*Note: I only work Tues - Fri, so this is for the typical Tues - Fri. Monday is a whole different beast, because I spend all morning (usually until about 11:30) cleaning my house. Then I have a few hours before anyone comes home to mess it up where I work (I try to get two solid hours in on Monday before the kids come home). Then my afternoons mirror the schedule below. Weekends are a free-for-all. I work a lot on the weekends, actually.
So Tuesday - Friday:
7:00 AM: Wake up and drag myself out of bed.
- Make lunches.
- Read scriptures with the kids.
7:20: Get clothes for daughter. Nag her to get dressed, put her shoes on, and/or complete her reading/homework.
- Personal study.
7:40: Son leaves for school.
7:45: Shower and get ready.
8:05: (Yes, that's only 20 minutes.) Find out daughter has done none of the above I nagged her about. Nag some more while rushing around to find shoes and socks and pack backpacks. I also do the dishes here. I absolutely cannot leave for work with dirty dishes in the sink. OCD? Your call.
- Do daughter's hair. Tie her shoes. Etc.
8:30: Daughter leaves for bus.
- Start car. (It's freaking cold in Utah in January, okay?)
- Eat breakfast.
- Enjoy 10 minutes to myself with no TV, no one asking me questions, etc. Sometimes I email myself documents during this time to look at during lunch. Sometimes I open something and work for 10 minutes. Sometimes I tweet and/or Facebook.
8:40: Leave for work.
- Sing really loud in the car to my favorite songs. The power of this should not be underestimated. Maroon 5 CAN change your life!
8:55: Arrive at work
- Work. Sometimes I email at work. Or during lunch. Or blog. Or whatever. My schedule is sometimes loose, and sometimes not. The life of teaching = flexibility.
2:15 PM: Leave work.
2:35 PM: Arrive home. Change shoes. Go walking. (This is if I have no errands. Ha! I usually have errands. But I walk when I get home.)
2:55 PM: Check dinner menu. Open computer. Email/tweet/etc.
3:10: Son arrives home.
- Errands and taxiing begin.
- Make dinner.
4:00: Daughter arrives home from school.
5:00: Eat dinner.
- More errands.
- More taxi driving.
- More dropping off or picking up or whatever.
- Somewhere in here, I make my daughter shower. Also, sometimes in here, I go to the library to work in between drop offs and pick ups. Sometimes I have so many that I can't do that and/or I only have time to drive between places.
- Whoever said life gets easier when your kids get older was LYING.
8:30: With everyone finally home, it's time for bed. Daughter goes.
9:00: Son at least goes upstairs, whether he goes to bed or not is his call. Whatever. He's upstairs and I'm not. This ensures that I don't become homicidal.
9:01: Begin working. Writing, editing, revising, critiquing, whatever it is I have to do.
- Watch The Office. Or Chopped. Or whatever we've recorded that night. (While working, usually.)
11:00: Go to bed.
Rinse and repeat the next day. So, see? I sleep for 8 hours every night. I also cook dinner and walk (most days). I squeeze in time to write and edit and whatever where I can.
It's a good life.
How do you spend your waking hours?