Good morning! A lot of people resolve to spend their time better in the new year. The first step to spending time better is knowing where it’s going now. To that end, I’m hosting a Time-Tracking Challenge this week. I’ll be posting my time logs (in narrative form) on this blog from January 8-14. Several hundred people have signed up to track along. If you’d like to get daily motivational emails, sign up here. Of course, you don’t need the emails to track time. All you need is some place to record what’s going on in your life. You can use my spreadsheet (available in Excel or PDF, 15- or 30-minute versions), or a notebook, or one of dozens of time-tracking apps on the market.
This Monday at 5 a.m., when my weekly time log starts, I was mercifully still asleep. I was feeling under the weather yesterday and went to sleep at 8:30 p.m. last night. Fortunately, that seems to have done the trick. I woke up at 6:30 a.m. when I heard my husband in the shower. I got in afterwards (at which point he took off — he needed to be in NYC by 9 a.m. today), then heard the 2-year-old yelling for me. I got him up, changed him, and he came and lay down in bed with me to chat for a while. We went downstairs around 7:30, at which point I made coffee, organized back-packs (finding one incomplete homework form, due today), and made breakfast for four children (scrambled eggs, toast, bananas). I got the kids up, and got them going on eating.
G (nanny) arrived a few minutes before 8 a.m. I helped the 8-year-old finish his homework, then got everyone out to the bus by 8:30. This involved a lot more finding library books, shoes, etc. than is my preference for a Monday. We cut it tight, but that was OK, because it was pretty cold outside. But not as cold as it was yesterday morning. It was 2 degrees out when I went to church on Sunday! This morning, now a balmy 18 degrees, going up to 30, seems tropical by comparison.
Anyway, I’m now settling down to work — likely with a break to run — until the kids will be home a bit before 4. I’ll post my full time log from the day tonight.
Even if you don’t want to track a whole week, tracking a day or two can be enlightening. Why not give it a whirl?