The other night, after an incredibly busy day of meetings, I sat down to journal for a few minutes before going to bed. Instead of writing down my thoughts from the day, I decided to try something I saw quite a few moms doing on one of our Care.com community groups for Working Moms. I created a timeline of the entire day, including the little things that I would never note in my outlook calendar, like meals or when I saw Ron and Adam. Since one of my resolutions this year is to be more present, I thought this was an amazing exercise – Great idea, Working Moms group!
Enter the $100 Gift Card Giveaway: Writing out the schedule of my average day has made me realize I have a lot to be thankful for, but I also have things to work on. Whether you are a working parent or stay-at-home, I really encourage you to try this out! Take five minutes, write out your schedule, and post it as a comment on my blog. Show me the craziness of your day by midnight PST on Tuesday, March 22, and one entry will be selected at random to win a $100.00 Amazon gift card to help schedule a few moments of YOU time – be it online shoe shopping, book browsing, or zoning out to some new mp3 tunes.
If I am not traveling, this is a pretty average day for me:
5:30 a.m. – Wake up, check blackberry.
5:45 a.m. – Say good morning to Ron.
6:00 a.m. – Meditation (10 minutes) and Morning Yoga Exercise (15 minutes) or go to the gym to work out.
7:15 a.m. – Shower and start to get ready.
7:30 a.m. – Wake up Adam and finish getting ready for the morning.
8:00 am – Drink my favorite Spiru-Tein shake while Ron and Adam have breakfast.
8:15 a.m. – Ron and I drop-off Adam at school together. After drop-off, read news and email on my way to work.
8:30 a.m. – Arrive at Care.com; give Laura, my assistant, my blackberry for the day; send e-mails, read blogs, news, and check calendar for the day.
8:45 a.m. – Have a green tea, sign onto Skype, and start the first meeting of the day at 9 am.
All morning – Back to back meetings.
Noon – Thai ground chicken with basil and brown rice (my favorite lunch lately!) while checking e-mail if I don’t have a lunch meeting.
All afternoon – Back to back meetings; Laura sometimes reminds me to take a 15 minute breathing and tea break mid-afternoon. I don’t always comply. :-(
7:00 p.m. – Carpool home with Ron if Adam doesn’t have evening voice rehearsals, check blackberry.
8:00 p.m. – Family Dinner: Sometimes Ron and Adam swing by to pick me up after Adam’s rehearsal, or we eat takeout at the office.
8:45 p.m. – Check on Adam’s homework. Check blackberry too.
9:30 p.m. – Goodnight routine with Adam.
10:00 p.m. – E-mails, Skype and check schedule for next day or a book or a movie about 1 night a week.
10:45 p.m. – Text Ron downstairs to see if he is going to bed.
11:00-Midnight – Go to sleep.
In reading back over this timeline, I realized three things:
1) I say good morning to my blackberry before I say it to my husband and text him to say that I’m heading to bed – even though we are in the same house. And he still loves me. I know I say this all the time, but I couldn’t make it through the day without Ron.
2) I am utterly addicted to technology and multi-tasking.
3) Living close to our work not only saves gas and helps the environment, but it is great for our family time. If we weren’t able to carpool and live so close to our workplace, it would be a challenge to find more time together.
What does your schedule say about your relationship with work and family life? Post your own schedule as a comment on my blog, and enter to win! What is your daily routine?