My 168 hour log officially ends for me at 5 a.m. Monday morning each week, and unfortunately, I was up to see it this morning. The baby woke at 4:30, and I got him back down, but I did not manage to get myself back down. So at 6, I gave up and got to work. I should have cut my losses earlier. A key learning from tracking my time!
Some basic numbers: I worked 45 hours. As usual, this was concentrated at the start of the week (10 on Monday, 11 on Tuesday). I did very little work on the weekend (0.5 on Saturday, about 1 on Sunday). This week did involve being gone overnight for work 2 nights. I am working on being more productive while on the road, but I also recognize that travel time can allow for some personal time too. My run through Central Park on Wednesday morning was a nice perk, as was having dinner with my parents (and climbing the dunes) on Thursday evening.
I slept 50.75 hours, which comes out to 7.25 hours/day. This is not too bad, and I am trying to convince myself that the reason I did not fall back asleep this morning is that I did not really need the shut-eye. The two hotel stays helped me get uninterrupted sleep. On my two 5:15 a.m. mornings, I was able to give the baby to my husband for a while after, which helped.
I ran four times (though two happened on the same day). I probably could have fit in one more run, though there were some other physical activities (climbing the dune, walking to/from my speech in NYC and to Penn Station, kicking a soccer ball with my daughter at practice, and going in the pool twice). So overall I would give myself a passing grade on this.
In terms of one-on-one time with individual kids (a constant goal), I took the 9-year-old to his audition, I read a lot at night with the 6-year-old, took the 4-year-old to soccer, and the toddler is very good at claiming his time at any hour of the day or night.
I was relatively social: two dinners out (one for work), a run with a friend, and two parties on the weekend. I did a fair amount of reading — almost every night before bed — but much of it was of no consequence whatsoever. This is an area for improvement. I need to get some more books from the library. It’s the kind of thing I tell other people to do, but don’t do myself!
If you tracked your time, I would love to hear observations. I will be over on Facebook doing a live chat around noon eastern today to answer any questions and share my take-aways.