For the past four years I have worked 20 hours per week, 10 months a year at a private school where I worked full-time for 16 years. That means that our awards ceremony last week I got a mention for working there 20 years. I find great joy working! I have the best of all worlds at this point in my life. Many people think I’m crazy to continue working at my age, but those who know me best know that I would probably go bonkers without that structure and without the community the work place provides. Also, growing up in a poor family (and no, I didn’t have to walk miles to school in the snow), I started working really young because I liked having money. So, I love to work but receiving the monetary reward twice a month is also very gratifying, even though my current paycheck is very modest.
I also enjoy volunteering time in my community so I keep as busy as I want to be. I do not tend to over-schedule myself at this time in my life, and I rarely become extremely anxious because I have too much to do. It helps, I suppose, that I am a single woman, and can make choices independent of a significant other. And my kids are all grown. I am extremely blessed, after some major health scares, to be healthy at this time, as far as I know. (Almost nothing else counts than this actually.)
At Meri’s Musings today she challenges her readers to Share the Joy Thursday: Find it Everywhere. I realized that my job as a part-time archivist brings me so much pleasure. But, I LOVE having the eight weeks off which begins on June 27.
Herein lies the challenge. I have a time management problem in my home setting. I have many, many interests and I make a list each year about this time for my summer goals and objectives. They include vacations, of course, art and reading time, family and friend time, activities time, writing and Internet time. I am not bored, I’m simply a really lousy time manager of my personal time. I need a tangible boss to please, I think.
I need to find as much joy at home being my own boss as I do in the workplace, and I really need structure to do that. God knows how many marketing and action plans I’ve written for the work place, but I’ve never done it for home. I think the time has come. I ran across Thirteen Timely Tips for More Effective Personal Time Management and I’ve printed that out. I have a stored three-panel presentation board that I think I’ll drag out so I can start to lay out a summer as filled with joy as my work place is filled with.
I've asked for some guidance from several of my spiritual mentors, but it's my long-time personal guide, Amaria, who signed my certificate. I need to be the boss of me at home, but I'll take all the help I can get.