Well, it’s not 5 am right now. After doing that for a week (?) or so, I’m not sure that’s exactly what I need to do. Not right now, anyway.
I love being able to feel accomplished in the morning. However, if I get up too early and start moving around, my son wakes up. Then he’s tired during the day and is cranky the whole time. Plus, I’ve noticed that my energy and appetite have gone down. When I was making a point to wake up at 6 am, I still had plenty of time to wake up and get breakfast ready. And my son didn’t wake up much earlier than usual, if at all. I may not have gotten work done before breakfast, but I didn’t get irritable during the day because I wasn’t so tired.
And I really liked taking a couple hours in the afternoon to work just for me. I like not having to rely on my husband to get up and take over with the child for a while (he has such a physical job that he needs all the rest he can get), but I really enjoy having a set time to take a break from being super-mom. Maybe it’s selfish, but maybe it’s just self care.
I think I should go back to my previous schedule, but I’m only going to work from 3-5 pm instead of 2-5 pm. 2 hours is enough time for me to both decompress and get some work done. And that’s another hour of sleep for my husband.
I also want to plan some of my to-do tasks out into my week. Then, I won’t really need to think about them. I’ve generally decided that Sunday should be my day to plan out the week, so I’ll get into more detail tomorrow. I’ve also kind of decided to go through bills on Fridays. That was yesterday, and I didn’t do that. So I’m going to quickly go through anything absolutely necessary, and I can focus more on that tomorrow.
I must say, though, I’ve had it in my schedule to only spend 15 min on dishes a day. But every day. Consistently doing this has my dish counter nearly cleaned off. Sometimes 15 minutes is too long! Doing this every single day has really helped my life.
I just need to be careful not to let not working in the morning negatively affect my business. I think I’ll be fine, though. But this is probably not the last schedule change for me. “All things change,” I have to remember that.