Sunday, November 24, 2013

Not Enough Time



I’ve been struggling to get everything done, and frankly, I’m failing at it. It’s just difficult, because for 2 days each week I leave my house by 6:30 a.m., and the best-case scenario has me home by 9:30. So the other 3 days are me prepping for and recovering from those two days, then by the time the weekend is here, I’m exhausted and spend a day doing very little. Little enough that the next day would require constant work, and frankly, I can’t do it. I just lack the ability to push through a day of cleaning, cooking, and studying. 

Things are particularly hectic because we just had two weeks where people visited us for the weekend. While I LOVE the people who visited, and enjoyed their visits, it’s just awkward doing things like mopping the floor or vacuuming when entertaining.

BUT, I have learned some multitasking tricks that go beyond “ask the husband to do most of this”. They’re below:


  1.   If you have a washing machine and a dishwasher, load and run them, spend 10 minutes quickly wiping down surfaces, vacuum the worst areas, and get a roast in the oven. Okay, anything automated makes me feel super-productive. While the washing machine and dishes are cleaning my laundry and dishes, I’ve vacuumed and wiped down the counters. And I’ve found that when we’re busy, roast are a great way to make sure that dinner WILL make it to the table. Protip: Pull the roast out of the fridge and let it hang out on the counter so that it’ll be room temperature by the time it goes in.
  2. Once the roast is in the oven, use any extra time to make coffee and breakfast. This way, it provides a built-in break so that you don’t end up exhausted and burnt out, AND when the dishwasher or washing machine is done, it’ll signal that the break’s up.
  3. Switch the laundry over, finish Vacuuming and take care of something selfish. Usually I watch something that’s been DVR’ed while I paint my nails. The idea is to  another break after vacuuming but still get something crossed off your “to do” list. At some point around here, the roast should be done. Protip: use the dust attachment on your vacuum to dust.       
  4. Do the worst one. You’ve just done something indulgent. Now take care of the thing you don’t want to. For me, this is homework (It’s not about the subject matter, it’s more of a core concept of having homework). I work on a bunch of different sections (it’s accounting, so there are different accounts/financial statements or tax schedules. I work on one until I hate its’ guts, then work on another one. I typically have a face mask on while I do this, so at least I’m also doing something that makes me feel pretty. I know. I’m vain). Do something to make it less miserable if possible. 
  5.  Do something easy or pleasant. This is when (if I haven’t broken down and went down a rabbit hole in the internet), I head to the gym. It’s usually on my to-do list, and I feel freaking amazing afterward. I do all my errand on Thursday afternoons, but if you’re going out, I’d suggest doing your errands as well.
  6.   Do any other assorted tasks. The idea is to go for volume here. Do quick tasks. Make marinades for the week or larabars. Wash vegetables, fold & put away the laundry, put away the dishes, pay bills online. The idea here is that the “running in place” chores, like laundry and vacuuming are done, and the chore you were dreading is done, so now you want to focus on getting everything else done so you can enjoy your next day, and maybe get ahead on your week.


The next day, I make sure my clothes are clean and prep my meals for the week.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Getting Things Done

I've decided to do a Whole 60, mainly because I haven't been eating enough vegetables, and haven't been seeing the full energy benefit of the program. I've signed up for a gym, and will be going on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and at least one weekend day (unfortunately I have class on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I can't really space out trips to the gym, as I'm gone from home from 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.).

In terms of getting things done, I've been running errands for the week after work on Thursday (I can flex time and leave early on Thursday and Friday). I've been doing my internet-ing while watching TV, and doing chores on the commercials. It's been working fairly well, as the smaller things that can really add up have been taken care of (I've hard boiled eggs, gone through mail, unloaded the dishwasher, changed over the laundry, made tea, frozen avocados, and baked chicken during commercial breaks. Yay multitasking!) I've also been listening to audiobooks while folding laundry and unpacking boxes upstairs.

I have noticed that when I start the day off, if I stop and sit for more than 20 minutes in the first 3ish hours that I'm up, I tend to get really bad sinus headaches, and the whole day is spent lying on the couch, which happened yesterday ( and the past 3 Saturdays in a row). So now it's a matter of making myself keep going for at least a few hours each morning I'm off. While it takes a significant amount of willpower, those few hours end up with my being super-productive.