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.