Day 11 – Work From Home: Today Went By Really Fast

Career, Lifestyle, Productivity

I don’t know why but today went by incredibly fast. I have heard from some that their days are slow but that hasn’t been the case for me. What about you all working from home? Have your days been a blur? Or a slow drain?

I finally got hooked on posting on Instagram. I figured that there will be a time again where I’ll be at the office all day again and away from the girls so I am posting a ton of photos and posts there. To my discovery, Instagram is very efficient blogging. Plus it’s a happy escape.

My routine has gotten better. One challenge is girls not listening when they need to. Who can blame them? Home is to relax & chill. Don’t get me wrong. They’ve been so good and it’s fun being close to them. Not fun to do my work on my tiny laptop. Sometimes the server is slow. Hate that.

Anyhow. Here was schedule for today

6:30 – wake up shower dress, log in and work.

8:00 – girls wake up. Last night we were not good at putting them to bed on time. The morning was a bit challenging. Usually they cry and fuss a lot when they wake up for the day but later get over it once they eat breakfast.

9:00 – we went to the school to pick up breakfast, we were late so we turned around and head back home.

9:30 – Vivi begins working on her ST math and Lexia

11:30 – we head to the school to pick up lunch This time, we had to wait in our cars. I still had to park my car, walk over to drop off Vivi’s assignments and pick the new ones for the week. We got to see her kindergarten teacher from a safe social distance away. She is GREAT. I miss her and very glad she organized each daily assignment.

12:00 – lunch! Girls had cheeseburger, baked beans, pear, juice & chocolate milk.

12:30 – I send the girls outside to play for 90 minutes. They were so happy.

2:00 – I told them it was naptime. Did they stay in bed? Nope. But they did quiet time.

3:00 – Here I told Vivi it was time to do schoolwork. Plus the homework for today. She did it! Work was getting easier to wrap up so I could spend more time helping her. Tori also did an activity as well.

5:00 – done for the day with work. When I’m driving or feeding girls, that’s when I’m not on the laptop working.

5:30 – virtual workout with my personal trainer. In person the workouts are 2x a week for 30 minutes but he thinks to maintain same momentum and results, virtual workouts need to be 3x a week. Same price per week though.

6:00 – begin tidying up living room & kitchen

6:30 – Dave’s home!

7:00 – feed girls. After that they wanted to watch a movie.

8:30 – girls in bed. Made myself some corn to eat.

9-10:00 – honestly don’t know where the time went. I showered and it’s 10:05. I’m ready for bed. Goodnight.

Day 2 Work From Home COVID-19 Recap

Career, Family, Productivity

Same routine as yesterday only that I stayed logged on 1 hour longer, 6:30am-5pm. Girls started eating breakfast at 8am, they did some activities, watched YouTube, and then we went over to the school to pick up lunch at 11am.

The school breakfast and lunch is federally funded during periods of national emergency and available to all schoolchildren for free. One of my biggest worries as a working parent needing to stay home during COVID-19 was how to make sure my kids get a good lunch without taking more time away from work during the lunch hour. School lunch solves that. Huge time saver for mom, healthy for kids, and everyone’s happy for the rest of the afternoon. When kids are fed, they don’t get in bad moods and disrupt you while working. Go to your school district’s website to find out more about this program during school dismissal.

5:30pm I had personal trainer come over. Generally on Tuesday’s he comes at 6:30pm but being home this week, I asked him to come one hour earlier. I’ve been working with my trainer for over a year, I only exercise 2x week for 30 minutes on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. The workouts are intense so sometimes I’m done in 15 minutes. I honestly don’t have time to exercise more than that per week as a working parent. My trainer over the time we’ve been working together, has shown how we can get effective workouts in the comfort of our own homes without needing to go to the gym. It’s also a huge time saver, not needing to get dressed, haul kids in car and then go to the gym. More info on personal training here https://www.thumbtack.com/ut/salt-lake-city/personal-trainers/lionstrong-fitness-llc-salt-lake-city-trainer/service/272584301285934328

I stayed online a bit longer going over some written procedures to train a colleague in the next few days and it has to be done online instead of at the office.

I am a huge advocate of detailed, step by step written procedures. Procedures are very important for audit and business continuity purposes. Most workplaces, you sit and watch someone prepare a process but often that is not effective, especially during times like this where people have to stay home, or worse quarantined and can’t make it to work at all for 2 weeks. 2 weeks is half of the work month!

