In gluten free bites that is. My "Month of Gluten" or my "gluten gluttony" as Flossy-p put it (I wish I'd thought of that!), did indeed turn out to be my last. Tests revealed that I am in fact coeliac so until they find a cure, that's the end of gluten for me. It's funny though, after sulking for a day after getting the diagnosis, I feel alright about it. It's something that's made me feel ill since my early teens and much worse in the last few years so it's a relief to find out that I now can have a lot of control over how I feel.
But I digress.
I've started making some changes to the way I work at home and it's making a huge difference.
I haven't really talked about it, but a little while ago, we took a huge leap of faith. With some savings still left in the bank to fall back on, The Man has become the stay-at-home dad and I, the breadwinner. We've decided to really try to make a go of Kimono Reincarnate and to build it to support a family of three. It's terribly exciting and awfully terrifying at the same time. I feel honoured that my husband has put that much faith in me, but feel pressured to be the financial caretaker of the two people I love the most.
So now, I work from home with The Man and the little one here to keep me company and to serve as a sometimes welcome, sometimes not-so welcome distractions. Working at home can be great and is most of the time, but I'm finding that I need more structure in my day and in my week. And that's where the bite-sized bits from the title comes from.
I've always had a to-do list beside me and I must say it's long, so very long. For quite a while, I've had it organised in just two lists, the urgent and less urgent. Everyday I'd plod my way through it, possibly completing a few of the huge tasks. At the end of the day rather than feeling the sense of accomplishment in what I had achieved, I'd view the rest of the list and think of all that I didn't. Well no more. It's something so simple that I don't know why I haven't always been doing it, but now everyday, I look at the two lists and create a third. One simply for that day. One that I can get done and if it has been a little ambitious or other things have come up, there's only one or two that I miss. Only one or two feels so much better than the nearly thirty that it used to be.
So now in the mornings I get up, have a healthy and yummy breakfast cooked by The Man, shower, get dressed and start my work day. I have lunch and dinner with my loved ones and a few short pop-ins during the day. I'm here if serious cuddles are needed and get to peek in to find out what all the giggling is about. I try to get computery-adminy things done in the morning and get onto the business of making stuff in the afternoon and evening. The hours are still long but you know what, I think with just a little hard work... maybe I can make this happen!
How about you? Do you work from home? Any tips you'd like to share? Experiences?