Remember this post?
This is how you-all always feel when doing laundry, right??
I know that I smile like this the WHOLE time.
Well, a few months later and I have to say: this did not work out for me at all. After the first few weeks, the structure was guilt-inducing and repressive rather than providing a way for me to stay organized and on top of things.
To tell the truth, this realization was not unexpected. I don’t think that I intentionally undermined my own experiment since I really was ready to try a new process and see if my new at-home way of life would benefit as a result. But the answer was a clear and resounding NO. I felt like I was constantly at the grindstone, didn’t balance home-keeping and creative projects well, and generally got grumpy about the whole thing.
However, I still want some type of structure to my weekdays. I can’t deny that I need it – both for my own sanity and to help me get things done. So I’m trying a similar, but much gentler, approach for the start of 2011: Home-making tasks and any consulting work are to be the bulk of my “working hours” M, Tu, Th, and F. Wednesday is for creative projects, coffee with friends, and other things that are a break from cleaning, laundry, home projects, and work-related efforts.
I feel good about this approach, how it provides a flexible structure within which to get things done, but still has a break in the middle for the creative things I am yearning to do – particularly creating in the kitchen and working with fiber.
I plan to check in a few more months down the road to track how it’s going.