Work at Home Mom Time Diary: Wednesday - Sunday, & What I Learned from Tracking my Time for 168 Hours
I burned out on posting my time diary daily, but I did keep up with my work at home mom time diary in my Midori. Here's how the rest of the week shaped up:
Tuesday night was rough, sleep-wise, probably the worst we've had in a solid 6 months. E woke up at his usual time of 7:30, but I was not ready at all. He ended up watching YouTube in bed with me while I snoozed until about 8:30. When we finally did get up, I was in no mood to rush to the park for Stroller Strides, so we puttered around until 10:30, then went to the park to play.
We got home at 12, E ate lunch and went down for his nap. I ate lunch and wrote Wednesday's blog post. At 2, I started working on indexing, but E woke up about 5 minutes later. I was just glad he actually took a nap.
At 3, we went on a Target run. We were home by 4, I unloaded and we FaceTimed with my mom. E was acting tired already, so I got him dinner and a bath and he was in bed by 6:15.
Ideally, I would have done something productive with my evening but I didn't. I made myself dinner, took a shower, chatted with my husband when he got home, and watched TV. At 9:30, I got in bed and read until lights out at 11.
7:40 wake up, got E ready for school and dropped him off. I was home by 9:15 and made breakfast for myself before leaving for yoga at 9:45.
I was home again by 11:15, and worked until 1, when I left to pick E up.
During his "nap" time, I ate lunch, ordered new pajamas for him, planned the dinner menu and wrote a grocery list. I let E out of his room at 2:45, then headed out to the grocery store at 3:30.
Got back at 4:45, unpacked and made dinner for E. He was in bed by 6 (again). I made dinner for me and the husband while listening to This Week in Ladies.
At 7:30, I finished up the client work I started earlier in the day. This was one of those cases where I spent about 3x as long on something as it should have taken me.
At 8:30, I listened to a conference call recording about committing in 2016 from The Freelance Writer's Den.
After that, I cleaned up the kitchen and read for awhile before bed.
Up again at 7:30. Breakfast, etc. and out the door at 9:15 for Stroller Strides.
After workout, we stayed and played at the park for a little while. We left around 11:30 when E stopped sharing toys with his friends.
At home, we both showered (E screamed for most of it because he didn't have Baby), and had lunch.
E actually took a nap, thank God. I spent about an hour trying to clean up my blog archives (I'm moving over the Wordpress), but our Internet connection was not cooperating. I gave up and went analog with studying indexing for about 45 minutes until E woke up.
I puttered around doing housework while he played until about 3:30. It was 70° and sunny, so we took his Cozy Coupe around the block and got the mail.
E ate dinner at 5:30, then we made chocolate chip cookies and I got him off to bed.
My husband came home a bit after 7. We made margaritas and nachos and watched Gone Girl. It was a nice little date night at home, but wow, that's a creepy movie. It creeped me out so much I think I stayed up reading past midnight.
Up at 7:30. I've realized we need to make an effort to get E out of the house on the weekends, and today we'd planned to go check out the LEGO store at the mall on the other side of town. We left the house around 10, because if I'm going to go to the mall on a Saturday, it's going to be early. E enjoyed the store, and we left with a new Duplo set and a building plate. We definitely did not need to buy more Duplos (I mean, he just had a birthday and Christmas and we'd already bought him a "just because" set this month), but my husband enjoys building with E, so... at least Duplos have a good resell value?
After the mall, we had lunch out and were home a little after 12. E went down for a nap (didn't sleep, again). I tidied my office, finished the January prompt for One Little Word, and started organizing photos from December. I need to get them printed before I can make my December Daily album.
Around 4, I started dinner since I knew E would need to eat early (again). My husband took care of dinner and bedtime. I was reading in bed for a little bit but could feel myself falling asleep so I got up. I ended up take an Epsom salt bath and reading a magazine. I spent the rest of the evening knitting, watching Hulu, and reading before bed around 11.
Up at 7:30. Had a bit of a lazy morning (2 cups of coffee and lots of Pinterest browsing). Husband eventually got out of bed and fetched breakfast tacos. I took a shower (because E basically told me to; my hair was pretty gross), then spent about an hour cleaning upstairs (I'm still dealing with a moth infestation; it's gross and annoying).
After E went down for his "nap," I had a nice solo trip to Target to pick up diapers. I had a coffee and it was all very relaxing... until I came home to a screaming toddler. My husband left around 2 to head to San Antonio for a basketball game. I spent the rest of the afternoon doing laundry and keeping E occupied until bedtime at 6.
It's now a little after 7. My husband won't be home until late tonight and I'm simultaneously feeling anxious and drained. I can hear E coughing (likely just allergies), so I'm not sure how restful tonight will be. I'd like to get December photos uploaded and ordered, but I'll probably just end up vegging out (again).
What I learned from tracking my time for 168 hours
Out of the 168 hours in the last week, I spent just under 5 hours doing client work. I spent 4 hours blogging, 1.25 hours on indexing, and another hour on professional development (the conference call). A couple of notes about these numbers:
- One of the projects I'm working on is currently on hold (I think it will pick back up again this week or next). Regardless of how well or not well this past week went with E, my hours worked would have been a little higher I think if that project had been in play.
- My pay rate for the 5 hours that I did work wasn't that great, I should have been able to complete those takes in 3 hours or so.
- I'm not sure whether blogging really belongs in the work category. It's really somewhere between a hobby and something that helps me get work.
- I'm glad I managed to fit in some time for indexing and professional development. One thing about freelancing is that it's really easy to get caught up in working your current gig and not honing the skills that will help you get paid 5 gigs from now.
I got at least 7 hours of sleep every night, closer to 8 on most. I probably function best with 8.5, but 7 is okay as long as I get a bit more on other nights.
I made it to Stroller Strides twice and yoga once. Working out is absolutely a priority for me right now.
Most of my time was spent on childcare and housework. In the childcare realm, E and I did some fun things (playdate, park time, music class, baking cookies). My house could still be cleaner.
Relationship-wise, I spent time with my husband and we did something fun as a family.
Socially, I went to a MOPS meeting and saw friends at Stroller Strides.
I also apparently had ample time to spend on hobbies. I read a good bit (finished The Royal We, which is very long but very delightful), worked on a couple of different scrapbooking projects, and did some knitting.
All in all, my life feels pretty balanced right now. I definitely could have easily fit in about twice, or even three times, as much work if I hadn't been so burned out from dealing with a no-napping toddler (if you're keep track, he took a nap exactly twice in 7 days). I really do need that time in the middle of the day to recharge enough to work in the evenings. Also, I'm super thankful E is in preschool now; even if he doesn't nap at all during the week, I still get two toddler-free mornings each week.