I woke at two this morning and could not get back to sleep. What was on my mind? Scheduling.
I´ve said before in previous posts (http://allbusiness.com/specialty-businesses/women-owned-businesses/11535-1.html?postId=6824 ) that scheduling is the most difficult part of working at home for me. And with a new baby on the way and a plate full of freelance work right now, on top of my business work that has to be done, I am beginning to panic.
I honestly believed that working at home would be a breeze. I thought that I´d plop down in the middle of the day while my daughter quietly played with her blocks and dolls and I´d get a half hour done here, a half hour done there. Naptimes would be spent pecking at the keys or making phone calls. I´d wake early and go to bed late.
Then reality struck.
If I work at all of those times, not only am I going to be exhausted because I won´t have stopped from 5 AM until 12 PM, but I´ll also not be giving my best to my daughter, my family, or my job.
Besides, my daughter no longer naps, and quiet time, which lasts for about one hour, is not always that quiet.
Lately I´ve been running on steam. So when I woke at two AM I began to create my "new´ work schedule, one that will last until the baby is born, which will, of course, necessitate an even newer schedule.
After only three hours of sleep and three hours of lying awake in bed with my head spinning in circles, I got up, turned on my computer, and created my glorious new schedule. I broke down my day into chunks of time, some of which will be spent with my daughter, some of which will be spent at work. I highlighted cells in different colors to coordinate certain events. I printed two copies of the schedule and posted one on my refrigerator and one in my filing cabinet, so I can go back and refer to it as needed.
Unfortunately for both my daughter and me, she has the same sleep (or non-sleep) issues that plague me. So this morning, as I worked frenetically before the sun rose over the San Gabriel Mountains, she woke an hour ahead of time.
I flicked off the computer, scratched out an hour of work time that I´d missed, and fed her breakfast.
For now, we´ll do what we can and, when we need to, we´ll improvise.
After all, improvising seems to be the key to remaining sane as a work at home mom.