Working Discipline

Now that I’m working from home, I have a flexible schedule, but I’m realizing the importance of having a schedule nonetheless.  The major challenge in sticking to a schedule is dealing with my son.  He’s almost two.  Because of the kid factor, my schedule is more of a general guideline with a few goals to accomplish.  I try to keep it to three main tasks a day, but will go up to five if need be.  However, anything beyond that is mission impossible, and just setting myself up for a bad day.  This is my rough guideline for each day.

7:00 -  Wake up, make breakfast.  Hustle hubby off to work, and daughter off to school.

8:30 – Make breakfast for self and son.  Check email.

9:00 – Go for walk with friend.  Enjoy social time with another living adult while kids play.  (This is key to healthy development for my son and keeping my sanity.)

11:00 – Make lunch and get son settled; nap time follows shortly after.

12:00 – Research and write.  Take periodic breaks to rest eyes and attend to son.

5:00 – Pick up daughter.

After that it’s dinner, family time, bedtime, then I’m back on the computer to write some more, but that’s mostly for me.  Somewhere in there I always find time to chat with friends.  The schedule can vary drastically some days, but I take it in stride.  My main goals each day always include writing a page or more, one household task, and my son.  Occasionally I call in a sitter so I can attend meetings or just get out on my own, and I don’t feel guilty for doing so.


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