Having step by step procedures may seem redundant and I would say a lot of people hate writing them. I cannot emphasize enough about having good written procedures, especially in a pandemic where things must be completed regardless. Please have procedures for crucial tasks because you don’t know if you will have half of your team show up or not. Good writing with good screen shots please. Your procedures need to ensure no steps are missed and that a person can successfully complete the task on their own even without having done the procedure before. Procedures should be reviewed annually and when someone new is working on the procedure.

Anyhow, that’s all what I have on my mind today. Think about business continuity during COVID-19 at your jobs.

What Working Parents Can Learn from Kobe Bryant

Career, Productivity, YouTube

It’s been 1 month since Kobe Bryant’s passing, and here is one video I’ve found to be helpful. Here, Kobe explains that getting enough sleep is important for peak performance. In order to be effective for all the hours we are awake in the day, we need to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

Yes getting enough sleep is hard with young kids on top of trying to get up to get to work on time. Still, do all you can to prioritize your sleep! Your body needs it. In fact, your body will cave in for sleep before it caves in for food. How Long Can You Go Without Sleep? Function, Hallucination, and More

Get enough sleep and you will be able to handle your obligations at work as well as at home.

Give thanks when you wake up each day, because we are never guaranteed our tomorrows. RIP Kobe.

The Power of Sleep!

The Real Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms

Career, Lifestyle, Organization

Forget about it! 

My house is not clean everyday.  Work gets busy and other priorities take precedence.  No one’s coming over, cleaning can wait!

Your home should be clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

When do I clean? Certainly when people are coming over to visit. Once I know I’m expecting visitors, I schedule that on my calendar.  During the week I can plan ahead of when I need to get in gear for cleaning my house before people come over.  No one needs to see a dirty house, and sometimes, visitors can wait too.

President’s Day Recap

Family, Lifestyle, Productivity

On Sunday, Vivi already started to plan on what to do for our day off together

  • Breakfast
  • Park
  • Lunch
  • Play
  • Go Home
My kiddo getting into the habit of planning!

And we did just that yesterday, President’s Day 2020!

The girls

It was a well-needed break from the hectic routine of girls in daycare and school and me away at work.

I asked Vivi before bed about what was her favorite part of the day.

“Spending time with you!” Aw, why thank you. 🙂

The Real Basics of Time Management for Busy Moms

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I think a lot of moms think that because life with kids is so hectic, nobody can expect them to be on a timeline. Effective time management (“Planning”) is extra important when you’re this busy with kids.

Planning is not about using a specific planner (although a planner with daily, weekly, and monthly layouts can do a lot). Planning is about learning to use one calendar only and make it into one focused tool. You do not need a separate calendar for school, another one for work, kids etc. Planning systems like the block schedule, or week at a glance with half hour increments will not be as effective until you know what your month looks like first.

My goal with planning is to make sure that upcoming events I’m trying to fit in doesn’t cause big conflict with my full time job, children’s school schedule, or vacation I already planned for.

If you do not already have a planner with 12 month layout, print out 12 sheets of the monthly calendar from January-December. You can search monthly calendars online or search for a calendar template in Excel. Make selection, then print. Then grab a pen!

How I Plan My Month to Month

What goes on in my planner!

I begin writing things down for month to month for the entire year of 2020 plus the first 3 months in 2021.

I do all of this in the exact order:

  • Work Schedule – anything in the month where I know I must be at the office and days where I should not miss work, arrive later, or leave early. In my case, it’s month-end close! On month end, I can be at the office from 8:30am-9pm. For February 2020, it was Feb 3rd through 7th, labeled as “D1-D5” on my calendar. I do this for the whole 12 months, because business days can land on a different day of the week each month.
  • Bank Holidays – any holiday where your company is closed or little activity going on at work. I like knowing bank holidays for my job because when the Federal Reserve Banks are closed, all other banks, including online banks I work at don’t have daily work to prepare and review. I definitely do plan taking those days off. I prioritize that time to be with my kids. My kids need a break too from school & daycare to be with me at home.
  • Kids School Schedule – most school districts do have their calendars published online for the current school year and upcoming school year. Write ALL those dates down for the next 12-14 months.

Once I have those 3 things hashed out for the whole year, it’s really easy to plan everything else that comes up! Dental appointments, pediatrician, school carnival, parent teacher, jury duty, church, Airbnb hosting etc.

I encourage everyone to give this a try, let me know how this works for you!

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