1- Starting off my morning with ~15 minutes of non-fiction reading. And a highlighter pen. And coffee (set the night before, of course).
2- Planning the day in my Hobonichi (using the weekly list + calendar items to plan the day). I’ve never been a ‘plan the night before’ kind of person because my head is so much clearer in the morning.
3- Current ‘usual’ workout timing, which is a start time of ~5:45 am – 6 am, and an end time between 6:30 am – 6:45 am most days. I love it when the kids sleep until I’m done showering.
4- Listening to a podcast on the way to work. I usually pick more motivating titles in the AM and more random/fun things in the afternoon. I get great joy out of refreshing my podcast app each morning to see what’s new.
5- READING during lunch. I can’t do this every day (meetings, work, etc) but when I’m able to, sneaking away to read for 30 minutes while eating is the best. I recognize it’s a little anti-social and I probably could be networking but the rest of my job is so social and I’m talking to everyone all of the time, so this break is really nice (and sometimes needed).
6- Largely unplugged kid time after work. I usually get home at 5:45, and from that time until around 7, I get quality time with the kids (just me; Josh is rarely home until significantly later). I love reading to G, playing with her, and having the other two tell me about their days. SOMETIMES there is fighting which makes this more stressful but I am really working on trying to make it a positive slice of our days.
7- Quiet nursing time w/ G at night. I don’t love our morning session as much — she still asks for it so we still do it but honestly I’m usually antsy about the time and my desire to get to work. But the nighttime one is so nice and it is why I haven’t really tried to wean yet. She’s 18 months so I am 5 months beyond where I went with either of the other two. I know it will end sometime (probably relatively soon) so I am trying to savor it.
8- Eating dinner alone or with Josh while the big kids finish watching a show. This feels like a victory lap at the end of the evening 🙂
9- Reading to the big kids at night. We are currently reading The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island. It’s kept them quite captivated considering there’s almost no conflict and is a very peaceful happy story. Annabel’s class read the first book in the series and she has been obsessed since. I’m not sure it’s C’s favorite but he seems to tolerate it.
10- Reading in bed at night. I’m 80% done with Ayesha At Last and I need to pick my next book! If one of my hold picks is available at the library, that will probably determine what I read, or I may dive into one of the titles on my list randomly.
I definitely have routines that are NOT working as well – to delve into in a future post. But routine makes up life, and I am relatively happy with how mine looks right now!
PS: Call is over and looking at my calendar I realized yesterday I only have THREE call weeks left in 2019 even though there are more than 6 months left in the year. I was front-loaded. This makes me very happy and is a very good thing because my GME responsibilities have (obviously) exploded!