Staying on Schedule
Schools are out or almost out. The month of May is about to bid us farewell. The weather in Nashville has become unbearably hot. All these things point to the rapid approach of our birthdays and there’s lots left to be done. So I decided this past Sunday night to prepare to cross off several list items by crossing off a list item:
26. Create a daily schedule
I don’t work an 8-5. I’m either out on the road, or I’m home; and when I’m home, I sometimes have trouble managing my time. This blog project has helped a great deal: it’s given me a reason to be productive and to get things done that I’ve been intending to do for a long time but probably would have never gotten to had I not had a deadline. My time management has certainly improved, but I’m still not good with time-budgeting on a daily basis. I tend to choose one thing to focus on and then I spend my entire day on that project. For some projects, this isn’t terrible, but some things can’t be done all at once. Like running for example. You can’t prepare to run a 1/2 marathon in one day. You have to put in a little time every day. Several of my remaining goals (the Bach Concerto, conversational Spanish and the Book of James to name a few) are of the little-bit-every-day variety.
Even though I made the schedule two days ago, I launched it this morning. I just got out of the shower from having run 4 miles and had a few minutes left of “shower time” so I decided to get in a quick blog post. Obviously there will be days that I’ll have to adjust if I have a special event, or if I’m on the road or vacation. But for the days when I’m at home and I don’t have any specific scheduled event, I finally have a framework for how to spend my time; one that factors in all the things I want and need to be spending time on every day, and also leaves room for things that might come up unplanned (because, let’s face it, unplanned things ALWAYS come up!)
Bethany’s Daily Schedule
|8:00 AM||Wake Up, Breakfast|
|8:15 AM||Workout: (per training schedule)|
|11:00 AM||Misc Cleaning, Chores, Etc.|
|12:45 PM||Violin Practice|
|2:00 PM||Bible reading|
|3:00 PM||Spanish & James Memorization|
|4:00 PM||Blog/Read/Blog Projects|
|5:00 PM||Cook Dinner & Free Time|
I also created another type of schedule yesterday. I know I said that I was planning on using Hal Higdon’s Triathlon training schedule, and in some ways I still am. But….dum da dum…..I’ve decided to run a second 1/2 marathon. And unfortunately, the 1/2 falls on the exact same day as my triathlon, so obviously something had to be re-scheduled. I found another sprint tri that looked exciting that I’ve decided to do instead….but it’s only 4 weeks away (and the 1/2 is 8 weeks away.) And since Hal doesn’t seem to have a program for simultaneous training for a sprint tri and a 1/2 marathon in 4 & 8 weeks, I took weeks 5-8 of the tri program and married them with weeks 5-12 of the 1/2 program and came up with the program below.
(Sorry it’s a bit fuzzy…there is nothing I love more than a legal pad and a No. 2 pencil.) Am I crazy to simultaneously train for a 1/2 and a tri? Probably. But nothing I enjoy better than a good challenge. Speaking of a challenge….
I’m also working on my caffeine-free week, which by my definition equals: no caffeinated coffees, teas or sodas and no chocolate. I’m on Day 3 of 7 today, so I’m only 4 days away from checking off Number 11!
Question: How do you guys manage your free time?