Friday, 16 March 2018

It's A Bit Of A Chuckles Crisis...Update!


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!
*hugs* 

19 comments:

  1. I’m glad you have a plan for your crisis. Hopefully you get your reading and blogging mojo back in full-force soon.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I certainly feel better than I did last weekend, that's for sure!

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  2. Yay for book collecting! You may not read them are but they will be there if you decide you want to. It sounds like you have a great plan that should help keep things fun.

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    1. That was my mistake, not realising I collect books. Once I knew I was doing that, it was easier to think 'so what if I have a ton of them!'

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  3. Yeah, stressing over the TBR is useless. We'll always be adding more. LOL And the book ban never lasts long for me. I end up just ordering all of them at once. LOL

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    1. It's taken me long enough to get my head round that but it's amazing how much better I feel about it now! And that one day off the blog is totally liberating!

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  4. Glad you have a plan! It can be stressful, the pressure we put on ourselves. I think taking a day off is a great idea. and you know I agree- sometimes just vegging out at night and watching TV just feels good, we don't ALWAYS have to be reading or blogging right??? :)

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    1. Right! I think I need to do most of my reading during the day instead of blogging all day, and sort out my time management to fit both in with comfort. Then I can watch films and dvd boxsets at night and get more of that done!

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  5. Sounds like a good plan you have, the TBR is what it is, and things could be worse - you could be addicted to some terrible drug instead of addicted to books. I will always 100% support a book habit, because books are joyful and not meant to be stressful. I think we do it to ourselves, because we know people like to have bookish conversations and we want to be part of those, whether on our own blogs or by chatting with others on their blogs. Do what you can. when you can, at the time you feel like doing it. I am trying that approach and so far, I am not stressing. As much, at least :)

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    1. I couldn't agree more! It has been silly to get so annoyed with myself over the book total. It's not like I have a partner nagging me about it or anything! I intend to enjoy my leisure activities more from now on!

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    2. Glad to hear that! Relax and enjoy!

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    3. Thanks Sarah! I think I'm going too relaxed and getting lazy!

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  6. Oh Chuckles, I'm so happy that you're feeling better. I know the stress that can come with blogging and reading and TBR-ing and it can just make you bummed out (as you can see, I am falling behind on kmy return commenting but I was finding I was stressing about doing them immediately). Good for you getting your groove back!

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    1. We always seem to find something to stress us out! I just hope my new stressless persona doesn't explode in book dust in a few weeks!

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  7. That sounds like a great plan. It's strange how much my blog stresses me out even though I love it so much. I'm just not capable of giving it the attention I would love to get it.

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    1. It drives me mad how stressed I let myself get over stuff that is meant to be fun!

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  8. Gal to gear you have a plan, sometimes it all can be a little stressful. Hopefully you can get back in the groove and enjoy it more. Have a great week ahead!

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  9. YESSS!!! YOU TELL THAT BEAST OF TBR LIKE IT IS!

    Who is the boss huh?? WHO??? [not me! but I hope it is you! :)]

    Kidding aside [that wa sjust to make you smile] I'm very happy you feel better and hae a plan!

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