How did your first day of time tracking go? I’ll be posting my daily time logs this week, usually toward the end of the day. Here’s my final report for Day 1.
6:45 – up w/baby.
6:45-8 – kids, breakfast, coffee, etc.
8-8:30 – nanny here, shower, email.
8:30-8:40 – boys to bus stop.
8:40-11:00 – work on book concept
11-11:30 – practice TED talk
11:30-noon – phone calls
12-12:15 – email
12:15- 1 – ready and run outside (3.5 miles)
1-3 – work, catching up on emails and working on my feature for City Journal on working stay-at-home moms. Also, eat lunch around 2pm in there.
3-3:35 – podcast recording
3:35- 4 – work, plus a phone call about taping a video interview
4-4:30 – welcome boys home from school, snacks, homework, etc.
4:30-5 – figuring out sources for next 4 Fast Company pieces. Did you read this far into this post? If so, I’m looking for some people who feel relaxed about time to interview, and also some people in industries known for extreme hours who manage to keep their work weeks reasonable (like 55 hours/week). As always, you can email me: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
5-6:15 – take 9-year-old to a musical audition at a local theater. He was the only boy in his try-out group, I believe. I had him bring a book so he had something to do while we were waiting. I mainly answered email. Probably I should have brought a book too. This entry includes travel time to/from.
6:15 -6:35 home, eat dinner (nanny cooked)
6:35-6:55 – take toddler for a walk in the stroller. We look for tweet-tweets (birds) and woof-woofs (dogs). Sun is setting. This is a very pleasant way to unwind.
6:55-7 – quickly discuss Minecraft birthday concepts. Almost 7-year-old has found a Minecraft bouncy house you can buy for a cool 4-figure price. Not happening. He is completely obsessed with this guy named Dan TDM, who’s produced tons of videos of him playing Minecraft. My kid watches, enthralled. My take-away from this is that I should do more video to boost audience engagement.
7-7:30 – work on porch. 4-year-old joins me at some point.
7:30 – 8 – working inside, mostly logistics like train tix, kids are watching TV, nanny putting baby to bed (she works 4 longer days). Discuss logistics of rest of week with nanny, she leaves.
8-8:20 – kid snacks, chat w/kids.
8:20- 8:40 – read to kids (Stuart Little!), put them to bed.
8:40-9 – pack
9- onward – sitting on back porch, working. It’s a nice night. Still digging out of my email mess. This is why I did my morning time focused on bigger picture stuff, and my one productive bout during the afternoon too. Email will expand to fill all available space. If I’d started the day with that, I’d still be doing it now, but I wouldn’t have made time for other things. Since the baby slept until 6:45 this morning, I may live dangerously and stay up until 11. Though that’s just begging to have him wake up at 5 a.m. I won’t work the whole time. I’ll probably unwind with some magazines. These stories about the Hiddle-Swift break-up aren’t going to read themselves.
I hope your first day of time tracking went well!