I have been noticing a few habits as I’m logging my time this week. Whenever I stop a project, I check email for about 10 minutes. I also do this whenever I return to my desk. I experience a gap between intention and action; after realizing I needed to go to Kinko’s, for instance, it took a while to actually walk out the door. Perhaps a topic to explore in a later post! It has been another day of flitting between things, but I’m hoping later this week to start focusing a bit more on my manuscript draft.
6:50 – 7 – awake. Try to snuggle on couch with the kids, but Darwinian struggle for my lap ensues, with my little bear cubs each trying to push the other out.
7-7:20 – get kids breakfast, eat mine, read headlines in WSJ
7:20-7:50 -play trains with boys, building a two-level bridge in their bedroom.
7:50-8 – clean up massive diaper explosion. Wow.
8-8:45 – hand over (cleaned up) kids, start work. Mostly setting up interviews.
8:45-9:10 – make self presentable, walk J to pre-school.
9:10-9:30 – write proposal, finding sources for Fortune piece
9:30-9:50 – interview for City Journal parks piece
9:50-11:00 – revise parks article (4000 words). This was my morning concentrated work for today.
11-11:30 – emails, write notes for Friday panel at Princeton reunions
11:30-11:45 – interview source for Fortune piece
11:50-12:30 – emails, lunch (southwest chicken salad from FreshDirect), share today’s BNET post, Twitter, etc.
12:30-12:40 – organize documents for choir (YNYC), realize I will need to make copies
12:40-12:50 – bills/checks
12:50-1:10 – review YNYC music, practice for concert
1:10-1:40 – run errand to Kinko’s – nice to get fresh air!
1:40-2:10 – cut 100 words from USA Today column, turn in
2:15-3 – run outside. Muggy, 80 degrees – not an easy run
3-3:15 – book move with building for late June
3:15-4:30 – talk with Michael by phone, emails, write invoice, other administrative stuff, start blogging.
4:30-4:45 – shower, dress for real
4:45-5:30 – paperback launch brainstorming
5:30-6:15 – play with kids, supervise drawing on easel, break up fights over whose turn it is at easel…
6:15-7 – sitter shows up, subway to choir, stop at Subway (restaurant) on way
7-9:30 – choir rehearsal
9:30-10:15 – subway home plus walk and grab ice cream on way. Normally I take cab but it is such a nice night I decide to get some walking in and enjoy these first days of summer.
10:15 – send sitter home, eat cantaloup and ice cream while writing this blog post. Will send a few more emails and hopefully be in bed by 11.