Thank you to everyone who posted a message of support or advice on my Crisis post. Hearing that a lot of you were going through the same things or had experienced those issues in the past really helped me to put things in perspective. This week I've taken some time to think about my blogging and reading and basically get my head together about a way forward. Thank you all for helping me with this!
I think I've realised that on the blogging side of things, I'm happy with my blog content. I still intend to do my three meme style posts-Weekend, TTT, CWW, along with my regular posts Around the Blogs and Game of Thrones gossip each week. I'll keep doing things like Chuckles Goes Sampling, Prepping With Chuckles and Chuckles Chat but as they are more complex and time consuming, I'll fit them in as time allows rather than to a set schedule. If I have time each week I'll do them, if not they can wait until I can slot them in! I'll do reviews on books and films as they occur with no set pattern. I do still intend to keep following everyone as normal and will visit as often as I can during the week. The one change is that I will be taking Saturday off each week to relax and moving my weekend post to Fridays instead. So not much will change but I'll be more chilled about doing it! I do intend to improve my time management all round to make things a bit easier. Ironing is at the bottom of said list...
The reading side of things was a different story as this was where the real stress was so I had to do some thinking about it. I didn't come up with anything earth shattering just learning through your experiences that stressing over TBR numbers is silly and counter-productive and that I'm the only person putting the pressure on myself. And that IS silly!
This week I deliberatly lounged about at night watching Coronation Street re-runs and Masterchef's new series, not even thinking about books. I actually enjoyed my TV time for a change instead of stressing about 'I should be reading!' And you know what? Yesterday when I got up in the morning, I picked up a non fiction book at random and started reading for the best part of two hours and the same this morning. It kind of feels like a major breakthrough! I didn't have to read but I wanted to. I CAN do everything in one day when I'm not stressing myself over it! I think I've just been too tired at night to read which added to the stress but doing nothing in front of the TV felt more relaxing. I'm also more alert in the morning so maybe that's a better time to read, though I'm not setting that in stone.
Excuse the wording but I need to tell the TBR to bugger itself! This is the biggest form of stress that I have. I've been kidding myself over the true number of books I have on the TBR anyway by about a hundred more books so I'm going to add them on over the next week or two and then bloody well ignore it. No more whinging on your blogs about the numbers, no more shame update on my weekly roundup about it to remind me I'm failing in some way, no more obsessing over it. It's there and it ain't going down anytime soon so get used to it. I'm a book collector so lets call it what it is and deal with it. *sticks two fingers up to the TBR and waggles them enthusiastically*
No book bans either-there's no point! I never stick to them! I do want to focus more on samples to naturally reduce what I buy on the hoof as a money saving exercise but I'll still buy the ones I really want. Like you guys say, it's not a habit that is harming anyone. I'm already feeling a bit more positive that I can move on from this stressed out stupidity and get to the most important thing-enjoying my leisure time whatever I'm doing with it.
Thank you all for helping me do that!