Good morning — especially to everyone who is starting the January 2024 Time Tracking Challenge this morning. We have several thousand people signed up (phew!). That’s a lot of time being recorded!
You don’t have to be officially “signed up” to play along. You can just record your time for a week and know that lots of other folks are doing it with you. If you do still want to sign up, you can, and you’ll get Tuesday’s email (Day 2) first, tomorrow morning. You can download any of my time tracking spreadsheets here.
I’ll be posting how I spent Monday later today. So far this day has been a little different – the 16-year-old is home not feeling well, which is too bad (school gets increasingly hard to miss at this age) but had the upside of moving our morning start time later. Normally I set the alarm for 6:30 a.m. but this morning it was 6:55. I thought I’d wake before my alarm as I went to bed by 11:15 p.m. but nope. Guess I needed my sleep.
(The high school start time will move from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. next year — with no one’s school starting before 8 a.m. it might be time to rethink the whole morning routine, but I’ll think about that when the time comes).
This weekend was mostly good – and I realized in the middle of it that a lot of what we were doing will be repeated the first weekend of January for a while. I went to my choir’s annual Twelfth Night party on Friday (getting to use the holiday dress again!). On Sunday morning my choir sang a few pieces from our usual “star” repertoire (Mendelssohn’s “Behold a Star from Jacob Shining” and Libby Larsen’s “Beautiful Star”). And then we had the 4-year-old’s birthday party in the afternoon. This was at a local bouncy house place that had been booked up for a month but they had a cancelation so I swooped in. It was full on standard small kid birthday party (bouncing, pizza, cupcakes, etc.) with the associated chaos but he had fun and loved opening his presents at home after. My guess is I will be scheduling his party on the first weekend of January for at least the next few years…
Anyway, I’ll be back tonight posting Monday. If you’re tracking time, good luck! You really just need to check in 3-4 times per day, and not make the perfect the enemy of the good. That’s how I’ve stuck with it for almost 9 years now (don’t worry, you don’t have to do that!)