Friday, March 19, 2010

Day 166

My tag line suggests that I am "fit, fabulous and slightly fatigued". Forget the slightly. I'm freakin' exhausted.

For whatever reason I am on limited sleep. I can't seem to turn off my brain at the moment and any sleep I do actually manage is fraught with dreams and cliff falling. I am not sure I am actually getting anything greater than 45 minutes of sleep in a row right now. I keep waking up, going back to sleep, waking up, going back to sleep, and then waking up and laying there contemplating the universe, before I eventually go back to sleep and wake with a start because I have now slept in. Add that to trying to make measurable progress in reasonable time during the daylight hours and you've got yourself some seriously deep fried fruit.

Yesterday I literally ran between "to do" items to the point that my stilettoed feet were throbbing and I was experiencing hot flashes (or electrical surges, I am not sure which). The crazy thing was that the "to do" items weren't particularly urgent nor vital to the well being of my family, my business or me. I was quite simply racing about to do them because they were on my list! How's that for being a left brained process girl! This occurred to me mid-afternoon as sweat dripped from my forehead during a baking session. I had spent part of the morning in my role of business owner (sitting at the computer), part of the morning as a wife (darting into the city to take Hubby the lunch he had left on the counter), part of the morning as household manager (doing groceries and general off premises chores), and then raced into lunch as a cheerleading coach (up at the school taking one of my cheer teams for a rehearsal session) before I found myself back at home in my role of Mum in the middle of baking cup cakes. This is when the penny dropped. I had literally run up the front stairs after cheerleading, dived into the house and without any thought or reasoning I started the baking session simply because it was on my list! There was no reason for it. No birthday to prepare for, or cake sale to bake for, or afternoon tea to host. I just had it on my list so the kids had snacks. It was on the bloody list so I did it. Which is all well and good when you can go about the task calmly and with enjoyment but I was seriously almost in tears because of my exhaustion. I was feeling dizzy, hot and plain tired. I had only 40 minutes to get it done before I was due back at the school to collect the kids. This is not good. I am creating my own nervous breakdown ... and over what? Cupcakes??!!!!

It may be shocking for you to discover then that one of my specialties is time management. As a success trainer I actually teach the art of making time work for my clients in their pursuit of happiness, success and life balance. I am not sure that speeding up the clock and training for the stiletto race is walking my talk. (Sorry, make that sprinting my talk). And why the hell am I wearing stilettoes anyway?!?! What was that all about? Sigh.

So today I am going to practice what I preach. I am going to look at all my roles and fill out my daily time management schedule accordingly leaving reasonable time for walking between tasks. And I am definitely going to factor in some "sitting on my arse" time. That's gotta happen ...

And the big question, will stilettoes be involved? Um ... yes. Because my tag line tells me so. "Fit FABULOUS and slightly fatigued". Stilettoes go with the territory.

Leanne's Proposed Schedule:

6.00 - 7.00 Blogging, making lunches, tidying house

7.00- 8.00 Get family organised, shower, make beds, get dressed, put on a load of washing

8.00 - 9.00 Cup of tea, emails, school run

9.00 - 10.00 Taking care of business

10.00 - 11.00 Meeting with dance teacher for cheer choreography

11.00 - 12.00 Networking with fellow success trainer

12.00 - 1.00 Still networking with fellow success trainer (hopefully sitting on my arse)

1.00 - 2.00 Home for lunch and more arse sitting

2.00 - 3.00 Taking care of business

3.00 - 4.00 School run and off to calisthenics solo rehearsals for Tahlia

4.00 - 5.00 Calisthenics rehearsal while Mummy sequins the costume

5.00 - 6.00 Visit new baby in hospital

6.00 - 7.00 Home, cook, eat

7.00 - 8.00 Cuddle with kids

8.00 - 9.00 Television with family


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