Laura Vanderkam is running a 7-day time tracking challenge this week and I'm playing along. I've tracked my time before but have never really done anything with the information, so I was interested in giving it another go. Plus, sharing a work at home mom time diary could be useful for other work at home moms.
Here's what Monday looked like.
I got out of bed at 7:30. I'd hoped to be up a little earlier, but my bed was really comfortable. I'd like to work on being out of bed by 7. Making this happen will probably require turning out the lights earlier. Got E up, made breakfast, etc. I had 15 minutes to read blogs and drink my coffee. I got us both ready for Stroller Strides and we were out the door by 8:50.
We have a weekly playdate with Stroller Strides and this week we headed to an indoor playground after class. They had a decent toddler area and E had a blast.
We were home by 11:45, and I fixed lunch for E (chicken nuggets, broccoli, and applesauce; he didn't touch the broccoli and requested yogurt). I heated up an Amy's frozen meal (pad thai) and ate E's broccoli. We colored for a bit after he finished eating.
At 12:30, I put him in his room for a nap and jumped in the shower, then made a dirty chai.
Went to my office at 1 and worked until a little after 2. E had never fallen asleep (and trashed his room in the intervening 90 minutes). So I got him up and let him watching Mighty Machines while I finished getting dressed and started some laundry.
At 3, we ran to the grocery store. E enjoyed a cookie from the bakery while I grabbed a few things. We were home by 3:45. I unloaded groceries, tidied the kitchen, did more laundry, started chicken in the crock-pot for Tuesday's dinner, and made dinner for E.
Fed E at 4:45. When he skips nap I aim to have him in bed by 6, which means an early dinner. By 5:15 he was bouncing off the walls, so we went into his room to get ready for bed. I left his room at 5:45 and never heard a peep afterward.
I clicked around the internet for a bit to decompress after the toddler tornado, then got ready for my MOPS meeting. Husband came home and I chatted with him for a minute, then let for the meeting, which started at 7.
Returned home around 9:15. Talked to my husband about evening commitments for the week ahead. Finished cleaning up the kitchen, and started getting ready for bed around 10:15. I actually got in bed closer to 11, and read (The Royal We for book club, it's really fun). Lights out at 11:40.
So far: Unsurprisingly, a lot of childcare and trying to keep a household running. I did get a workout in and went to MOPS. I'm not sure if the hour of work I squeezed in really paid off since I had to pick up a trashed bedroom after (nothing was ruined, he just likes to strew things about). I mostly just knocked out a couple of time-sensitive administrative tasks, which I probably could have managed to do from my laptop in the kitchen while E played.