Last week in our conference one speaker told about a journey he was on. His stress level had reached the limits. He couldn’t sleep for days. He taught school during the day, worked on his masters, and wrote a series of books at night. A body can only take so much before it starts to deteriorate. I could see mine headed in that direction.
When eight o’clock came I was sitting at the computer. The meals I prepared were quick, and some I didn’t even prepare. We were eating fast food a lot, and that is not healthy. My weight was increasing, even though I thought I was eating healthy. Something had to change. My hours on the computer were sometimes thirteen with only a few breaks, and some days even more. Something had to change. When Patrick Carr told us of his journey, I knew then and there I had to do something or I wouldn’t last very long.
Our plan at the beginning was to be here for our authors, but not to be taken advantage. Not many would email at odd hours, but some did. In addition to the work load, I’m losing more eyesight. That is not good. I thought the stress from the computer was hurting my eyes. I knew I had to do something. I knew I had to slow down. I’m not a spring chicken, and this chick wouldn’t last long at the rate I was going.
We have made some changes. I have set office hours, and I intend to stick to them. So far this week I have. I want to continue to stick to my schedule. I need time to do my own writing, do family things, and be able to do some things at church that I hadn’t been able to do before. This is all very important to me. If I don’t get everything done today, I’ll do it tomorrow. So far I’ve accomplished almost everything I planned. I’m beginning to feel relaxed when I get up in the mornings, and I’m not worrying about every detail I didn’t do. It’s working so far.
Thanks to those who have said, “I know it’s early, but I have this on my mind. When you come in the office, let me know the answer.” That makes me feel so much better. As time goes on we’ll get it all worked out and everyone will feel comfortable with my new schedule.