This Autumn has been a big time for me, now I have both children in school I have more time to reflect and consolidate my writing career. I’ve been thinking about things I have been putting off, things that hold me back from moving on. The biggest jobs hanging over my head since life went parentshaped?
1. Putting the pictures in albums. Okay, so maybe blogging counts for something, but I only got as far as my daughter at 6 months, the rest of our photos exist on my laptop and on a cloud somewhere and are in need of some serious editing down. I’m going to start with getting some of my instagrams printed as books, magnets and cards.
2. Reviewing our finances, All those decisions about life insurance, home insurance, investments made while sleep deprived and buried in nappies. Now seems to be a good time to make sure our plans are still the best ones. Insure me online offer health, life and home insurance from the comfort of your laptop.
3. Making a will. I know I know. we went through the process with a solicitor, but when it came to actually making those horrid decisions about what you want to happen if, well, we got stuck. But really, it can be done in ten minutes apparently, and needs sorting.
4. Getting fit. There have been several attempts, I even got up to 10k runs and 30 press ups at one point, but I have never quite got to the size I was before having kids. Last night I realised my kids are now 4 and 7, I can no longer use having had a baby as an excuse.
5. Letting go of previous versions of myself. I am never going back to teaching, I need to throw out the 20 folders of notes, lesson plans and schemes of work and make room for new stuff in my life. I have a sewing machine that I haven’t used for 10 years, oil paints for 15, clothes I no longer wear. The stuff that holds you back from making new versions of yourself.
I was going to do five, but I am on a roll now…
6. Getting my head round where my kids are at now. I’m learning that my children don’t have the ‘diligent gene’, they are bright, endlessly creative, imaginative and full of amazing plans, but listening to the more technical bits at school always comes second to having adventures. I need to work on helping them consolidating what they are learning a bit more.
7. Mastering self employment admin. I am good at the jobs I do, but I am busy and all the extra things like managing NI , tax, making provision for the future gets sidelined all too easily. More time spent on the HMRC website this year.
8. The cupboard of shame. Every house has one. Ours is under the stairs. Where is yours?
What are your most put off jobs?