Time Pressure and Management

This month I am working normal office hours 9 – 5 something I am not used to.
Being a carer I normally work 12 hours shift, something that means that I work only 3 or 4 days a week when I am full time.

Although I dont get time for anything else than waking up and going to sleep in between those long shift, when my work week is over I have 3 or 4 days completely of.
Now that I am in five days a week I am suddenly feeling this time pressure every Londoner talks about.
20160317_080009I though that being used to 12 hours shifts, going to 8 hours a day would leave me with so much extra time every day. But even though my days are relatively short, with travel time I end up not getting much time to do much when I come home.

Lately I have been trying to get a run done in the morning before I get ready for work, although it means my alarm goes of at 5 am. It is great getting an early start, however that does leave me tired throughout the day unless I get to bed at 9 or 10 at night.

Living in London travel can easily at times take more than two hours in rush time, meaning that at times we get home at 7 or even 8 leaving us with two hours to make dinner and have some quality time before heading to bed.
Of course two hours is not bad, we have time for dinner, conversation and what else we need to do.
But like everyone else we have so many extra things that needs to be done, such as housework, fixing whatever we need to do online and general chores that I can tell at least on this end is suffering.

I defiantly feel the need to manage my time better, the last few weeks working office hours it has become clear that that is really not my strength. Surely when families with full days of work and children in the house can manage it well, I should be able to too!

Doing my workout in the morning has been the first step, now I just have to work out how to manage the rest of my day! Anyone having any tips for this is very appreciated, lets just say that.

Dont get me wrong, I am loving this new challenge at work, learning to do some administrative task. Having been a carer since I was 18 both full time and next to uni this is brand new to me and I love the challenge and learning to do that as well. It is the first time I am heading to work in office clothes rather than my carer uniform, it feels strange as well as fun. Learning how to do new things is always exiting!

I find is so funny how one always thinks that everyone else’s days seems much easier to manage until we get our days changed to what they have and then start to see that there are challenges with that too.

When I worked 12 hours a day, I was always so jealous seeing people on the commute heading of to their days that would end well before mine. Always thinking how much they would get done in a day.
I am sure in October when I am back to working 12 hours I will quickly go back to thinking that same thing, but for now am defiantly starting to understand the challenges of time pressure that most people experience. Especially in big cities where the travel time can be half a working day!
DSCF1152S0021126S0031129DSCF1154Today after coming home I have been making dinner for myself, Greg and James, before catching up on my blogging and that has been it for today. Now I am headed of to bed before an exiting and busy day tomorrow.

I hope you have all had a lovely day, and that you managed to manage your time better than me!

Good night!

– Camilla

Preparation for Stoke, Shopping and baking

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Now the time is 1 am and I am sitting in the kitchen waiting for my baking to be done in the oven.

As Greg and I are taking the coach up to Stoke-On-Trent tomorrow, I thought I would surprise him by making him his favorite Norwegian “buns” for the road, as well as some fresh bread rolls.

I thought it would take about one hour, so I started about 9.30 in the evening. But I underestimated the time it would take to make two different doughs, raise them and have them bake.

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So our planned, lovely evening watching TV and enjoying each others company has turned in to Greg sleeping upstairs,and me having an evening in the kitchen into the long hours of the night. Not that I should be complaining, I have had quite a nice time down here in my own company, working on my baking skills. There is something quite peaceful and therapeutic about baking. It does allow some time alone with your thoughts, plus working on a little “project” is always nice. And now it seems that it was all worth it, because unlike the bread earlier in the week, this batch of baking looks like it is a success! (woohoo)
I do feel a little bad that everytime I try to get together a little nice surprise such as baking or a delicious meal for Greg, I somehow end up turning it into a long ordeal, and taking away from our original plan. I guess time management is an area I should try to improve on.

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Before my baking session started today Greg and I went to Westfield here in Stratford to buy what we needed for our trip. I have been missing a backpack and a thermos on our previous excursions (day trips in reality) so I finally got that.

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Shopping at Westfield

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Greg kept laughing about how proud and satisfied I was with my new shopping, but I find such joy in getting little new things I have been wanting for some time.
Be sure I will show you pictures of it during the trip.

Now I am exhausted from a long day, and we have a bus to catch in the morning, so its time for me to say goodnight and go to bed.

Wishing everyone a good night and a great Easter holiday!

– Camilla