Coming Up For Air

I have been working from home for two weeks now and I have discovered that I’m not very good at it.  Actually, the problem is that I’m REALLY good at it.  I sit down at my desk and I crank out content and sales and emails for HOURS.  But that’s why I’m not very good at it.  I sit there for so long that I don’t get anything else done.

I haven’t done a load of laundry in two weeks.

I haven’t cooked dinner in two weeks.

I haven’t written a blog post here in days.

And, most importantly, I haven’t hung out with my kids very much.  They are being pretty good about that, but I can tell they are bored.  They want to go and do things, but it’s just not that kind of summer this year.  I try to make time for them by taking significant breaks to hang, but then I end up not going back to work for the rest of the day.  I just can’t find a balance.

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I put this issue out there on Instagram and received an overwhelming reply from my imaginary friends that I needed to try chunking my time in blocks.  I went out last week to try and find one of those planners with the hourly break down every day, but I couldn’t find one I liked.  So, I came home and found a really cute on one Pinterest and thought I would just print one every day for a while and see if I even used it.

Turns out, I didn’t like it at all.  Not because of the time chunking but because it was on paper.  So, I took my Google calendar and started using the Day view for hourly scheduling, instead of using the monthly view where I was just listing big picture targets and deadlines.  I’ve been using it this week and it is helping a little bit.  But I’m still not stopping to look at my dang calendar!  This afternoon, I got smart and set alarms to go off when I was supposed to change activities.  Hoping that helps tomorrow a bit.

(If you want to try the paper ones I found, here’s what they look like, and here is the link where you can download them. I think they are adorable!)

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planner 3Actually, not tomorrow because both Chris and I are taking the day off to have a family day at the beach.  We have had a big week in our house and we both are exhausted and excited and going 90 miles an hour.  We thought stopping to hang out together as a family doing something completely not work related would be good for all of us.

This morning was a little bit of a break, too, because we woke up with no power for hours!  And since I only have a desktop at home during the day (Chris takes the laptop to work with him every day), I was completely dead in the water for work.  So, we used the morning to take care of some office things I have been needing to do.  I found two really great paint samples.  I think I like the lighter one.  We are just painting one wall and the other three will be white.

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(The color I am picking is “Sausalito Sky” by Glidden.)

I also picked out a desk at Ikea that I love.  I found one very similar on Amazon, but I was afraid it was going to be too small.  It was nice to be able to sit down at it and try it out before buying.  I can’t wait to put it together!

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And I picked out a new fan… not a chandelier, much to my disappointment.  After being in the room for two weeks now, it is WAY too hot in here to not have a ceiling fan.  I have giant windows that let in beautiful light, but they also let in sunshine all day long, making it really stuffy.  So, I found a pretty fan instead.

But the great compromise has been Chris agreeing to get rid of the couch in here.  It is just too big and if this is going to become our ClassMax hub, we just need a little more room.  So, we have to figure out how to haul this ginormous thing downstairs this weekend.  Stay tuned for that hilarity, I’m sure.

So, that’s where I am and where I’ve been this week.  Learning to balance.  Learning to prioritize.  And learning to give myself grace when I don’t do it well.  Any of your ideas for how to have a productive, balanced work day at home would be really appreciated in the comments below!!!

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