Today someone at work asked me if I’ve been keeping up with my blog, and I sheepishly said no… I haven’t had any time! Which is partially true, with lockdown easing and plans slowly but surely filling the diary there has become significantly less time to sit down and write my blog posts, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t had time.
Quite a while ago I watched a TED talk, the name of which escapes me, and it was all about priorities. The main take away was that if someone says to you they don’t have time to see you, or do something, it’s not that they don’t have the time it simply means that you or that something are not a priority. The same can be said for when people say they don’t have the money to do something, again, it means that that thing is not a priority for them to spend their money on rather than them not having the money for it. So, bringing this back to me not writing my blog posts, it’s not that I haven’t have the time to write posts, it’s simply that I have not been prioritising or making time for it.
I think this is one of the reasons I was actually so anxious about coming out of lockdown, I started doing so many things over the past year that I was really enjoying (reading, working out, blogging, cycling to name a few) and now I’d have to balance these new hobbies (I hate that word), with things I enjoy outside of lockdown. It’s been quite hard but I suppose it’s all about finding balance! Over the past year I have definitely noticed a shift in my self, my mindset and my priorities. I feel like a bit of a loser saying this, but I’ve actually been scheduling nights in! The past year has made me realise I actually really enjoy waking up on the weekend and doing things, rather than being tired and hungover (it’s also worth noting I’m absolutely pathetic with a hangover) so I’m making nights in a feeling fresh a priority. I’d say I’m quite a social person, but there is only so much socialising I can do before I feel the need to recharge my mental batteries and be a bit of a recluse for a bit, so having nights in will help with that too! It also means when I do actually see people I’m a better version of myself, there is nothing I hate more than agreeing to do something and showing up tired/hungover/drained and feeling like 1. You can’t be bothered to talk to anyone and 2. That you’re being a bore to talk to. I digress.
As well as scheduling in nights in, I’ve also started scheduling when I’m going to exercise into my diary. If someone asks me to do something when I have a workout scheduled, the answer will be no, because working out needs to be and need to stay one of my priorities – or if they ask in advance, I’ll reschedule my exercise the same way I would reschedule a clashing plan with a friend. It’s also worth noting I’m running the London Marathon so training and sticking to a plan is essential right now! (Just Giving page here if you want to donate),
So, to get back on it with writing my blog posts, I need to start making time for it and making it a priority, scheduling time in my diary, and getting better processes in place to get my blog posts out. It’s been a month since my last one, fingers crossed it’s not a month until my next one!
Is there anything that you have started prioritising now that we’re coming out of lockdown that you didn’t prioritise before? How have you found balancing things you were enjoying in lockdown with the outside world?
Thanks for reading, Chloe x