We made it through! This morning my inbox is filling up with completed time logs. Having recorded our 168 hours, it’s time to reflect on them.
I went through this morning and calculated a few totals. Last week I worked 45:30 hours. To hit that, I did some work every single day, and had my husband take the kids for many hours on the weekend, worked into the evenings, etc.
I’ve been pondering why it is so hard for me to log many work hours, even when I seem to be working all the time. Part of this is the sheer volume of kid care I’m doing. I’m still nursing, so there are breaks for that. I sometimes take time to walk J to school, plus my nanny had the day off on Friday, so that kept the total time available for work down. In the evenings, I start working and then a kid gets up. Plus, many nights J didn’t go down until 10. I just can’t work much after that, since S wakes up around 6.
Indeed, it turned out I really do have a full-time mommy job in addition to my full-time regular job. I spent 42:35 pretty actively with the kids.
I spent 12:30 on “pure” leisure (that is, chosen activities like volunteering, going to a show, going for a run) but I had many more hours of eating with my husband, reading before bed, showering, puttering, etc. And some of those kid hours could be leisure (the beach felt pretty leisurely).
Did I spend “enough” hours on different things? I did get close to 8 hours of sleep most nights. Even the night when I woke up at 3:45AM with the baby, I made up some of the time. I am trying to figure out how I can get more uninterrupted work hours, but the 45 hours I did work were enough to pitch and write a USA Today column, write two HuffPo columns (getting back going there after a 2-year hiatus), write a City Journal essay that’s due later this summer, run the 168 Hours Challenge, go to 3 events where I met interesting folks professionally, do 2 recorded radio/podcast interviews, pitch the book various places, etc. If I had more time, I would have done more speculative work such as writing fiction. Maybe. Or I would have checked email more — as I always say, if something is a priority, we find time to do it in the hours we have.
With the kids, those 42+ hours were enough to take several trips to the playground, get in some solo Jasper time (which I had to make time for, since the baby is needier right now), a beach trip, and lots of time playing dinosaurs on the floor. We did not watch much TV. I ran 21.5 miles. I met with the new president and treasurer for my choir and got the finances squared away.And I got to see Sleeping Beauty, the ballet, which was an exquisite way to spend my night “off.”
All in all it was a pretty good week. I’d love to hear what other people discovered. Feel free to weigh in here or on the Facebook page, or email me your thoughts if you’d like them to be more private.
And here’s a request for the 168 Hours Challengers. If you found it interesting to think about your time, please buy a copy of 168 Hours! You can visit various online retailers here. Or go to your local book store. And please tell your friends about the book as well. Word-of-mouth is what sells books these days, so I really need your help.
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