I've spent the last two weeks making as much progress on work goals as possible, knowing that once my daughter was home on a daily basis, I would need to make some adjustments. Although I'm not someone who is wedded to a rigid daily schedule, I do have daily goals that structure my day, particularly during the week. My daughter is no longer a toddler who needs each moment of the day orchestrated for her -- in fact most of the time, she's just as happy when I leave her to her own devices (her iPad, her phone, her Kindle, the TV and remote control) -- but I enjoy having her around. Consequently, I don't want to be so wrapped up in my own to-do list that I miss opportunities to do things with her.
A few weeks ago, I started "sprinting." My allotted sprint time has been roughly two hours after I get up, about an hour and a half after my daughter leaves for school. I ease into the day, do a few of the online things that would otherwise start calling to me when I'm staring at a blank page, then settle into a chair in front of my laptop. It has worked well, in no small part because there's a small group of us #writingwithRamona, checking in with one another and holding each other accountable.
I'm hoping this sprinting is the key to achieving some sense of balance this summer. Although I hope to continue to sprint early in the day, the hour floats and can be dropped into the day anywhere. (Already it has begun to linger overhead like a dark cloud on the days I have not squeezed it in). The specific chunk of time gives me a sense of completion; even if I haven't finished my project, I've gotten concentrated work time in, so I can walk away guilt-free. I've done what I set out to do.
I know that all-too-soon, I won't have the option of hanging out with my daughter in a lazy summer sort
How about you? How does your life change once summer vacation begins?