Each day is a gift. There are 7 days in a week. 5 days in a ‘typical work’ week. 24 hours in one day.
I read somewhere that the ideal day should be split into 3 lots of 8 hour brackets.
| 8 hours of sleep | 8 hours of work | 8 hours of play|.
I’m not sure which moron came up with this ridiculous idea, but my slightly more realistic day looks more like this…
| 9 hours sleep | 1.5 hours of driving | 8 hours of work | 2 hours of business work | 3.5 hours housework/mummy time |
Now let me take you back about 9 years to when I began teaching. The aim of the game was to always work a 5 day week and no matter what I had to do, I would scratch and sniff until I found those days. Last year I was lucky enough to score a contract at my school working 5 days a week. It was definitely the busiest time of my career (I won’t go into all the details) but looking back now I can’t believe how over the top busy I was. This year has been just as busy, but I have realised that Fridays have just been handed to me on a silver platter.
I have worked out that on every single Friday of every single week, I get a gift. Yep, a gift! And it’s all mine! The gift changes from week to week but what I hadn’t realised is that I have had this gift the entire time… right under my nose, for a loooonnnng time. For years I have wanted to achieve that perfect work/life balance. Heck, it’s what this whole blog is supposed to be about. And now, it has appeared to me as a gift and completely smacked me in between the eyes.
Each Friday, I get one of these 3 gifts.
1. A day of paid work on MY class at MY school. Great for me. Great for my students and great for our home loan $$.
2. A day to work on my business. To update my business plan, marketing plan, meet with clients and do industry training and networking.
3. A day to be a mum. To spend the quality time with my precious little pumpkin and do stacks of fun stuff with her.
So now when I look back at my average day and scrutinise how I chunk it into brackets… and then disperse that into my week, I’m feeling pretty lucky. The silver lining is in my Fridays. Every single week. I can relax now knowing that I am being given a fantastic opportunity in my Fridays and hell, I’m going to use them wisely.