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My thoughts this week are very much about slowing down. Although it may seem productive to try and get lots of stuff done, quickly, I find that the faster I go the more errors I make.

I’ve been very busy for the last 6 months. There are various reasons why, and all are very important reasons.

However Saturday taught me a lesson. I *thought* I’d made a mistake. You can read all about it here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Now, this imagined mistake was amplified by the fact in the Summer I had genuinely got a holiday booking wrong. We turned up a day late. Accidentally. So, immediately when I could not find a booking confirmation for our imminent trip – I doubted myself.

Now, one or two small errors aren’t the end of the world. But when you start making them daily then it’s time to slow down.

I made another mistake this week. I didn’t realise Kristen had posted her Food Waste Friday post a few days late. I missed it. And I hate missing things. Really I do. It’s my ‘thing’ not missing things.

It always reminds me of the start of Homeland when Saul says ‘We all missed something that day’ and Carrie replies ‘Everyone’s not me’. Without sounding arrogant (which it probably does) I don’t mind anyone else missing things – its human nature- but I am devastated when I miss something. I expect more of myself.

The busyness will continue for a few more days, then it’s time to slow down.

Christmas may be coming (and the goose may be getting fat) but I’d already planned for a much more stripped back Christmas this year. And I’ll be posting about it next Monday. Christmas conversations start here after Remembrance Sunday.

Over to you – talk about whatever you like, drop links in, give a shout out to others.

Anything goes!

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  • Claire November 6, 2014, 2:34 pm

    It’s co-incidental you should talk about slowing down today. I have been working three jobs for the last month (back to two now) and today is a much looked forward to day off. I woke up at about 7.30, rolled over and went back to sleep, next thing I know it’s half eleven!! That productive part of me was all ‘You’ve wasted half the day, it’s nearly lunch time, shift your butt!’ but then the other part of me was ‘You were obviously tired, you needed the sleep, and what are days off for?’. So I got up leisurely, had tea and porridge in my pjs, a long hot shower and a mocha. Now it’s half two, I’ve taken my glass to the recycling (love smashing it through the holes in the bottle bank!), taken a bag of stuff to the charity shop and picked up some food shopping. I’ve read another couple of chapter of my book and watched a couple of episodes of Friends (I’m working my way through all 10 series, now on 8) and am thinking about a late lunch. Yes the boxes of scrapbooks still need going through, yes I still need to hoover and pay the tax man and many other day to day tasks but this is MY day off and I will spend it doing things that fit my energy levels and my I fancy getting that done now list!! There will be no ‘I should have done thats!’

    http://lessismoreihope.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/lately-nov-5th.html

    • writerdsnelson November 6, 2014, 3:49 pm

      I hate that feeling. You know you need the rest but you can’t stand wasting half the day. Sounds like you had a great day! I might have to try a pyjamas and tea morning myself.

    • Simply Being Mum November 7, 2014, 8:59 am

      I’m a ‘sleep’ fan without a doubt. I probably sleep more than a lot of people. If you need sleep you should take it, I’ve heard that it’s hard to catch up on sleep once lost! Sounds like despite a lie in you had a very productive day. And as for there being stuff left to do – there’s always stuff left to do! 🙂 Have a fab weekend, and stock up on some ZZZZZZZZ

  • Claire November 6, 2014, 2:34 pm

    It’s co-incidental you should talk about slowing down today. I have been working three jobs for the last month (back to two now) and today is a much looked forward to day off. I woke up at about 7.30, rolled over and went back to sleep, next thing I know it’s half eleven!! That productive part of me was all ‘You’ve wasted half the day, it’s nearly lunch time, shift your butt!’ but then the other part of me was ‘You were obviously tired, you needed the sleep, and what are days off for?’. So I got up leisurely, had tea and porridge in my pjs, a long hot shower and a mocha. Now it’s half two, I’ve taken my glass to the recycling (love smashing it through the holes in the bottle bank!), taken a bag of stuff to the charity shop and picked up some food shopping. I’ve read another couple of chapter of my book and watched a couple of episodes of Friends (I’m working my way through all 10 series, now on 8) and am thinking about a late lunch. Yes the boxes of scrapbooks still need going through, yes I still need to hoover and pay the tax man and many other day to day tasks but this is MY day off and I will spend it doing things that fit my energy levels and my I fancy getting that done now list!! There will be no ‘I should have done thats!’

    http://lessismoreihope.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/lately-nov-5th.html

    • writerdsnelson November 6, 2014, 3:49 pm

      I hate that feeling. You know you need the rest but you can’t stand wasting half the day. Sounds like you had a great day! I might have to try a pyjamas and tea morning myself.

