Welcome to the first day of the 168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge! We have over 750 people signed up to track their time this week, and I know some others are doing it but have elected not to receive my daily email reminders. I get it. Email takes time! (If you do want daily reminders with questions to think about as you track, you can sign up here at this link. If you just want to download a time sheet, you can do so at my Manage Your Time page. That page has now been updated to include the 30-minute time sheet version, in Excel and PDF).
I will normally be posting my time logs at the end of the day, but just to get things started, here is how my day has gone so far:
6:45 – up! The good: I hear the toddler at this blessedly civilized hour. There is a world of difference between 5:30 and 6:45. The bad: he has made his way into the 9-year-old’s room, where the 6-year-old is sleeping (long story, it’s musical beds around here right now) and climbed into bed with him. The funniest part? He has shut the doors behind him, as if to cover his tracks.
6:45-8 – all four are up within 5 minutes (the 9-year-old and 4-year-old turn out to have slept in the same bed all night!) I feed them breakfast, and make my coffee and breakfast. The 9-year-old and 4-year-old take turns playing with the toddler in the basement, and all goes fine. I get a chance to read headlines over my coffee. I feel like this is a major milestone.
8-8:30 – nanny here, I shower, dress, check email.
8:30-8:40 – boys to bus stop, chat with bus driver and neighbor kid.
8:40-11:00 – Monday morning power work time. I write a 1500 word intro to something that might be a book proposal. Since I am publicly accountable for my time this week, I am going fundamentalist on productivity best practices.
11-11:30 – Practice my TED talk. Guess who’s speaking at TEDWomen this October??
11:30-noon – two phone calls about an upcoming webinar.
noon-12:15 – email, etc.
12:15-1 – change, go outside. Chat with neighbor, then run 3.5 miles. It’s about 77 degrees and lovely.
1-1:30 – home, email, talk with husband by phone, post this log.
Much more to come later today. I hope your first morning is going well! If you’re tracking, I would love to hear how it’s going. You can comment, or email me if you prefer not to comment: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.