Janie's Friday Feature
Welcome to this week's Friday Feature Newsletter - the Janie Crow equivalent of a Sunday supplement magazine....
As always I cannot believe just how fast the last week has flown by - the older I get the quicker my time seems to go - it can be a bit scary at times!
This week Sarah and I have been looking at ways of putting healthy habits into practice or keeping in line with those you may have already created. As I have said many times before I found myself in a situation where I needed to reboot my habits and routine a year or so ago, when I felt that everything had got a little bit out of control and when my work in particular was taking over too large a chunk of my time. By working through some very simple exercises over the course of a few months I managed to rearrange my life a little to make room for the things I felt I was missing out on.
It is really easy to loose sight of your goals, be they personal or work related, and get caught up doing things you may no longer enjoy. I have a series of 'post it' notes on the wall in the studio that say things like 'Gym', 'Family', 'Delegate' and 'Prioritise' on them to help me stay in control. I have recently also started using a timer on my phone - I set it to go off at hourly intervals so that I can judge how much time things are taking me, as I do have a habit of spending too much time on small things that are not massively important and so leave too little time for all the other things that need to be done.
Last year one of the things I was really guilty of was filling my spare time with work - I think when you are self employed this is an easy thing to do, so over the past year I have tried to create some new pass times and hobbies. My sourdough bread making, for example, has become a good distraction and (although my waistline has possibly suffered a negative effect as a result) I feel the process of making the bread 3 or 4 times a week provides me with some really good therapy!
The other thing I have started to do again is walk and Sarah mentions the positive effects of walking within her piece further down. When I had my beloved dog I walked over the woods with her every day, but since loosing her 18 months or so ago the walking habit died too! Sarah has some tips for keeping up with healthy habits and has written a great piece for this week's newsletter, so do scroll down to take a look.
As usual this week's newsletter features both a palette and a tip of the week alongside a few other bits and bobs that I hope you will find of interest. As always, if you have anything you want to say to us, simply hit reply and send us an email.
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