I am writing this from a hotel room in NYC. There isn’t much to report of yesterday after the last entry. I worked until about 9:40 p.m., then chatted with the 9-year-old (who was still up). I shut the house and read until 10:30, then tried to go to sleep. It took a bit, given the later wake-up yesterday morning. I probably drifted off somewhere closer to 11. Here’s the report on how Day 2 of the 168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge went for me.
6:05 – up with baby. He helpfully pointed out that it was still “dark outside.”
6:10-6:35 – We snuggled on the sofa and watched Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The 4-year-old joined us around 6:30.
6:35- 7 – make pancakes. All four kids are down by around 7. They eat and I make my breakfast (eggs and some leftover pizza rolls from previous night’s dinner).
7-7:15 – hangout with kids. Screen time may have happened. Get crazy idea that 9-year-old might be able to watch the little guy long enough that I can shower without paying a babysitter. (My husband has been traveling the first half of the week, and then will be home to take over for me while I’m traveling.)
7:15-7:30 – shower! With no one in the room banging on the door!! Get dressed.
7:30 – go downstairs and see 9-year-old standing far away from toddler, who has filled his diaper. But nothing disastrous happened, so all good. I feel I’ve reached a milestone here.
7:30 -8 – diaper change, hangout with kids, start a load of laundry, pack lunch for 4-year-old.
8-8:30 – nanny here. I work.
8:30-8:40 – boys to bus.
8:40-9 – massive quantities of Cub Scout related paperwork (I’ll be going through my second background check in a year — I had to do this to volunteer at school too).
9-10:30 – work, scheduling interviews, and writing the City Journal feature on working stay-at-home moms.
10:30-11:30 – to salon for a hair cut and blow out. Another stylist came up and told my stylist that she loved my hair color and wanted her to do hers like it. My stylist: “She does it herself with a box from the drug store!” Which is true. 9 1/2 A light ash blonde, baby.
11:30-noon. Home, eat lunch with daughter (who is having a snack).
noon-12:35 – work. Pack up.
12:35-1 – drive to train station.
1-1:30 – in station, do a phone interview, email.
1:30-2:50 – work on train, mostly ideas for the book concept.
2:50-3:30 – Penn Station and to midtown via subway.
3:30-4:20 – tape a video interview (will link to the specific organization when it’s up)
4:20-4:30 – walk to hotel and check in.
4:30-5 – work in hotel.
5-5:30 – walk to NYPL science, industry & business library, where I’ll be talking.
5:30-6 – pre speech prep w/organizer.
6-7:30 – talk re time management as part of CEO series. It went well! We had a good crew, including a few people I’d met virtually before.
7:30 -8 – end, walk to Zenga.
8-10- dinner at Zenga with speech organizer. She gave me chocolates that have my book covers printed on them! How cool is that?
10-10:30 – walk to hotel. Now I’m here, writing my log, and plan to get to bed soon.
How did your second day of tracking go? Did you stick with it? It’s ok not to be too detailed, or even to skip a few blocks. Do what you can to keep going. I’ll be back tomorrow!