People listen up – working half day does not equate to doing half the work….In fact you do a full days work in half the time. Last week I wrote about the Benefits of a half day JOB
It is not all moonshine and roses. I do the school run mornings and afternoons. There is NO sick day to just lie in bed. The kid needs to get to school and extra-murals so I have to drag my ass out of that bed, in sickness and in health EVERYDAY!
Dudie once told me “Mom, when one is sick you need to stay in bed right?” Me – yes boy. Your body needs to rest so that it can get better. Dudie – well you NEVER get sick hey? I rest my case!
This is what my weekly schedule looks like. It is not cast in stone and on most days we are home way earlier than our schedule predicts.
|Time / period||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|05:00 – 06:00||Wake up and get ready||Wake up and get ready||Wake up and get ready||Wake up and get ready||Wake up and get ready|
|06:15 – 06:45||Get Dudie ready||Get Dudie ready||Get Dudie ready||Get Dudie ready||Get Dudie ready|
|06:45 – 07:00||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast|
|07:00||School run||School run||School run||School run||School run|
|08:00 – 12:30||MOM at work||MOM at work||MOM at work||MOM at work||MOM at work|
|13:00 -14:00||Collect @ School||Squad training – Swimming||Collect @ School|
|13:15 – 14:15||PlayGolf||Home|
|13:30 – 14:30||Private Swimming||Collect @ School
|14:30 – 15:30||Squad training – Swimming||Violin lesson||Private Swimming
|Collect @ School|
|15:30 – 15:45||Home||Home||Home||Home|
|16:00 – 17:00||Homework||Homework||Homework||Homework|
|18:00 – 19:00||Dinner time||Dinner time||Dinner time||Dinner time|
|19:00||Bath time and get ready for bed||Bath time and get ready for bed||Bath time and get ready for bed||Bath time and get ready for bed|
|19:30||Bed time||Bed time||Bed time||Bed time|
The empty spaces in between are reserved for Mom to do a shop run/read/gynae/appointments/etc… Sometimes we get home earlier than anticipated and homework is done by 4pm. On a Friday Dudie doesn’t get homework so when we walk into the house we just plonk onto our beds and just do whatever we please. Certain Saturdays we have sporting fixtures so that means we are on the field, wherever that may be as we do not always play home grounds either, by 7am. Weekends are downtime for family outings/activities/etc.
Some times we manage to squeeze in a walk with the dogs during the week. But basically this is how it goes. By looking at our schedule we were never able to do these things when I worked full time. I used to get home by 6pm and then it was a mad rush to get things done. We are blessed that Dude always gets home by latest 16:00 so when I wasn’t there he would just jump in and cook and start on homework etc. But we also never get time with Dude in the morning as he leaves rather early. Some days I will get up extra early and bake something for breakfast and make him a steaming cuppa just to say thanks. We know he wants to be there but at this stage it’s just not possible. We get the best of him in the afternoons.
Yes we are busy but we love it. In fact I can’t imagine what we would be doing if we just had nothing to do. My day is way more hectic than some of my colleagues who work full time. I just can’t see myself in that rat race again, hence why I wrote Happiness vs my full time salary.
P.S. I am starting to wonder how we will fit in the resident alien’s schedule….