Then, as a mom of newborns, my days were scheduled by their cries and whines, their feeding and sleep schedule, and the tasks to take care of the house. As they grew, my schedule changed and was filled with Mommy and Me classes, doctors appointments, playdates, and preschool. Their schedules helped me to be organized and kept me busy.
But now that both boys are in full day school, I find my schedule mine to make (at least on weekdays from 9-4pm). And, mostly, I love it! I feel blessed that I get to take this time to pursue and figure out my passions.
But I am finding that scheduling my time - and only being accountable to me - has it's challenges!
- I have ideas, ideas, ideas, running around in my head. And, I am excited about each and everyone of them, but figuring out which to implement can leave me at a loss.
- Since I am working from home, there are always things to do that seem to sideswipe progress. For instance, right now, there are piles of laundry that are calling my name, ground turkey that needs browning, a dog barking to be let in, and vacuuming that needs to be done (just to name a few). Often it is hard to focus on accomplishing "my" tasks, when the household tasks are screaming to be done.
- Also, because I do not have others to be accountable to, it is easy to feel that what I am doing is not as important.
These struggles (plus others) led me to include "Valuing my Time" as a part of my year-long promise to myself.
With that in mind, this year, my goals include:
- to find a calendar and task manager that works for me (which I think I have figured out, thanks to my new iPhone!)
- to step away from my computer and stop my work when the boys arrive home from school to spend quality time with them. (this has been going incredibly well thus far!)
- to schedule my days so that I am productive. (this one I am struggling with right now, and would love YOUR suggestions and ideas!)
How do you schedule your days to make them the most productive?
What do you do to stay on task when the schedule is yours to create?
Thanks! I truly apprciate your thoughts!