Over the years I have run several time-makeovers on this blog. I would like to run some more! If you would be interested in participating (or know someone who would) please reach out to me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com. I ask people to keep track of their time for a week, and we discuss what is working and what is not. The volunteer then tries some strategies, reports back, and I run the report here. Thanks for considering it!
In other news: August is an off month for us. While many kids go back to school at some point this month, our district starts after Labor Day. So we still have a full month to go.
For the most part, that is fine, though summer’s rhythms are variable enough that not all goes smoothly. In case anyone thinks that my house is a completely well-oiled machine, it is not feeling like that this week. I made a strategic error in camp sign-ups. Two kids are in one camp, and one in another, located in opposite directions from our house, and they start and end at the exact same time. Both also have very strict drop-off times and car lines. So P and I divide and conquer, but spending half an hour of my day at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. doing camp runs is cutting into my productivity.
(On the plus side, though, my 9-year-old has gotten to do his first camp overnight. So exciting!)
I feel like I have been spending a lot of time on logistics. Work travel, family travel, kid fall activities, kid school forms. The problem is often not so much with the forms or ticket purchases or what have you. It’s just that doing them makes me feel like I’ve done something, when I haven’t done much of importance. I need to focus on big stuff first, and then do the logistics in the little bits of time.
Speaking of big stuff, I did start working on my novel again. I am quite happy with the first 5000 words. Things start to fall apart after that. Oh well. If I can make enough 5000 word chunks seem decent, that will be a start.
I found Stroopwafels on sale at a nearby grocery store the other day. Fresh stroopwafels were among my favorite discoveries in the Netherlands two years ago. Let’s just say the box is not lasting long!