It’s been a week and a half since I returned to work from maternity leave. Yes, I know! Already!
I have to admit though, it’s been a busy, frustrating, confusing and exciting return with a whole stack of changes and a tonne of work to be done. At times I’ve felt as though I’d drowning, not only under the weight of tasks to be completed, but also under the weight of a very heavy expectation that I’ll get it all sorted (as I always do). There have been some days were I have felt quite overwhelmed, which is not a normal state of being for me. I don’t know how to deal with the indecisiveness that is inherent in being overwhelmed or unclear about what I should be doing amongst a myriad of conflicting deadlines.
The trick that I’ve been resorting to lately is to simply take a step back and look at the big picture. I look at the big picture of my role and the service I provide to my customers. I look at the big picture as to why I have returned to work and how it allows me to provide for my family. I look at the big picture and consider that I’m going to learn a whole heap of things that I don’t even know yet!
I know that things will calm down again soon as I get back into the rhythm of things and some of the impacts of the changes lessen. And I hope, that in the interim, I don’t lose sight of my own personal bigger picture. Of my writing goals, my commitment to writing a post everyday which launched this blog as well as my desire to develop this skill and turn it into something fulfilling.
So whilst my most recent posts don’t have the substance of some of my earlier ones, I’m going to keep plugging away at it and keep my commitment. But be warned… tomorrow night might be a snapshot of what I cooked for dinner!
Do you have a hobby or project that you sacrifice for work, family time or home life? What things do you do to ensure you honour your commitments?