Many people know that I have multiple projects on the go all the time. Even when I simplify my life down to just one project, I have multiple avenues of aggravation and stress. That’s the norm in my life. I am a single parent with aging parents and an injured sister. Plus, I’m a full time writer – of one thing or another. I’m also a hard worker and tend to *over heap* my plate.
Sometimes, life goes my way and it seems like I’m on a production line where projects finish up and move out smoothly. Then there are the times where it seems all I do is wait for other people to get back to me. I end up waiting, waiting, and waiting some more. These are frustratingly unproductive times where I can’t move forward.
So in order to feel good about this passage of time, I decided to plan out small ‘free’ days.’ Now free days don’t mean ‘away from family’ days, because family is often a casualty of a heavy work schedule. And these aren’t actual holidays, although I’ll treat them as if they were. They are an attempt to turn a frustrating unproductive time into something fun and productive – in a different way.
Soooo, I worked out six day trips and three overnight trips – all within an hour of home. First up, is Fintry Provincial Park (pictured above). This place offers sandy beaches, camping, hikes to an incredible waterfall (left), and best of all, it’s away from the problem of *waiting* at home. I’m heading into just this type of problem now! Just think, in an hour I could be climbing to a waterfall, swimming in the lake or visiting the heritage site in the park. Short, simple, as minimal packing is required, and yet a fun use of time that would be otherwise spent waiting to hear from someone. Not to mention, I can still deal with work issues early in the morning and late in the afternoon after we return, so my work day isn’t completely wiped out.
It’s a chance to regroup, refresh and relax. To remind myself that life can change in an instant and there is something other than my work. I find at this stage of my life, I need to take a *time out* now more than ever. It’s not an issue of getting older, but my life is getting crazier and I find I need to work *smarter.*
This is my solution.
How do you handle the frustration of waiting for someone to contact YOU?