It's taken time (a lot of time) to figure out how a day without going into an office works. How to focus on what exactly I need to do on my computer (ie. job hunting and writing) instead of going down a twitter or blog wormhole and getting nothing done.
And balancing that time with the small everyday household tasks (laundry, dishes, dishes and dishes) with the larger stuff I want to accomplish. My To-Do lists (minor and major) are miles long. It's all so overwhelming and I find myself at a standstill; where do I even begin?
I've tried some strategies to get myself on a daily schedule or even a weekly one but they don't last more than a few days. My weeks differ so much. We travel, Dave travels, I was sick, the girls are home from school, the weather isn't cooperating, etc. I'm finding that each week is so much different than the last, and that's really unexpected. I figured a schedule would be the easy part.
I find that I'm building on my activities. I like to spend the first hour after the girls leave to flip through email, drink coffee and get computer-related tasks done (like job hunting!). Then, I like to get through the dishes and tidy up the kitchen. By then, it's time to work on the larger projects of the day (maybe) or run errands. Three times a week I hit a noon gym class. And by 4, I'm starting to think about dinner.
I still don't feel like I've got it right or most-productive. Or I'm spending enough time focusing on kids' homework and after-school stuff. So, it's a work in progress. It's certainly not as simple as I first thought it would be.
The post where I detailed my secret wish...