then do not squander time,
for that's the stuff life is made of.
I've spent the past week pondering today's assignment for the cleaning challenge. Do I want to set up a strict schedule for my days? Can I set up a strict schedule? How much emphasis should I place on work versus cleaning? Am I allowed to schedule personal reading time for myself?
I finally decided that our lifestyle isn't conducive to strict schedules. Hubby works from most mostly but his time at client sites is rarely scheduled in advance. My contract hours vary drastically. Today I was assigned only an hour of work but yesterday I completed three hours, and four hours the day before. Hubby had to work all day last Sunday and thus has a three day weekend starting tomorrow.
Instead of scheduling each hour of my day, I created a list of what I need/aspire to complete and how much time I will commit to each:
- 30 min. of personal Bible study
- 20 min. of Bible study with hubby
- 45 min. of writing - morning pages and blog
- 30 min. research for National Novel Writing Month
- 1-5 hours of contract work, depending on assignment
- 1 hour cleaning
- 30 min. personal reading
Now I can fit everything into whatever work schedule hubby or I might have on any given day. I know I need to complete certain tasks and will organize everything around work. The times listed above are estimates and may change in the future. I think I read more than half an hour each day and sometimes I will only write for twenty minutes. But this rough estimate makes a great starting point.