Joscelyn Webb highlights how much more productive and patient we become, when rested.
‘I used to feel very guilty about taking time out for myself, but as my work and home life have become busier, I recognise how much more productive and patient I am when I am rested.’
Joscelyn Webb is in Leadership at the French International School and has been teaching in Hong Kong for thirteen years. She is the director of an education business supporting Foreign Domestic Helpers and is the solo parent to a donor conceived child.
How do you take time out for yourself?
I do this in many ways that I really enjoy such as a swim or a long walk along the harbour with an audiobook, then home for a candlelit bath with a glass of wine. Ideally followed by an early night with fresh sheets. Every few months I’ll take a half day and treat myself to a wonderful massage at the Mandarin Oriental Spa – the service and treatments there are second to none.
Do you regularly schedule time for yourself?
Absolutely. I have a busy life and I am a solo parent to an energetic and stubborn toddler so it’s important for me to take a little ‘me time’ to recuperate.
Do you find it hard to take time out for yourself? Why?
I used to feel very guilty about taking time out for myself, but as my work and home life have become busier, I recognise how much more productive and patient I am when I am rested. Thankfully, I am blessed with one of the world’s greatest helpers who supports and encourages me to take some ‘me time’.
Are you good at doing nothing?
I would say I look like I am good at doing nothing, I can sit with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and look still/calm, but my mind is always going at a million miles an hour. I am not good at doing nothing ‘inside my head’.
What do you wish you had more time for?
My son. Coronavirus has given me the opportunity to drop him at and collect him from school on a few occasions and I have loved it. His face when he sees me is priceless. I wish I could do it every day. That, and learning. I am learning French and the piano and I wish I had a little more time to dedicate to those things. Learning new skills makes me feel empowered and fulfilled.