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post it note jobsThis 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?

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  1. 18/10/2013 / 2:16 pm

    I have more than one cupboard that needs tidying but I am happy to report the cupboard under the stairs is not one of them!

    I also need to spend more time on admin and HMRC but what struck me most about this post was the throwing away old stuff to make way for the new me. THAT is what I shall be taking away from this post
    Thank you

  2. 18/10/2013 / 2:51 pm

    Have you written this post about me?? I need to do all of those, especially the albums after losing a large number of photos over the summer and making a will.

  3. 18/10/2013 / 8:12 pm

    Mr B and I promised ourselves we would make a will when we bought our house 6 years ago, then again when the boy was born, and again when little miss was born. Still not done.

    I have a drawer of shame…it fills me with dread.

  4. 18/10/2013 / 9:29 pm

    Cupboard of shame? I have a house of shame. 🙂

  5. 19/10/2013 / 7:56 am

    I think you pretty much wrote about me. Decluttering is probably the biggest thing I need to do.

  6. 14/11/2013 / 1:41 pm

    I was chuckling as I read this, as it all sounds far too familiar. Making a will, doing something with the photos and sorting out our finances have been on my to-do list since my eldest was born. She’s now 7. Good luck with all your jobs. It must feel wonderful to be finally tackling them.

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