With the holidays, Lisa and I kind of got off track with our Simplify Me conversations. But with the New Year, it's time to reevaluate and move forward. I love the New Year for that very reason. It's a good time to check if what we've put into place is working, to tweak as needed, to look again at our goals, and to move forward again.
As we started our conversation, we spent a bunch of time looking at our schedules. You can go here to read my posts and here to read Lisa's--they show up with the most recent first, so you may want to scroll down to the bottom and then read up.
I have schedules on the brain as I get ready to change how my day looks with starting school. Some of the things I'm considering are these:
- When will I spend quality time with the girls?
- When will I do homework? Will my bedtime need to change?
- How can I reduce the time I spend on the computer--since I tend to lose track of time when I'm on it?
- When will I exercise?
- How can I be sure to keep the Sabbath homework free?
- What about household chores?
The last question is the easiest to answer. For the three weeks in January when I'm taking an intersession class (three weeks, class M-F, 9-12:15) Toben is taking over the house--cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping. I will still pack lunches and cook Sunday dinner, but he's taking care of everything else.
Time with the girls is also one I feel good about. During the past few months, we've lost the habit of reading together at breakfast. Not sure why or how, but it seems like we had a few busy mornings in a row--especially when Toben's out of town--and never got back in the habit. I'm committed to getting back in the breakfast routine. (And then when they leave for school at 7:40 I'll get myself ready to leave for school at 8:35.)
Homework is another thing I've been thinking about. I'm planning to stay at the library on campus until the girls come home from school, doing as much homework as I can during the school day. I don't have any idea how much homework to expect (though I know there'll be a lot of reading, given my stack of books!), so I'm not sure how much time I'll need to set aside for homework on Saturdays.
I'm still considering computer time (think I may need to give myself a set amount of time per day and stick with it--no matter what) and when to exercise (maybe on my way home from school?).
And as I think about all these questions, I'll need to reconsider it all again when the Spring semester begins on January 26 and I'll have class on MWF. The chores will revert back to me then and I'll need to figure out when they'll work best.
So, Lisa, before we continue down your list of goals, how's your schedule working? Are you sticking to it? Are there some things that may need to be adjusted?