Where My Creative Energy Went Today


I know this looks psycho, but I’m losing time here, and this is the way I try to tie it up a bit and use it how I want to. If I’m not intentional, I’m a knot on a log.

PS: So far today, I’ve completely ignored this schedule, or I’ve rearranged it for real life. I just need to be able to tell the boys what time it is, so we don’t sail mindlessly through the day. I also need to tell myself that it’s not computer time yet – to hold off.

How do you get a grip on your day and squeeze it for all the juice it’s worth?

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*UPDATE for Clarity* This  is a suggestion toward a ROUTINE that suits me and my family, and in no way should you think this is what is right for you. Nobody is allowed to compare her chaos to mine. I win. I win in crazy and messy, too, so if I post my dream schedule, don’t think that if you catch me taking a shower in the evening that I’m going to feel bad about it. I think an evening shower sounds lovely. Sometimes the rebel girl just needs a little help.

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12 Comments

Kelly Langner Sauer
Reply April 21, 2010

how do I get a grip now? I get up and stay up at 5 when the baby wakes to feed. then I'm not chasing myself around all day.

this looks incredibly helpful. i'm about two weeks away from getting to this, but seriously. i need it.

kendal
Reply April 21, 2010

There's juice???? Really, I make lots of lists. A new one for each day. If I happen to accomplish something, I check it off. That's supposed to release some sort of nice hormone.

Kristen@Moms Sharpening Moms
Reply April 21, 2010

I have a schedule like you do! It's the only way I stay intentional and focused on all that comes with family and work. But then comes strep and bronchitis and colds (all at the same time, thank you very much) and my schedule is scrapped! That's just life, I guess!

Joy
Reply April 21, 2010

I went from being a schedrule-lover to a schedrule hater and now I find myself working back around to it and learning to love 'intentional time' (love how you put that!) focusing...I was getting lost and very discouraged and have found that actually putting pen to paper makes me think it through in a much healthier way. And there for a while I just wrote down everything I actually accomplished in a day so that I could 'see' it...so easy to lose sight in the general goofy craziness of homeschooling and all that.

nic
Reply April 21, 2010

Oh, geez. When I saw "hymns," I burst out laughing. Only because I remembered how gloriously I failed at singing hymns with them when Jude asked me if that was my sick voice. Um, no, Jude, but I love you anyway. :)

You're a good, good mama.

Amber
Reply April 21, 2010

I cycle, too, but like Kristen, we've had a long bout of sickness around here coupled with some intense paperwork and a freelance job. All of that added up to chaos at every turn. Not cool.

I need that happy little hormone that check-marking brings,

and, yes, there's juice :)

Sara Sophia
Reply April 21, 2010

If you actually get up at 4:45--I'm sorry but, we can't be friends anymore.

:P

SERIOUSLY.

(I'm a night writer--
and I most often hit publish at three a.m., I kid you not)

Amber
Reply April 21, 2010

I told you I'm a freak show. If I stay up late, I'll still wake early, but just to be clear: I only made this schedule today to help me get our lives back. I haven't actually lived this out in a good while.

Also, I've found that if I go to bed by 10, I'll sleep all night long. If I stay up, some sort of pioneer day adrenaline kicks in, and I can stay awake hatefully for days and nights on end. I'm the kind made for night watches, but when the day roles around, I'm a terror. Sleeping is the right choice for me, and waking early is so nice. My brain does well first thing. It's not cluttered.

Corinne
Reply April 21, 2010

I'm so inspired by your wakeup time! And your bedtime... man I need to get to bed earlier.

Cassie Boorn
Reply April 21, 2010

I agree with Sara I saw 4:45 and went WHAAAAAT

I drag myself out of bed at 6:30 am and my brain doesn't kick in for another hour. And one pot of coffee later :)

suzanne
Reply April 22, 2010

Oh this looks like a great schedule! And real life does interfere with our wants/desires, doesn't it? It's wonderful that you are intentional with your kids, because you are right, if you aren't, then these things DON"T happen. When you have them in the forefront of your mind, at least they are more likely to happen than not. Know what IS important and what's not.....that's the kicker.

Suzanne

Danielle
Reply April 24, 2010

I had to laugh at this because I made myself a similar routine to get us through the winter. I just threw it away because we weren't following it and we're outside now all morning, so I don't have to have the morning activities. It's definitely helpful for me to have a flow to the day, and my boys too, I think.

But seriously, kuddos to you for planning to get up so early! I really need to get up before six, because it seems I'm always interrupted by the boys (when I'm spending time with God). I just need to do it!

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