January 5, 2016 at 5:47 am #332
I do a time inventory every now and then. This assignment is easy (no thought goes into completing it) but will most definitely get you thinking!
We may think we know how we spend our time, but please dont skip over this assignment. You will use this detailed information later in the course.
And, seeing how (pick an adjective: lazy, distracted, a perfectionist, over committed, etc) we are, in black and white is a bit shocking, yet necessary.
I post mine on the fridge so its easy to fill in.
January 5, 2016 at 8:22 am #335HannHessParticipant
I can see how this would be VERY eye opening and also convicting. I think having it up where we can see “oh I need to fill that in” would also make us want to use our time more wisely so we don’t see later, oh I have 5 hours total facebook and only a half hour of frantic cleaning.. hmmm. Just thinking this morning, I have this great schedule printed out that we never do, it has unproductive time planned but it also has a lot of productive time that is necessary. Maybe using this time inventory and that together will actually get me doing something more than online 😀
January 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm #342RenataMember
This is an interesting assignment. While I plan on doing this now, it is the middle of our summer holidays so we are doing things that are not part of our general routine (such as visits to friends & of course no homeschool). I think I will also redo this once we begin back into our school routine in February. It will be very interesting to see exactly where the time goes! Thanks Jennifer 🙂
January 7, 2016 at 5:13 pm #383ShesewsandmakesmalletsParticipant
When should I start this time-keeping thing? I don’t remember much of yesterday, except I spent 1 to 2 hrs reading the Bible, split between morning and evening (way more than usual) and ‘wasted’ a lot of time going backwards and forwards between school for a sick child.
Today I was asleep till 11am (became ill at 1 am and just got worse), then spent 45 mins trying and failing to get hot water, then had to boil kettles and wash in th kitchen, and spent the afternoon at school in a meeting, then try to find the strength to warm soup for dinner, and just hang in there till my husband comes home at gone 8pm. So not exactly a typical day.
You said we will use the info later on, so I’m wondering how much things like being sick, or having sick kids meaning you can’t go out and do the jobs you were meant to do, would skew things for that future exercise?
I am often sick, often for a week at a time of being out of action. My 14yo has complex health needs and has been ill since Sept on top, with no diagnosis (or treatment) yet, so in a way this kind of thing happens regularly. We don’t have a typical day, it seems, or at least we have not since we finished homeschool and the last one started school in Sept. I keep thinking I find a groove, but then we get landed with masses of meetings, or hospal admissions, or illness, or hospital appointments, or charity work becoming 5x the job it was meant to be.
Do you just want me to do today, tomorrow and the day after even if they include half/whole day in bed, for example, or should I wait till I have a semblance of day which is not dysfunctional?
Sorry, don’t mean to be awkward. Just really like what time I can carve out to be spent efficiently 🙂
January 8, 2016 at 12:08 am #394
If you feel like this week is *completely* off, wait a few days. But if the majority of your days are commonly random, I’d go ahead and do it.
If your sick though, I’d wait.
I pray for heath fit you and your family!
January 13, 2016 at 10:16 am #586Miss_LorrieParticipant
I have Fibromyalgia and there are times when I’m out of action for days at a time, too. What I’m going to do is print off more Time Inventory Charts so I can track my time for a month (or more). I never know what I’m going to have a hard day (I don’t like calling them bad days) and this will help me get an idea of how often I have a hard day in a month. Then, I will make a plan for my good days and another plan for my hard days. If you’re having lots of days when you’re sick, I’d look over my chart and see what I can cut out – at least for now. Hope this helps!
January 13, 2016 at 11:04 am #587
Thank you for posting this! I think this is very wise and a wonderful idea. It will show you how many “good” hours you have each month too so you can plan accordingly.
I pray you have more good days!!
January 13, 2016 at 12:09 pm #592Miss_LorrieParticipant
Thank you Jennifer! And thank you for the chart. It makes tracking my time so much easier.
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