I’ve been teetering on the edge of panic and being totally overwhelmed with a nice, hefty dose of guilt this past week. Let me explain. As I said in my first post, I just recently started school. I’m trying to balance housework, studying, homeschool, just being mom, and being my husband’s wife. Yeah, nothing much happening here!
I’ve been pouring over time management books and websites for that past 3 days or so. I’m trying to fit everything in without exhausting myself and neglecting the most important people in my life. Most, if not all, recommended keeping track of your hours for about a week. Laura Vanderkam has a free printable when you subscribe to her blog. So that is where I am now. Just logging my hours and I thought I’d share my yesterday with you!
5:30/5:45 am: Woke to My Husband getting ready for work (he had an early breakfast meeting with his boss), Couldn’t/didn’t want to fall back to sleep. Got out of bed at 6 am
6:00am-7:00am Read my Bible, checked e-mail, checked the blog, made My Husband’s lunch
7:00-7:30 Reread my notes on Chapter 1 Anatomy
8:00 am – 9:30 Showered, gave the baby a bath, gave the boys a bath – while in tub, I put on breakfast & then cleaned up the bathroom (wiped the sink & floor, put clothes in baskets), laid the baby down for a nap. Had breakfast after getting dressed & brushing teeth.
9:30-10:15 or so Homeschooled – read about Genesis in The Bible Handbook for Kids, read 2 chapters of history (a bit edited), made a countdown rocket for math, did a reading lesson for each of the boys, read an Aesop Fable, read son #2 his Bible story & sang song to go with it.
10:30 cleaned up the table, swept floor from the night before, dishes from breakfast & some from the night before
10:45-12:30 Worked on blog- wrote a post, checked stats, moderated comments, read some posts from blogs I follow, commented on a few posts from the A-Z challenge. Put library books on hold, online banking, Facebook & email. Checked out a few homeschool pages for ideas – all while listening to talk radio (multitasking 😉 )
12:30 pm-2 pm More laundry- mostly folding & putting away, cleaning up toys, made my bed (started to get to the boys, got distracted & forgot about it)
2 Sat on the couch with my feet up 🙂
2:15/2:30 Impromptu science experiment (mixing oil & colored water in a soda bottle)
3 pm My Mother-in-Law dropped by with a gift for the littlest (it was her 1st birthday!), chatted a little bit
3:30 Switching loads of laundry & folding, texted a friend about a birthday party for the weekend & scheduling a massage
4 pm Fell asleep on the couch while my littlest napped and the older boys played with blocks (I was amazed at how well they played together!)
4:30 Got on reddit for about 15 minutes. I “fasted” from reddit for a while, I tried it out and realized what a time waster. Yeah, won’t be back on there!
5:00 Feeling really groggy from my unplanned nap, took me a while to get to making dinner. I finally started dinner around 5:15 or so. Did even more laundry (did I mention that this fell on my “laundry day”?), went through the days mail
5:30-6:30 pm made dinner through the cries of “we’re hungry, when will dinner be done, eww I don’t like that”. Made mac & cheese, chicken thighs, & peas w/ butter. Husband got home, kisses, greetings, “how was your day?” etc. Cleared table for dinner & ate.
7:30 pm – 9:30pm Baby was wide awake, so I got the boys to bed while My Husband took care of the baby. Once the boys were down (bedtime is around 7:30), I headed to the library to return overdue movies & pick up a few holds, I went to Office Max for printer ink and then to the gym for a leisurely 35 minute walk on the treadmill. I hate working out at night (especially at the gym, it was packed!), but its been quite a while since I’ve worked-out. I just needed the exercise!
9:30 ish – helped My Husband clean up the remains of The Iced Tea Disaster of 2014 (the bottom of a gallon jug broke off), read the intro of a library book I got (he was almost finished and wouldn’t really let me help much),
10:00 pm My Husband asked if I needed to study for my massage class (really code for: massage please!) Put on a movie while I practiced scraping the fascia in his hands.
11:00 pm I gave up on the movie and headed for bed. Just as I was getting settled, the baby woke to nurse. Thankfully, she went right back to sleep.
11:30 asleep – but up 3 times with the baby
Mixed in with all of this was nap times, nursings, diaper changes, kissing “boo-boos”, answering questions, hugs, getting the baby to walk (she’s so silly about the whole thing 🙂 ), cleaning up spills, and everything else that only takes 5 minutes. The boys were either alongside me or playing alone, or watching a movie. It was an awful rainy day so not much playing outside!
Have you ever logged your time before? What “time management” tricks do you have up your sleeve?