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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Sample schedule
I've mentioned before about my struggle for balance in my life.  So I thought I'd share a typical day just for poops and giggles.

6:00 - 6:30 Wake up - catch up on blog reading/commenting
6:30 - 7:10 Wake up my son; get him dressed, fed and on the bus
7:10 - 8:15  Wake up daughters. Direct their dressing, feeding, and school departure.  Do my own showering, dressing, feeding and departing.  If there's time left over I might do dishes or pick up the house a bit.
8:15 - 8:30 Drop oldest off at school, head to work.
8:30 - 5:00 Work, work, work.  Fill in cute little boxes with cute little numbers and forward cute little checks to mondo investment companies.  Jealous?
5:00 - 5:15 Drop day's mail at post office, head home
5:15 - 6:00 Help finish cooking dinner.  Eat, clean up (sometimes we leave dishes til morning, but I'm always the one putting leftovers away)
6:00 - 7:00 check email; check kids' back packs, etc.  Often this is prime chauffeuring time.  Sometimes this is when I go hide at the library to write for a bit.
7:00 - 8:00 Baths, snacks, snuggles. When I do go to the gym, it's usually in this time frame so I can get home in time to tuck the little ones in.
8:00 - 9:00 Start ushering kidlings to bed.
9:00 - 11:30 AHHHH!  The house is mine.  When all else fails, this is when I get to write.

What does your schedule look like?  If you had an extra three hours a day (why settle for just one?), what would you do with it?  Personally, I would just like the ability to stop time so that when I'm on a roll writing (or cleaning or sleeping or whatever) I could finish up at my leisure without encroaching on the rest of the schedule.

Progress Report:
Exercise: 25 mins.  Half running on treadmill and half on the stationery bike.
Water:  9 glasses...yay!
Book: Cut some, added in 1,500 for a new total of 37665 - baby steps, but I'll get there.

I can so see me taking this to the beach (ahem, I feel obliged to point out that I live in Iowa and that there are no oceans anywhere near here so the 'beaches' to which I refer are lakeside)


JustineDell said...

Wow - that's busy day! I think I may do a post on one of my days now. Good idea!

If I had three extra hours of time, I would just write. I don't have enough time to do that now with everything else, so it would be write, write, write.


Carole Anne Carr said...

Well done you, coping with that every day. Used to do the same, reading your day brings back memories, wonder how I managed it, but it is the norm at the time isn't it. Enjoy your family.

Shannon said...

I have so much respect for people who are writing a novel and have children. I seriously don't know how you do it!

Next time I complain about not having enough time in the day, I'm coming back to this post!

Thanks! Shannon

Anonymous said...

A normal week-
wake up 7am- shower, feed kids, get them ready for school.
8am- hubby gets up and plays taxi- taking me to work, and kids to school.
12pm- home for lunch (I work part time and depending on the day, I could be home for the remainder of the day) This is when I catch up on cleaning.
1:30pm Youngest goes down for nap, I write, blog etc...
4:50pm girls get home from school. Snack time. I usually write or internet while they play.
7:00pm serve dinner, clean dinner, clean children, get them into bed for
They usually call me back in the room for an hour afterwords so
9:30-12:00am- house is mine!!! sound familiar? I catch up on episodes of shows I miss from not being in the US (online streaming is a dream come true) and write, and blog....:)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Wow busy day, I am in awe. I came here from creepyquerygirl's blog :)

roxy said...

I can so relate to your schedule. You deserve some appreciation, MissV. I posted an award for you today. :)

MissV said...

Ahhhhh, I'm feelin' the love tonight (there's a slim chance it's just the rum in my Diet Coke, but let's not go there).

Thanks for the comments - always a bright spot in my day to sit back and read what y'all have to say!

Happy writing to everyone!