Congratulations to everyone who tracked time this week! Making it through 168 hours is quite an accomplishment. Even if you had to approximate a few hours, you now have good data to work with. If you want to spend your time better, it’s helpful to know where your time is going now. Otherwise, how do you know if you’re changing the right thing?
I archived my log from the week of January 10th this morning, as I do every Monday morning. I took a few minutes to reflect on it, and since I’ve been posting here, I added up a few numbers (after almost 7 years of this I don’t tally every week, I just spot check here and there).
A few findings: I spent 36.25 hours working. That’s probably typical. My workdays were more interrupted than usual because of some during the day stuff (massage, kid doctor appointment, furniture deliveries and contractors). On the other hand, I spent more evening time writing blog posts than normal because of the time tracking challenge!
I spent a not-surprising 52 hours sleeping. Longtime readers know that I tend to average 7.3-7.4 hours of sleep per day over any longer period of time. This is my sleep set point. When you divide 52 by 7 you get 7.4 hours/day.
The good news is that this week my tallies were pretty consistent day to day. I slept 7.0 hours/day on Monday and Tuesday, 7.5 hours/day Wed-Friday, and then 7.75 hours/day over the weekend. It feels much better to sleep about seven and a half hours every night than to sleep, say, 5 hours one night and 10 hours the next. We cannot always control this, but as my little guy settles down on the sleep front, I’m trying to keep some good habits, even if I don’t have to. My bedtime is 10:30 during the week. I allow myself to move it by an hour on weekends but no more. I did not make it every night during the week, but I fell asleep between 10:45-11:15 most nights, which made the 6:30 alarm during the week feel mostly fine. It’s not reasonable to expect to sleep much past 7:00 on weekends with the toddler and the dog, but the fact that I did make it past 7:00 on Saturday and Sunday is pretty exciting.
I got 3.75 hours of exercise that I noted as such. I only ran two days (totaling about 5 miles) but I walked for at least 15 minutes every day, and usually a bit more. I went ice skating on Sunday for an hour so that was an exciting bit of physical activity. In keeping with my Tranquility by Tuesday rule, “Move by 3 p.m.” I tended to do this physical activity right between 2:30/3:00 most days. On Saturday my walk was a little later (3:30) but oh well. I’d note that I’m getting well over 10,000 steps a day right now as I run up and down the stairs unpacking stuff but I haven’t been counting that as “exercise.”
I read my Shakespeare every day and have been writing at least 100 words in my free-writing file. This is simple enough to do during the work week. On weekends I try to do it during any toddler-free time I have OR I read on the Kindle app while feeding him.
I played the piano three times, and sang in choir on Sunday morning. Since “Three times a week is a habit” I can call myself a musician! In other personal time, I got a massage — a nice treat for the week — and enjoyed some magazine reading by the fire.
In terms of family relationships, I spent some time with my husband — a lunch together during the week and a date night out on Thursday. I got some one-on-one time with each of the kids, though some more or less than others. The two Starbucks trips with the 14-year-old were a nice way to spend time better during other kids’ activities. I noted a half hour spent with the 12-year-old one afternoon after school, plus our math time, and the 10-year-old and I went to her friend’s party on Saturday together. The younger kids tend to get time just by nature of needing more attention. Each kid did get at least some fun thing – having a friend over or going to a friend’s. The 7-year-old had his Nerf War event on Friday and will be getting together with friends today to celebrate his birthday (so not during the week, but I planned it during the week in question…)
We also had three family dinners with all of us sitting down together: one on Monday night, one on Wednesday night, and one (quick quick quick) on Sunday. The other nights featured activities or people being gone otherwise for some reason or another so people ate in sequence.
I aim to do “One big adventure, one little adventure” each week. I’m not sure that I had a big adventure per se, but the family trip to the dino & dragon stroll was something. Ice skating is something out of the ordinary and fun too. Perhaps a massage and a Thursday night date night could qualify as little adventures as well — or the unusual number of teen Starbucks trips. Do a handful of small adventures add up to a big adventure?
There were some low moments too — the toddler refused to go down last night until 11 or so, as happened one other night during the week as well. The van not starting, the fiasco of the wall paper peeling, the dog getting out and pooping on a new rug and such definitely made me not-so-thrilled. My kids probably spend too much time on screens, and I spent a lot of mindless time scrolling around on Twitter and Instagram. I feel like I fit in a lot of good things but I still do waste time. The house is not even close to unpacked. I am having a hard time staying motivated, though we do get a little done here and there. The big boys both got their mattresses/bed frames delivered so everyone is up off the floor, which allows for more cleaning up. Some happened. Some didn’t. I get tired of nagging. Trying to get everyone in the car by certain times in the winter is also a huge energy suck. The house is also about 4-5 minutes farther from at least some of the things we go to, so I feel like we’re running late everywhere as it’s hard to shift gears mentally on when to leave for stuff.
Anyway, that was the week that was. How did time tracking go for you? I hope you learned something interesting!
Photo: A blank time log, ready to start the next week!