I am so impressed by the number of people who are sticking with us (or who are at least checking in with me via email). And congrats to Sukeina, the winner of yesterday’s drawing! I know this is not a “typical” week for many people, but lots of weeks are atypical. Tracking our time helps us see overall patterns, and where we can tune things up. Today I’m asking people to think about this statement:
“I spend way too much time on ______.” (fill in the blank)
For me, I think email is probably the answer to this question (with some Facebook/Twitter, et al thrown in). In 168 Hours, I talk about trying to make the distinction between things that are “work” and “not really work.” The problem is that many of my emails and Facebook posts are in fact work related. But let’s not kid ourselves, many of them aren’t. We all need some downtime, but I should try to be more deliberate with my downtime.
For instance, this is the first time I’ve kept a log for a full week since having Sam, and I’m seeing just how much time I’m feeding him. I often try to check email during this time, but maybe I should consciously try to read some fiction, or even just gaze at my baby instead of scrolling on the iPhone yet again.
Feel free to post here or join us over at Facebook. (or tweet, #168Hours). My log:
3:45 – 5:15 — up with baby. Ugh.
5:15-7:30 — sleep (at least J didn’t pop up at 6!)
7:30- 7:50 – puttering, restarting computer, trying to nap
7:50-8:30 – hang out with kids, get them dressed
8:30-9 – walk J to school (with S, nanny has day off). Discuss potty training with teacher.
9-10 – working inefficiently while dealing with S
10-10:40 – give up on working, play with S, read books, get him down for nap
10:40-12:20 – Nap! I buckle down and try to crank through as much work as possible – set up webinar for next month, etc.
12:20 – nap over. That went fast.
12:20- 12:45 – get Sam’s lunch together, change him, get ready to go
12:45-1:45 – errands with Sam. Nothing urgent. Mostly an excuse for a walk on a nice day.
1:45-2 – email/web catch-up
2-2:30 – play with Sam
2:30 – 2:50 – try to feed him, he gets distracted
2:50-3:30 – outside, briefly to park
3:30-4 – snacks for both of us, get S down
4 – 4:50 – another naptime work session.
4:50-5:15 – hang out with Sam until M comes home with J
5:15-5:45 – general family merriment. M takes kids to playground
5:45-6:30 – run/walk. More to decompress than anything
6:30-7:10 – family time at playground, slowly make our way home
7:10-8 – I feed kids and play with them while M runs
8:00-8:25 – dinner (sushi) with M
8:25-8:45 – feed Sam, trying to get him down, unsuccessfully…
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