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



  1. RachelSwirl
    May 21st 2016 / 4:56 PM

    I re evaluate all the time but I just need to find balance.

    • May 23rd 2016 / 7:04 PM

      Finding balance isn’t easy is it, I find that really hard too.

  2. Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)
    May 21st 2016 / 6:19 PM

    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 🙂

    • May 23rd 2016 / 7:05 PM

      Thanks Jocelyn looking forward to linking up each week.

  3. Amanda
    May 21st 2016 / 6:46 PM

    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

  4. May 22nd 2016 / 4:17 PM

    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

    • May 23rd 2016 / 7:06 PM

      Thanks Hannah, I’ve made some decisions and feel lots better already x

  5. Merlinda Little
    May 22nd 2016 / 9:05 PM

    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

    • May 23rd 2016 / 7:07 PM

      Saying no and admitting your limits is tough sometimes isn’t it.

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