    • Simply Being Mum November 7, 2014, 8:59 am

      I’m a ‘sleep’ fan without a doubt. I probably sleep more than a lot of people. If you need sleep you should take it, I’ve heard that it’s hard to catch up on sleep once lost! Sounds like despite a lie in you had a very productive day. And as for there being stuff left to do – there’s always stuff left to do! 🙂 Have a fab weekend, and stock up on some ZZZZZZZZ

  • writerdsnelson November 6, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I can definitely empathise. At 35 and a half weeks pregnant I’m starting to panic I won’t get everything done. Don’t get me wrong, everything for little Bean is pretty much ready. Well, the sink in her room’s not fitted and the cot bed arrives on Monday, but these are things that she won’t need for a bit. No, the things I’m stressing about are getting the first draft of a novel I want to get finished done before she’s here, writing all the blog posts that are piling up in my mind, getting my last over printed, selling them at a craft fair in November when I’ll be 38 weeks pregnant (I know what am I doing), and sorting out a new range on greetings cards on my website . A combination of hormones, losing my mum three months ago and putting too much pressure on myself means, ‘I hear you sister’ I need to slow down! Thanks for this post. I think we definitely need to be kinder to ourselves. It’s something us creative people do, we try and do far too much at once. It’s OK to have more things to do than you can do but it’s not OK to put unrealistic pressure on yourself.

    Anyway that’s my gripe! I’m off to slow down 😉

    • Simply Being Mum November 7, 2014, 9:02 am

      I remember that feeling well, having such a deadline. In fact with my 2nd we moved into a new house at 36 weeks pregnant.
      So sorry to hear about your Mum – truly. It’s so hard. I know.
      Take care of yourself! And try to remember to slow down. You sound busy for the next few weeks and I appreciate you need to get things done, but remember sleep may be lacking after Bean arrives! Enjoy your weekend!

  • writerdsnelson November 6, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I can definitely empathise. At 35 and a half weeks pregnant I’m starting to panic I won’t get everything done. Don’t get me wrong, everything for little Bean is pretty much ready. Well, the sink in her room’s not fitted and the cot bed arrives on Monday, but these are things that she won’t need for a bit. No, the things I’m stressing about are getting the first draft of a novel I want to get finished done before she’s here, writing all the blog posts that are piling up in my mind, getting my last over printed, selling them at a craft fair in November when I’ll be 38 weeks pregnant (I know what am I doing), and sorting out a new range on greetings cards on my website . A combination of hormones, losing my mum three months ago and putting too much pressure on myself means, ‘I hear you sister’ I need to slow down! Thanks for this post. I think we definitely need to be kinder to ourselves. It’s something us creative people do, we try and do far too much at once. It’s OK to have more things to do than you can do but it’s not OK to put unrealistic pressure on yourself.

    Anyway that’s my gripe! I’m off to slow down 😉

    • Simply Being Mum November 7, 2014, 9:02 am

      I remember that feeling well, having such a deadline. In fact with my 2nd we moved into a new house at 36 weeks pregnant.
      So sorry to hear about your Mum – truly. It’s so hard. I know.
      Take care of yourself! And try to remember to slow down. You sound busy for the next few weeks and I appreciate you need to get things done, but remember sleep may be lacking after Bean arrives! Enjoy your weekend!

  • Jo H. November 9, 2014, 5:50 pm

    Late to the party again, because – what else? – it was such a busy week for me, the final stages of getting ready to sell at a craft fair. I don’t think I’ve ever felt I had an excess of time except for about one year, in between graduating from university and meeting my future husband. I can remember reading dozens of books that year and crafting for hours every evening. Sometimes I want to warn people who seem bored – be careful what you wish for. Once the “life train” leaves the station, it doesn’t seem to slow down for a very, very long time!

  • Jo H. November 9, 2014, 5:50 pm

    Late to the party again, because – what else? – it was such a busy week for me, the final stages of getting ready to sell at a craft fair. I don’t think I’ve ever felt I had an excess of time except for about one year, in between graduating from university and meeting my future husband. I can remember reading dozens of books that year and crafting for hours every evening. Sometimes I want to warn people who seem bored – be careful what you wish for. Once the “life train” leaves the station, it doesn’t seem to slow down for a very, very long time!

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