Congrats to everyone who finished the time tracking challenge! The week officially ended at 5 a.m. this morning, but there’s no reason to stop tracking. If you felt this week was unusual in some way, feel free to track another! If you felt this week was typical but you’d like some confirmation, another week could show that. Or another year. Or nine years!
Anyway, I appreciate everyone’s notes to me about yesterday’s log/pain fest. The good news is that I slept all night and woke up feeling reasonable. My leg + back are tender so I’m just trying to stay put as much as possible but fingers crossed I’ll be able to go to the birthday party this afternoon (hopefully I’ll be able to find a chair and plant myself there).
Despite Sunday’s debilitation and the half day Friday, the week wound up being reasonably “typical.” I worked for 38 hours. I did work on all seven days of the week, and did work after 6 p.m. on three weekdays but still didn’t top 40 hours. If I had a story of being overworked, I could point to those nights and weekend work as evidence. But time tracking shows something different. I’m often doing other things during normal work hours: working out with my trainer, running, getting a massage, taking my kids out to lunch on the half day. Given that, doing some work at night and on weekends is how I keep things moving forward professionally. Yep, in my case, doing work at night and on weekends is how I achieve “balance.”
I’m not sure on the sleep number. Saturday night is hard to calculate. I slept some but I’m not really sure when. On the week nights I stayed pretty close to my 11 p.m. bedtime, waking up somewhere between 6-6:30 a.m. Generally when I do this I don’t stray too far from the 7.3-7.4 hours of sleep per day that I’ve calculated I need.
I listened to Bach all seven days. I did my sonnet writing all seven days. I did not do my back exercises Sunday as there were moments when I couldn’t move. So that streak is paused for the moment. I have to say, I’m feeling a little betrayed that I’ve been faithfully doing my stretches/yoga poses every day for 2 months and my body did this to me.
I exercised four times: working out with my trainer on Monday, running on the treadmill early Tuesday morning, on the treadmill Wednesday afternoon, and then outside on Friday.
As for “quality” leisure, there were a few notable moments. I finished my 500-piece puzzle. I read by the fireplace. I read in the bathtub one night. I went to my choir rehearsal on Thursday (if I didn’t make it to church Sunday morning). I went out to dinner Friday night. I went to the auto show on Saturday.
I spent some one-on-one time with all the kids. The 16-year-old and I made two Starbucks trips. The 14-year-old and I went to the auto show together. My daughter and I had a number of conversations, plus we went out to lunch (with the 14-year-old) on Friday. The 8 (now 9) year old and I did those tree climbing and outdoor explorations. And the 4-year-old gets quality time by virtue of being little! I read him stories four nights, for instance.
There were some low moments for sure. Obviously, much of Saturday night and Sunday would be nice not to repeat (though it was interesting to see a few of my kids’ concern – the 4-year-old wound up sitting next to me in bed playing quietly for quite a while. The 12-year-old and 16-year-old both came to talk to me. It’s entirely possible the other two children weren’t even aware until evening that anything had happened, but hey!). I was also not a big fan of Wednesday morning, when I was driving around all those detours and wound up spending 90 minutes in the car getting people to school. There were several run-of-the-mill annoyances, like getting a rental car, or the now 9-year-old dropping his iPad down the stairs (like down multiple flights…how??).
But life continues. We have the big win of the 16-year-old getting his license! Two teeth were lost. The 9-year-old had lots of presents to open. I made progress on my book proposal. So, that’s good.
If you participated in the challenge, I’d love to hear how it went. Feel free to email me at laura at lauravanderkam dot com if you don’t want to post here. And feel free to keep tracking! I always find it useful, even if I’ve been at it for a while….