Hello, friends. I started my college classes a mere three days ago, though it feels like a lifetime. I’ve been steadily busy from sunup to long past sundown. I knew it would be that way, which is why I reviewed the teaching in Phylicia Masonheimer’s excellent Driven Women Productivity Course. I received the course as part of a bundle, so it was steeply discounted. She has a free version available through email subscription. The free version, combined with her Productivity highlight on Instagram, are more than enough to get you set up. The paid version has much more detail on things like how she sets up her morning and evening routine, what to do when your routine is interrupted, or you are tired, or when you need to ask for help, etc. I found that I liked the paid version better as I needed some of those sessions.
I have been able to keep up with the laundry, the errands, keep the house picked up and clean (even the bathrooms!), dishes done, preschool lessons done, etc. all while staying ahead of my coursework. But it’s only been three (very long) days. I don’t currently feel like I can sustain this pace. I know from many, many years of experience that this feeling is absolutely normal when starting a new class, a new routine, new schedule, and so on. It’s that “feeling like drinking from a fire hose” that gradually subsides as you get a grasp on the new normal and/or the new information.
I already saw that my schedule needs a few tweaks. For example, we pick up groceries on Monday. That typically means a 35-45 minute drive into town, at least an hour in store, and then 35-45 minutes back. I also decided to schedule cleaning the bathrooms for that day. I can now sincerely tell you that, because I do not enjoy grocery shopping or bathroom cleaning, and I especially do not enjoy bathroom cleaning when it’s been awhile or when I’m already tired (like after shopping), it is a bad idea to schedule cleaning the bathrooms on that day. Then there are a few other things, like moving around when I wash the various loads of laundry, how I schedule budgeting updates, and so forth. I think that I will put “input receipts” on my evening routine and make that a separate task from “update budget”, as the latter task actually includes balancing the registers in GnuCash. Another tweak would be making “wash sheets” something that happens bi-weekly rather than weekly, and perhaps cleaning one area of the house every other day, Monday – Friday, rather than every day. I’m really not sure yet, until we test it all out and find what works.
That’s all for now – none of the links are sponsored, but I do encourage you to check out at least the free email course if you are struggling to find a routine that works for you.
Have a lovely week.