I have now been home with my kids for almost three years. I am amazed at how fast time has flown, yet how slow some days still seem to tick by.
So I bet you think I’ve got it down – this staying at home thing.
That would be a negative Ghost Rider.
See I’ve got this problem. It’s called time management and even after three years, I still can’t seem to get it together. Right now my children are at camp. It’s a half day thing so I have a few hours to myself – to get a little writing done, to run errands and clean up the house a bit.
I’ve written out a to-do list; I have a calendar. But it’s futile. I feel like I never check everything off. There’s always one thing that laughs in my face, taunting my inability to get my s-h-i-t together.
I thought (way back when) that when the kids were at preschool/camp, I’d be able to get my work done. Then when they got home, we’d be able to spend the afternoon doing activities, going places and general goofing off. How naive of me. If I work in the mornings, then the afternoons are for cleaning and running errands. If I clean while the kids are at school, then I end up needing to write when they are home.
I’ve never considered not working at all. I need the outlet. It keeps me sane and in all reality, makes me a better mother. Quitting my full time marketing job was the right move for me and my family, but maintaining my career even on an extreme part-time basis is a necessity.
But it does put a crimp in my daily schedule.
For camp weeks, I am trying to keep a semi-schedule that looks vaguely like this:
9-9:30 – Camp Drop-off
9:30-11 – Gym/Shower
11-1 – Write, Work, Emails, Etc
1-2 – Errands or Clean
2-3 – Pick up kids
3-4 – Quiet time for kids (I work or clean)
4-5 – Activities
5-6 – Make dinner
If I don’t get to the gym (which is more often than I’d prefer) then I have a little bit more time for work/house stuff. But then I have this list of house projects I want to get done – paint Miss E’s room, clean out guest room, organize my closet.
When is that stuff going to get done?
It all boils down to time management and priorities.
When I worked in an office, I always got my work done. I prided myself on my organization and ability to multi-task and GET. IT. DONE. Where did that girl go? Has anyone heard from her? I need to track her down.
Now that I’m home, I still get my work done…my paid work. But the kitchen sink, full of dishes, is currently staring me down and the pile of laundry on the couch is taking bets on whether it gets put away today.
I think I’ll go take a shower.