I don’t want to write about last week — schedules, lists, progress, because I’m not feeling that great about it.
But I think it’s important for my own accountability, as well as to acknowledge that parts of it actually did go well — especially considering how busy we were with Halloween festivities.
Summary of last week
— I exercised three days. I only got up at 5:30 once and did my elliptical machine, a few weights and cooled down with yoga, but I walked two days with a friend at a nearby trail — between three and four miles both times. The sun was nice and it was a good multitasking activity — catching up with a friend while getting a workout.
— I only planned out my day once (Monday) — I need to do this daily. Putting the pen to paper or even typing it out forces me to think about my day ahead of time. I’m hesitant because my days are rarely the same and I wind up with a lot of blank space, so it has always seemed pointless if 75% of the schedule is blank. What I’m discovering is that I’m more intentional with my time when I map it all out ahead of time — even if it’s tentative; lots of time blocks are the same like when Gil and the boys leave on weekdays. Having blank space is liberating, especially since I work from home, and most of my work is self-directed. Seeing large blocks of time allows me to say — here is when I can do x, y, or z. It also helps with getting places on time. Instead of just thinking — my appointment is at 12:15, I actually factor in travel time more effectively. In order to arrive by 6:00, I need to be puling out of the driveway by 5:30. I also tend to pad the driving time better when I pre-plan — if I go by the plan in my head I tend to cut things closer and think I can leave much later, like ten til 6, when the reality is I need to pad for unexpected delays.
— It’s best for me to write out my schedule earlier the day before instead of right before I go to sleep. I had major insomnia last week. On Sunday night I wrote out my schedule for Monday and blogged from my phone. Once I turned out the light my thoughts were racing and I was too busy thinking (and stressing) about the next day. I don’t think the planning and being online before bed was the only problem. I never sleep well the week before my period. I typically don’t even feel stressed or anxious — just WIDE awake, for HOURS. It’s exasperating. This happened three different times last week, and each time I’d finally drift off a little before 5am. You better believe I didn’t get back up when the alarm sounded at 5:25.
— The other problem I have during my glorious PMS week is fatigue — as in no energy whatsoever. I go through my days feeling like I am going to tip over if I don’t get a nap (the insomnia undoubtedly makes it worse), but it’s not so much that I’m sleepy; my body does not want to move or remain upright. I started two days ago (sorry for all the oversharing, but it’s giving me insight) and I’ve already noticed a surge in energy.
— Oh, the other issue was that my plan to hire a housekeeper to tackle the heavy cleaning is no longer possible. Gil and I examined our budget more closely, and yeah, we really don’t need to shell out cash for cleaning that we can do. I’ve also had to put myself on eating out restriction. We were averaging three meals out a week August – October, so that’s had to stop. Between that and vacation and not paying attention to where our money was going in general, we’ve eaten through the cushion that we’d managed to reserve from my job and a bonus Gil got back in April. One of the items on my list very soon will be getting a grip on spending. Grrrrr. Seriously, Gil and I need a couple of life managers to come live with us. Left to our own devices…well, it’s not the most effective plan.
The upcoming week (which has already begun…)
— I made it to Piers’ parent/teacher conference. Overall it went well, so that’s somewhat of a relief, or it would be if I weren’t chronically anxious — if I get good news I still overanalyze and obsess in my head.
— Zip and Ani, our best friends who moved over a year ago are coming to visit this weekend — hopefully this will light a fire under me and force me to clean the house. Gil thoroughly cleaned the kitchen and the “Men’s Room” over the weekend. I hate the smell of urine and I’m not the one who can’t get it in the toilet, so he’s agreed to be in charge of the boy’s bathroom — he even agreed to teach them to clean it. The feminist in me LOVES this, but the control freak is less than enthusiastic since it is not done to my standards. We had a whole discussion this morning about my disdain for certain cleaning products; Gil is partial to some apple fragrance pine sol — gag me with a toilet brush, while I prefer a more natural option that won’t make us all high from the smell.
— My main goal this week is to write out my schedule the day before.
— I’m back to getting up at 5:30 — did it this morning and plan to continue the rest of the week.
— My bedroom, bathroom and closet need some serious work — so serious that I’m not even comfortable sharing pictures; someone might call social services.
Do you schedule out your day? Does your schedule vary from day to day and if so what tricks to you employ to get your work done? I love to hear how others work/live.