Welcome back, challengers! I’m starting the Day 2 thread here. I’ve heard from many people via email who are doing this but don’t wish to post logs, plus people at Facebook, et al. How did the first day go? What did you learn? Any complications? A big one for many people is calling a whole half hour something in particular. I have this problem too, which is why I track in a notebook. But that can also be a lesson — sometimes it is good, in our distracted world, to focus on something for at least 30 minutes.
I always learn something by doing this exercise. In particular, I’m learning that my energy wanes in the afternoon, and it’s easy to let hours go by checking social media, email, etc. Yesterday I turned off all such programs, and forced myself to keep working on the novel for 2 1-hour stretches. That was great to feel I’d accomplished something. Please post your thoughts about how it’s going!
6:30 – wake up
6:30-6:50 – feed baby
6:50-7 cuddle with both kids in bed for a while
7-7:15 – catch up on overnight Challenge emails. Kids are playing together quietly. Hmmm…..
7:15-8 – the quiet playing does not last long (“Sammy, NO!” “I don’t want Sammy!” “Mommy!”) Hang out with children doing breakfast, etc.
8-8:45 – hand over children, out the door for a run. Fast.
8:45-9:05 – make it back in time to walk J to school. Now that he is in “serious” preschool he has to be there at 9am.
9:05-9:10 – get coffee going, pour cereal
9:10- 10 – at desk, figuring out who is actually entered in challenge drawing for yesterday (people entering via email, FB, Twitter, this blog, their own blogs, etc. Phew). Winner is Nancy R.! Send new emails about possible article.
10-10:30 – conversation with agent. Looks like I may now have a new book deal. Stay tuned for more. As this is one of my major goals for the year, I am pondering taking the rest of the day off 😉
10:30-11 – Twitter? Facebook? who knows
11:15 – 11:40 feed baby while reading Siblings Without Rivalry
11:40-1pm Find more emails from the 40,000+ in my inbox of people who wrote me about 168 Hours so I can tell them the book is out (whoops. Marketing = not core competency).
1:00-2:00 Participated in chat over at TheMotherhood on the state of the blogosphere.
2-3 – emails, got a radio request, testing newsletters, etc.
3-3:20 – interview with Our Sunday Visitor about 168 Hours
3:20 – reading about who is mentioning 168 Hours. Lots of fun places including Chrysula Winegar at WLB Consultants, and more about it at The Happiest Mom (Meagan Francis) Plus lots of folks keeping #168Hours Challenges logs at their own blogs. Keep it up!
3:50-4:10 feed baby while reading
4:10-5:45 – go get coffee at “my” Starbucks with friend who is starting program for Appalachian gifted kids, discussing potential structure for program
5:45-6 Dinosaurs/robots with kids before go to choir practice…
6:05-6:30 travel to choir
6:30-7 Eat Teriyaki Boy platter before rehearsal while catching up with people and choir business
7-9:30 choir rehearsal
9:30-10 assist new choir president in organizational meeting
10-10:20 travel home. Now waiting for little brother to show up (he’s crashing on our couch tonight). He is out partying with friends, apparently unaware that my children will wake him up at dawn!
10:20-11:20 Wait for brother. Check Twitter. Respond to #168Hours tweets. Can’t say this is an incredibly productive time. I do have a glass of wine and a piece of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate-covered caramels (on my list of 100 dreams to have a stash of those)
11:20 – midnight Talk with little brother, then crash at midnight.
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