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Jun 17

When my routine is out…….

Its Day 17 of 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge and I came up with this topic when I spent half the day thinking it was Friday.  Fortunately I’m only one day out, it is Thursday.

Maybe I was off track because of the holiday Monday, although I expect that would have made me think it was Wednesday instead.

More likely it is that I am still adjusting to working full time and trying to find my new routine, to match my new work schedule.

And being out of routine is really knocking me around. I am getting home at dinner time and being really tired whilst organising dinner. Then I wake up again until much later and collapse into bed – but at least I’m ready to sleep.

And that’s apart from regularly forgetting which day it is. When I worked part-time it was much easier to tell the days apart, because of the greater variance in what I did.  There were work days and there were home/other business days. Now there are mainly work days, which sometimes feel like they are running one into the other.

I remember when I first started working as a librarian all those decades ago, it took me four weeks to settle into my new routine. I am all those decades older and its already been four weeks, so accounting for older age and more adjustments with family etc, I reckon I’ll need a few more weeks before I am ‘in the groove’.

It would give me some encouragement if you could share how your changed routines affected you and how long it took you to adapt. I know I’m not alone in this sort of experience, but its nice to see real life examples of that.

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  1. @geomancer

    I must admit when I read your recent post about how organised you are I was green with envy. Your day 17 post is more me. I went back to work after an 18mth break 20yrs ago) when mr21 was a baby. I worked about 10hpw with 3 babies at home with dad..5yrs on I took pt work 17.5hpw & I have to say – something has gotta give. My house was always beautiful, thoroughly cleaned daily – but you can’t stay sane, work & keep up the same pace.
    Working pt, and eventually ft, I took all the assistance I could -I had a cleaner for 10 years, she retired about 18mths ago, so I’m doing it myself again-as I’m an empty nester nearly. Upon reflection I would say be kind to yourself, prioritise, don’t stress to much if you can’t keep up the usual routines when you work ft & have a family

  2. Michelle McLean

    Thanks for that, I really appreciate it. And I have a cleaner coming in now and I love her! Best thing I have done on the domestic front.

  3. Ruth Baxter

    Or you can get a robot vacumn cleaner like me!

  4. Michelle McLean

    Good idea, but don’t know how the cats and dog would cope with the stranger in the house. 🙂

  5. ghylene

    firstly thanks Michelle for posting this up. I often feel just as overwhelmed as you do.
    Secondly, thanks @geomancer for her comments – I’m at that stage where I’m working half time and looking after two pre-school aged kids. It’s nice to hear others who go or have gone through the difficult times and soldier and are not afraid to ask for help!

  6. Michelle McLean

    And thanks for commenting – it does help to know you’re not the only one dealing with these things.

  7. Penny

    I think it takes me at least 6 weeks before I feel like I’m in the groove when I start a new position, and about 3-6 months before I feel like it’s not a “new” position anymore.

    I really would love to hire a cleaner but half my wage goes on childcare these days. Maybe when Miss 3 starts school it might be possible. In the meantime my weekends and evenings are spent cooking, cleaning up, kid wrangling, housework and making lunches. My house is never clean and tidy.

    Online grocery shopping is my saviour some weeks. My mum is a saint and occasionally does a load of washing and hangs it out for me when she picks up Mr6.

  8. Clare

    Michelle I’m back in full time work this year for the first time in 18 years. I noticed yesterday that it has been 4 months since I started this job and in some ways I still don’t feel used to the full time thing. I’m not genetically programmed to do housework anyway, so the keeping up with that doesn’t bother me as much as the exhaustion by Friday, the ‘can’t be bothered-ness’ about cooking dinner, dealing with kids homework and after school activities (and I’m a single parent so I can’t share that). It obviously has had an effect on the (teenage) kids too, as they have all gone to live with their dad in the past month – his new wife only works part time, which is what they have been used to for so many years. There is no easy way – as @geomancer said, something always has to give. Thanks for your honesty in posting 🙂

  9. Michelle McLean

    My kids are both at school, so I have that advantage, but I will have to try the online shopping thing. Thanks for your perspective, it helps.

  10. Michelle McLean

    And thanks for yours too. It helps.

  11. Gemma

    Great post. Housework what is that? Also I never iron… I definitely struggle and the house looks like a bomb has hit it by Friday night! Dishes a mile high. A few deep breathes and a quick hour or so of cleaning gets it looking half decent. Plus, I suppose I am the last minute girl who is still cleaning when the guests pull up outside! You can’t do it all…

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