It’s apparently Time Management Tuesday over here!
Last month, I did a TIME MANAGEMENT post with Q&A and there were SO MANY QUESTIONS, that we had to make it two parts. So, if you missed PART 1, you might want to go back and read that one again before today’s post…where I’m going to answer more questions plus give a little outline of my daily schedule (well, sort of…).
I just really love this quote. I really do think most of what I get accomplished in a day comes from that darn routine.
Now, here was my biggest takeaway from the first post…WE’RE ALL STRUGGLING TO FIND TIME AND TO MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT WE HAVE.
I think about this silly quote ALL THE TIME and it ALWAYS makes me laugh because…why does it often feel like she has more time than me?! RIGHT?!
Basically, I just want to reiterate that I’m over here on the struggle bus too just trying to be a good mom, good wife, good employer, good friend…good person who manages her time well. So, I feel a little silly answering more questions, but if it helps/makes you feel better/gives you an idea/makes us a community, then let’s do it. If you still have questions after today’s post, refer back to POST #1 because I bet I answered it there!
Sometimes…and I always regret it. Anytime I tell myself “just 10 more minutes”, typically throws the rest of my routine off. I really try hard to stay on task, but sometimes, I do try to squeeze in a bit more.
Oh for sure I do! Years and years and years ago, my mother-in-law, and I were chatting about big families. Andrew and I were each raised in a two-kid household, so the idea of having 3 or 4 kids was a little scary for us. I clearly remember her telling me that yeah, you’ll have less time with twice as many kids but you’ll also get so many other blessings that you never would have had with only two. YES!!! Here’s what I can say, I do my best. When I lay my head down at night, I know that I did the best I could with each of them under whatever circumstances were presented to me that day and that has to be enough. Satan loves to make us feel guilty, but he’s the father of lies…God gives us grace and love and peace…and as long as I’m really trying to do my best, I should be proud. Just do your best. Whatever that is…I truly think if you’re trying your hardest and doing your very best, your kids will know that.
This question was similar so I wanted to answer it too…for me, I try and carve out time for my kids that is special to their personalities. Kensington wants me to talk to her. She’s very verbal and chatty. Smith wants me to do something outside with him. He wants to go for a run with me, go fishing, play basketball…he wants me outside with him, Ashby wants to “go” with me. Ashby loves a trip to the grocery store with just mom. She loves being the only kid in the car. And Madeley wants to cuddle. Mades wants us to turn on a show, sit down under a blanket and cuddle. So, I know this about them and try to incorporate that into little daily things. For instance, every morning at 7:10, Smith and I go outside on the driveway and play fetch with Poppy and Yankee. We don’t even talk about it anymore, it’s just understood that he’ll get dressed for school while I clean up the breakfast dishes, we’ll grab tennis balls and play fetch. It’s our little time each morning.
Yes! I still never wake up at 4:10…my alarm always wakes me up. The hardest part is getting out of bed. Once I’m up with a cup of coffee in my hands, I’m golden.
I love running in the morning because that’s just for me. I also love reading at night. Both of these things are easy daily ways to take time for myself. I also love grabbing a Starbucks and walking through Target or Hobby Lobby when I have a minute…just taking that 10 minutes can really energize me for the rest of the day.
I don’t think it takes much to make yourself feel efficient in the morning. Just waking up early and getting your workout in can make you feel so productive! It really doesn’t take much to get a sense of accomplishment when it’s 6:00 AM and the dishwasher is empty and you’ve sat down with coffee for a few minutes. I think I learned with kids that I need that time even more.
Ha! Well for two reasons, one, it’s boring and two, it’s hard to hold the phone and take a pic while you’re cleaning! I know some people think I’m flat out lying when I say this…but ANYONE who knows Andrew and me know…WE ARE CRAZY NEAT FREAKS. Seriously, I’m sure one day, there will be four adult Shull kids lined up in therapy explaining how they have nightmares over their obsessively tidy parents from their youth. We are just constantly picking up and cleaning around here. My mom and mother-in-law are both the same way, so we come by it naturally. My mom always wanted a house where someone could stop by and you have no embarrassment letting them on in. That’s what I think too! Sure, they might see a basket of laundry out or a homemade fort, but for the most part, we just clean up when we’re done and have taught the kids to do that too. If anything, we’re over-structured and strict, and it’s not always our best quality…but we do have a tidy home. Andrew and I both probably need to chill out a bit.
Yes! I have a calendar for all of our family things, one for Mix and Match Travel Agency and then two for my blog content (see video from first post). I like to keep everything separate verses all in one as it keeps me more focused and organized.
I’m a mean mom.
My kids would probably say that some days.
Seriously, play and have fun but when you’re done, clean it up. If you don’t clean it up, I’m not happy about it. I don’t care how big your mess is…just whenever you’re done, clean it up.
I shower but don’t wash my hair…with certain exceptions. For the most part, I don’t feel like I need to wash my hair after for what I do (work from home, hang out with four kids), so I can make do with my hair and save the time. You should read my DRY SHAMPOO REVIEW 🙂 .
Okay, so many of you wanted me to write out my daily schedule for you…and I can give you the basics, but daily, I have to add in a bit of flex time for those random things you do that aren’t every day, but you need to incorporate them throughout the week (like grocery shopping, running a kid to speech therapy, a dentist appointment, etc). Here’s a really rough outline for those of you who are curious!
4:10: WAKE UP, COFFEE, QUIET TIME, CATCH UP ON EMAILS/A BIT OF WORK
5:30: WORKOUT/CHECK EMAILS/BLOG ONE MORE TIME
6:30 WAKE UP KIDS, DO THE BREAKFAST/MAKE LUNCH/CRAZY MORNING THING
8:00 DROP OFF KIDS, SHOWER AND GET DRESSED FOR THE DAY
8:45 SIT DOWN AND WORK FOR THE REST OF THE DAY HOWEVER…
I often build in a few minutes on days to do these things: volunteer at my kids’ school, take to therapies, run by and grab groceries, get my nails done, meet someone for lunch, run to Target, etc…not every day, but when I do need to do something, I can carve out an hour during this time to do it.
2:50 CLOSE UP SHOP AND STOP WORKING (with the occasional phone call scheduled for later on some days)
3:10 PICK UP KIDS AND BEGIN THE AFTER SCHOOL HUSTLE OF HOMEWORKS, SPORTS, EMPTY DISHWASHER, DO SOME LAUNDRY, MAKE DINNER
SPORTS AND/OR FAMILY TIME ALONG WITH DINNER (which we’re having later these days…most nights at 7:00)
8:30ISH KIDS TO TO BED, I READ A BOOK
10:00ISH GO TO SLEEP
Obviously, this is just a rough outline, but I hope it gives you enough of an idea to help! In the meantime, I love that we’re a community all trying to just do our best…even though we’re not Beyonce. I just want to make sure you guys know, every single day, I feel like I could have done more/wish I had more time. If you think you’re the only one struggling to manage everything you have to do along with things you WANT to do, just know, you’re not alone.
Okay, are there other routines in my life you’d me to blog about in the future? Comment and let me know! One very last thing…