Finally, I am posting the Challenge thread! 168 Hours is the subject of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project blog post today (head over there to read about my magazine addiction). I have been feeling a bit out of sorts this AM, partly because I am hashing out the title and angle for my next book. While this is exciting, it is hard to judge whether an hour spent doing this is “productive.” It feels more like “banging my head against the wall.” Anyway, congrats to Sam, who was the winner of yesterday’s drawing (Melanie, the winner of the previous day’s drawing, already had a copy, so it went back into the pot). Please keep me posted on your time logs, and anything you are learning from this exercise.
5:55 AM – Yes, that is what the clock said when the baby started hollering this morning.
5:55-6:20 – feed baby in bed in dark in hopes he will go back to sleep. Nope.
6:20-8:10 – full on kid-dom.
8:10-8:40 – short run. Nice day for it, but not too much energy, and had to cut it short due to Jasper’s mandated 9AM school start. Need to re-think how to pull that off.
8:40-9 – bring J to school
9am – 1pm – banging head against wall (see above). Actually, this can be broken into chunks of re-posting the Happiness Project interview different places, sending blogger names over to The Motherhood for a potential time management live chat, posting about a board game called IQ Fun Park over at Gifted Exchange (my education blog), with brief breaks for showering, feeding the baby, and making a snack. In between these things, however, I was brainstorming book angles, sometimes while checking Facebook and Twitter (never know when an idea will pop up there!) and reading Bobos in Paradise.
1pm-2pm – go for walk, grab lunch at Subway. I’m going to call this work time, however, as I was thinking about book angles the whole time.
2pm-3:10 – work, blog, etc.
3:10-3:30 – fall asleep. Seriously.
3:30-4 – feed baby, play with baby
4-5 – work on book positioning
5-5:20 Listen online to Job Talk Radio, before realizing I am supposed to be calling in, not waiting for their call.
5:20-5:35 Radio interview, Job Talk Radio
5:35-6 – wrapping up workday with emails on book positioning, etc. Supposed to be going to building party tonight but it is raining like mad, so unsure if that is still on.
6-6:45 – play with kids, get them dinner
6:45-7:30 – go to building end-of-summer party. Unfortunately, since it’s raining, they hold this on indoor pool deck. Herding 3-year-old and baby around in crowded space with open pool is nerve-wracking. We stay just long enough for me to grab food and them to get balloon dogs from the clown (who both scares and fascinates Jasper)
7:30-8 – putting Sam to bed, bottle, try to muster will to let him cry it out
8-8:20 – go back in to soothe him
8:20-9 hang out with Jasper, lie down on bed for a bit
9-9:30 on and off conversation with Michael, bad phone connection
9:30-9:45 – get Jasper down, read Jungle Drums and Babar
9:45 – finishing up this blog, will try to be in bed by 10pm.
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