Last year, I went from working part time, to full time. I adore my job and have had an array of amazing opportunities as a result of taking on a more senior role.
It is however, massively ‘full on’ (demanding) so I have less time/energy all round and this has seen a big knock on effect across every area of my life. I’m not moaning at all, just setting the scene, I promise.
I’ve noticed a HUGE change in my attitude towards money as the amount of free-time I had dwindled. As a result of working crazy hours, I don’t have time to prepare lunches for the day ahead which means I’m ploughing my cash into the work canteen! Then after work, I have been known to stop in and grab fast food as I am too exhausted to cook from scratch with my laptop staring at me.
I’m also finding I am guilty of over compensating on treats for my son, as my time with him is less now too.
I am writing this as a push to get myself back on the savvy path and also to speak to any of you in a similar boat! I have also recently implemented some small actions that will see me back on a more even keel soon:
1) I have been forcing myself to get up half an hour earlier to prep food for the day. This means no trip to the expensive work canteen and I’m not sleep deprived either.
2) Using my slow cooker more. On my early start, I throw the ingredients into the slow cooker and when I arrive home, I dish it up for me and my son. Savvy, clean and ready when I need it. Check out my ‘Slow cooking for busy bitches’ to see the meals I make.
3) Switch off in the evening and give the time (not ‘stuff’) to my son. This is by far the one that makes me happiest and means no more guilt buying.
4) Be organised, prepared and mindful of what’s important.
How do you stay on track when leading a busy life?