feel free to email me, or put a shout out in Twitter.

However, if you like a rigid posting schedule, then you are out of luck. There will be no specific schedule for posting. I will be writing and posting whenever my crazy schedule allows it. I’ve heard that it means I am breaking one of the rules of blogging. Honestly, I don’t give a rat’s ass: Rules are meant to be broken.

This post was featured in the following carnivals:

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Y and T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
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Carnival of MoneyPros at My University Money
Carnival of Retirement at Making Sense Of Cents

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