Word Of The Week – Re-evaluate

I’m going to be taking part in a new linky that Jocelyn from The Reading Residence hosts every week, I’ve been looking for a way to write a post that would summarise my week and I thought taking part would give me the motivation I needed to share, this weeks word is re-evaluate.


Re-evaluate: to consider or examine something again in order to make changes or to form a new opinion about it.

I have a terrible tendency to take on much more than I can handle, whether it be a work commitment, a project or something personal I carry on at 100% productivity until I totally crash and burn, I’ve spoken before about how I find it impossible to find any middle ground in anything I do which lately is taking it’s toll on my mental and physical health.

I started the week with a ‘can do’ attitude which lasted until the afternoon when I started to feel absolutely dreadful, I was coming down with yet another cold and sore throat, I had a to do list as long as my arm for work commitments I had taken on but dreaded doing and the children were demanding my attention when all I wanted to was bury my head in my pillow and go to sleep.

I could feel myself slipping down a very well known slippery slope into a total burn out that would probably last about a week which would be closely followed by anxiety, self doubt and feelings of total failure but I decided I didn’t want that to happen, I knew what I had to do and that was to re-evaluate everything.

I spoke to FrugalMrW about how I was feeling and he suggested I take a few days or as long as I needed away from everything that I thought had to be done, he also said that he thought that as much as I didn’t want to I really needed to fulfil the commitments I had already made and I knew he was right.

I took the rest of the week to sit and re-evaluate all the things that just weren’t working for me and our family , I had to be honest with myself about what I am capable of at the moment, admit that I have limits and most importantly to recognise what is important and what isn’t.

I’ve already implemented some changes in several areas and I’m feeling so much better, there is still a long way to go and I’m going to have to be really strict with myself so I don’t keep ending up overwhelmed and burning out, it’s a learning curve like anything else in life.

Angela xx

The Reading Residence


10 thoughts on “Word Of The Week – Re-evaluate

  1. Great word to choose and so important to do this. I think we’d all benefit from stepping back and doing this regularly, though I know speaking for myself, I rarely do. Glad it’s helped you and you’ve a clearer picture now to go forward with. Thanks very much for joining in with #WotW, lovely to have you 🙂

  2. I recognise this all too well as I also have a tendency to do too much, crash and burn. I am also having a horrendous week and have a mammoth task in front of me. I am so glad to managed to take some time out. We are just not that good at doing it as much as we should xx

  3. So good that you recognised this in yourself and have managed to talk about things and try to give yourself some time. Hope you’ve had success in sorting things out X

  4. I can totally relate to this! I am a girl who doesnt know how to say no before and this landed me in a lot of trouble! Its so nice that you gave yourself some time to recover and hopefully you can finish all your commitments! #wotw

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