It makes sense to reflect on time in week-long chunks instead of day by day. A span of 24 hours is dominated by sleep and childcare, but over the 168 hours of a week, I might have enough discretionary time to feel more balanced.
What makes a week satisfying? How can I prepare so that I can enjoy satisfying weeks more often?
- Enough rest to engage A- with energy and responsiveness
- Mostly this is about being in tune with myself and understanding my energy levels, so I can make better decisions about staying up late or being on my phone while A- nurses. It’s also good to not be distracted by other needs or desires, so I can be more present.
- A couple of walks and baby activities
- I prefer to stay home when it’s cold and windy, which is okay. When the weather is mild, we usually go to neighbourhood centres so that A- can play with different toys and be around other people. As the weather warms up and A- grows, we’ll expand our range.
- Little stories to share with W-, especially involving close observation
- Helped by energy and rest. Can encourage this by planning activities as well as following A-‘s interests. This will get even better as A- grows, of course.
- Contributions to household maintenance
- Sometimes cooking, if I can pull it off while W- is around. Might be better to focus on cleaning and groceries, though, since those fit better into our current routines.
- Relaxed conversations with W- during evening playtime with A-
- Helped by stories and finished chores.
- An updated journal and weekly review
- Caught up every couple of days, if needed. Helped by text notes and by doing interesting things.
- Emacs News posted
- Monday or Tuesday discretionary time. Pretty straightforward, but I need to spend about 45 minutes of computer time on it.
- Yummy food, no mealtime scrambling
- Could use a little work here. We’ll probably make this smoother as we figure out a new rhythm, especially with batch cooking.
- A little consulting that helps my clients a lot
- Helped by having well-defined, useful, tiny chunks. Best done late at night, maybe sleeping in a bit the next day.
- Thinking through stuff using my phone, not just reading social media updates
- The payoff for reading social media is mostly chatting with W- about tidbits, occasionally interacting, and sometimes hearing about interesting things. Not that much, so I don’t have to scroll down the feeds looking for more. Writing is better for me, although I sometimes get stuck if I haven’t balanced it with some discretionary time for doing things. There’s always more to write and plan, though.
- Maybe even a couple of blog posts, a bit of code, or a small improvement
- Helped by thinking on my phone and by having clear, motivating questions.
- Helped by doing the routine together with W-.
Last week was a satisfying week. If I put some thought into it, I might be able to have even more of them. :) Some things are outside my control, but I can probably stack the deck. Hmm…