time crunch, epilogue

July 18, 2017

You guys are great 🙂 Thank you for your helpful insights the last couple of posts.  After writing them, I have become more aware of the time I do have (which is actually a good bit!) and am trying to use it better.   I find myself about 9000 more satisfied with my time use if I am:

a) taking time to work out most days
b) NOT spending it on my phone

. . . and the latter has been a challenge for me lately.  Josh has actually been quite an inspiration in this regard — look at his tracking app stats from the last 11 months:

large reduction in screen time and % of awake time spent on phone

huge reduction in pickups – and an increase in (phone-detected) sleep!
He has to respond to texts at work so it’s not like he will ever get to zero, but I am IMPRESSED.  I have had periods of excellent stats and other times when I am spending a hideous percentage of my ‘free’ hours scrolling.  
I do enjoy Instagram (posting + reading), but honestly that’s really the only ‘recreational’ thing I want to use my phone for.  I also tend to get sucked into text message conversations — not that I don’t love my friends (I do!) but I think maybe sometimes I just need to pick up the @#&#! phone and CALL.  I never want to initiate a phone call (EVER . . .) but when I do, I am always happy I did.
Since writing those last two posts and starting to try to make the most (or at least MORE) of my alone hours, I have felt much more at peace.  There has been more reading, more ideas flowing, and just more enjoyment (maybe just due to increased awareness?) of the time I do have.
In other news … I kind of want to start a podcast.  (Because clearly I have time for that, right?  Hahaha).  Unless someone can recommend a great one centered on life as a working woman in the throes of parenthood with young children … suggestions welcome!
Workouts week of July 10-16 
pregnancy week 19

Monday – rest
Tuesday  – treadmill 3.38 mi / 40 min.  6 x 5 min running with 2 min walk breaks.
Wednesday – treadmill 3.6 mi / 42 min.  2 x 10 min running with 2 min walk break, then 3 spurts of ‘faster’ running for 4 minutes each
Thursday – barre3 30 min workout
Friday – rest
Saturday – treadmill 4.07 mi / 46 min.  24 min running (conveniently, an entire episode of Wild Kratts), 3 min walk break, then 0.25 mi x 5 at faster paces
Sunday – rest
totals 11 miles, 1 barre3 workout


  • Reply Sarah March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    What’s the app that he’s using? It looks really helpful!

  • Reply Jordan March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I would love it if you started a podcast! I recently started one for my job so happy to help if you need it. It’s surprisingly simple to get started!

  • Reply Victoria B. March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Modern Mrs. Darcy has a podcast called "What Should I Read Next" that is great. She follows the same format each week, which I really like. I love the book discussions and get tons of ideas for new books to read. I have no connection to MMD, except I found her blog from you.

    Also – check out Our State Magazine July 2017 issue. The little girl on the cover looks like Annabel

  • Reply leebecknell March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I have this idea to start a podcast too! I just haven’t gotten anywhere with it yet.

  • Reply Jess March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I’m a working mom with a four year old and would LOVE to hear a podcast like the one you’re describing. I can’t think of a single podcast where the podcaster is a mom who works outside of the house full time. Everyone is an entrepreneur or stays at home, etc. Which is wonderful and I enjoy those podcasts too, but I’d love to hear the perspective of a work outside the home mom with young kids very much. I’m a silent reader of your blog, but just wanted to speak up and support your podcast idea 🙂

  • Reply RR Gilmore March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I really like the "Girl Next Door" podcast – it’s two former neighbors, one of whom works full time in an office setting and one of whom is currently a stay-at-home mom. They both have young kids. So only half the hosts are working outside the home, but I still feel like it counts!

  • Reply Beth March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I’d love to listen to a podcast from you! Even though my kids are a bit older than yours it’s nice to have found a fellow Mom working a more traditional job and talking about everyday life. It’s why I love your blog! I sometimes think that my experiences could be valuable to others and that I should blog but, truthfully, I don’t think I could deal with the haters that pop up. I appreciate your being better about this and putting your experience out there.

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