Today marks the end of my second week not working. Here's a quick recap and what I've learned so far...
My first week went by so fast, there was hardly any adjusting. This past week I was so busy with breakfast and lunch dates, I'm definitely easing in nicely to this (temporary) non-working life. At first I had the feeling...remember when you'd stay home sick from school and it would feel a little weird being out during the day? It feels a little like that. Of course, I've been out during a work day before, but once you start to settle into it being the new normal, you realize there's a whole world of people who are out and about between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
What I've learned so far, two weeks in to being home, is after the first week, you forget about work and work forgets about you. All of those projects and things that were stress points, are just gone. The anxiety about deadlines or prepping for big meetings goes away very quickly. Next, the constant stream of work email is now filled with taking more time to go through your personal junk & spam email. You forget that you used to be tied to your phone 24/7 to be "on call." The other thing I have learned, is that the days FLY by. Before I know it, it's 4:30 p.m. and I have to get dinner started and ready for the night time routine.
All of this "time" I thought I'd have, goes by really really fast. I need to get a handle on things and prioritize what I want to accomplish during my time at home so I feel like I'm making the most of it. I haven't even had the chance to get my post-its out and brainstorm my way into better parenting (see previous post for context). Open to tips and tricks for those who have mastered being productive while being home.
My goals for the next two weeks are first, to have tons of fun with my kids, as the weather warms up. And second, to finally get to my house "clean & fix" list, that I so diligently prioritized in a spreadsheet a few months ago. So Spring cleaning here I come...at some point soon.