I ended yesterday’s blog post saying I hoped I slept until 6. I did — to 6:15, but I’ll take it. When P (nanny) came at 8, I mentioned that the baby had slept through the night. She said she figured, since all the children’s backpacks, shoes, coats, mittens, lunches, snacks, etc. were lined up and ready to go. Apparently I have a lot more energy when I’m not up at all hours.
Anyway, the baby played nicely in his exer-saucer while I showered, and the kids and I all had breakfast by 8. Then we had a second breakfast of donuts that P brought to celebrate the baby’s first birthday (which is tomorrow). I did a bit of work before bringing my daughter to school at 9. I was there for a planning meeting for the school fundraiser (I’m hosting a big party as part of the lead-up to the event — much more my style than organizing craft projects for the auction). I stayed until 10:15, came home and worked until noon. I broke for lunch, worked, then took the baby at 12:45. I planned to get him down while P was getting the 4-year-old and a friend from dance class (the friend’s mom had brought them). However, the baby had other ideas, so I wound up playing with him and baking the cupcakes for his birthday. The girls came and I helped with their lunches, then worked from 2-3.
Here’s one thing I’m figuring out from my time log: I am efficient. I am not working that many hours this week. I may hit 40 by Sunday night, but midway through Thursday, with only a few more hours planned in the future, I’m at 32.5. And yet I’ve researched and written 4 articles, gotten started on several others, done several live events, been blogging here daily, turned in the afterward for the paperback of my book, etc.
You can read my essay on The Second Shift here. (Please read it! I think it deserves more shares than it’s gotten — I would appreciate a tweet or FB share). You can read my essay on how to invest $1000 in yourself here. I like the idea of bringing people together. I’m pondering how to make that happen over the next year. It’s really not something that requires winning the PowerBall to do.
Then my daughter’s friend left a little after 3, and I went to Massage Envy for my monthly massage. I may have napped a bit during it. I came home, answered email, then my husband came home from his trip. He took the 8-year-old to swim, and I ran on the treadmill. I’m making progress: I got up to 8.7 mph for 30 seconds, and I repeated that interval a second time. I did a 2-minute sprint at 8 mph, and then two 1-minute sprints at that speed too.
My husband came back from swim and we fixed the broken light in the kitchen, and then he took the baby to go back to pick up the 8-year-old at swim (it’s only 8 minutes away). I made dinner during this time: salmon, asparagus and Caesar salad for us, a hodgepodge of stuff for the kids. We ate it, I played with the 3 younger kids for about half an hour, and now I’m posting this as my husband is putting the baby down. I’m looking forward to some reading tonight with perhaps a tiny bit of work. Then it’s on to a very kid-centric day tomorrow.
I know I have gotten quicker at article researching and writing over the years. You don’t have to work as many hours if your core production becomes more efficient. What have you become efficient at over the years?