I finished my 8784 hours at 5 A.M. this morning. Yesterday, I began analyzing the logs in earnest, which means that at least a few of my 8784 hours were spent analyzing my 8784 hours — very meta. Anyway, the process was intense but relatively fast. When I was analyzing logs other people kept for I Know How She Does It, I could not get faster than 20 minutes per log. At that rate it would take me 17 hours to go through my logs for the year. But I wound up finishing at a rate of around 15 minutes per log. Partly it is that I know my life and so I am not puzzling if a certain entry is work or something else. I also know the rhythms of my life. I know when I usually run or read and so I know where to look when I add things up.
It was a fascinating experience reliving my year like that, hour by hour over two days. Little things I had forgotten come to mind (e.g. the hunt for the Shelf Elf when the children suddenly announced they were expecting him). I see why winter made me crabby: too much indoor time and chasing after a toddler. I see why some weeks felt draining; I was up in the night every single night. But I also see a lot of good times too, like the Halloween family activities (hayride!), my runs with friends, sharing my ideas with audiences large and small. I read some good books, I had some good meals, I saw some great sunsets and probably a few too many sunrises.
More to come on all this, but I am very happy I kept with this for the full 8784 hours. It was a full year. It was a good year.