Welcome to day 2 of the time tracking challenge! Did you stick with it? If not, it’s relatively easy at this point to get back on track. Just try to fill in, broadly, what you did over the past 24 hours. If you can’t remember an hour or two, that’s fine. Seeing it through to the end of the week is more important than any particular smaller chunk of time.
Here’s how my life has gone since my last check in around 7 p.m. last night.
7 – 8 p.m. — read on the porch. I’m still working through Olmsted’s Cotton Kingdom. It’s long and a bit tiring at places though still fascinating. As I only have about 3 hours to go (per the Kindle counter) I think I’ll stick with it to the end.
8-8:30 – G left, but the 2-year-old was not down. So I tried reading him another story, rocking him, and then decided to let him cry it out. My nerves were pretty on edge from the screaming.
8:30 – 9 – While the big kids watched TV, I hid myself in the basement and recorded a “mini-sode” of the podcast with Sarah. She was still marooned in N.C. at the time so our sound quality won’t be what it was with her at-home equipment, but we wanted to share her evacuation story with listeners. The episode will be released next Tuesday (episode 6, on creating great weekends, went live today). My 2-year-old kept screaming up until 8:45.
9-9:30 – Got other kids in bed, or at least in their rooms. My 10-year-old had his nightly chat with me, then wanted me to call my husband (who was in Chicago). He proceeded to leave him a 3.5 minute voice mail describing his entire day.
9:30-10:30 – read, with a pause to turn the big boys’ lights off and move the 2-year-old into his crib (from the spot where he’d fallen asleep on the floor in front of the door).
10:30-5:30 – slept
5:30 – woke to screams of “Mommy! Open my door!” Often I try to ignore him, but he wasn’t getting quieter, so I got the 2-year-old and brought him to my bed. I couldn’t sleep but at least I didn’t have to get up.
6:00-7:45 – read, drank coffee, ate breakfast while the 2-year-old amused himself with YouTube videos of Thomas the Train. I got the big kids’ breakfasts when they woke up, and changed into my running clothes. G arrived at 7:45.
7:45-8 – treadmill! Got my 1.1 miles in. That’s it. It was going to be a BTN day (“better than nothing”)
8-8:30 – showered, dressed in nice clothing, did hair and make-up.
8:30 – 8:40 – realized 7-year-old was playing the Wii U and was STILL IN HIS CLOTHES FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE. Hurriedly got him dressed and the other kids into their shoes, etc. Had a discussion about how there were not to be any electronics until people were dressed and had brushed their teeth. As you can imagine, this discussion was only had in the calmest, most rational tones. Supervised the bus stop (all 7 kids made it on time again).
8:40-9:15 – finished getting ready, packed up, and drove to church.
9:15-11:15 – spoke to my church’s women’s group on time management. Everyone was very nice! I listened to the Best of Both Worlds podcast on weekends going there and back.
11:15-2:45 – worked in home office. Mostly on Off the Clock. I rewrote big chunks of chapter 1. It was hard mental labor. I ate a salad in here somewhere and said hello to the 2-year-old who came in for lunch, and then nap.
2:45-3:15 – drove to a local client.
3:15-5:30 – met with client and then gave second speech of the day on time management. Everyone was very nice! One of the questions was on transition times, and understanding exactly how long certain things take. I may explore this concept a bit more (e.g. where can a 45-minute activity fit into a schedule, where can a 2-hour activity fit in, etc.)
5:30-5:57 – drove to pick up my daughter at gymnastics (G had dropped her off after dropping the boys at swim, then she needed to go pick the boys back up at 5:30). Some heavy traffic, but I thought I was on time to pick her up at 6:00. It turns out her 5:00 gymnastics class is actually done at 5:50-ish. There were tears. “I thought you were going to leave me there forever!”
6-6:30 – drove home. Again, heavy traffic. Chatted with daughter.
6:30 -6:50 – G had dinner on the table, bless her. Ate with her and kids.
6:50 – piano teacher showed up to teach 7-year-old and 5-year-old, who is just starting lessons (the 10-year-old decided to switch to viola). Now I am writing this, and will hit post. I plan to answer some of my emails and then relax, with a target of being in bed at 10:15 vs. 10:30. With the early wake-ups, those 15 minutes really do make a difference.
How was your day?