I never gave much thought to schedules before motherhood. Sure, I was punctual and got to work on time, but I was always more of a “go with the flow” type girl when it came down to the events of daily life. Now I would not get anything done without them. You get to a point where it is just too much to remember if you don’t write it down. A schedule doesn’t have to be planned out to the hour (like mine), but finding a way to give yourself concrete goals and direction for each day/week will help you tremendously in managing your life AND stress levels.
Here are two the schedules I use so you can get an idea of what may (or may not) work for you. Since I am off during the summer from my public school job, my current schedule has been a dream!
4:00AM – Wake up to nurse the baby, snooze for 30 more minutes.
4:30AM – Wash my face, slap on some lipstick, and prep for my online classes.
5:00AM -6:30AM – Teach online.
6:30AM-7:00AM -Nurse the baby.
7:00AM-8:30AM -Teach online some more.
9:00AM-10:00AM – Catch an hour nap with the baby if he doesn’t wake up when I get back in bed. *This only happens because I trained my baby to stay up LATE so I could teach longer in the mornings.*
After 10:00AM, the day is spent taking care of the baby, juggling housework, bills, errands, eating, and OCCASIONALLY another nap with the baby around 1PM if I am feeling exhausted. Usually though, I like to take this hour for some “me time” rather than sleep. You know, the finer things in life, like showering with the possibility of shaving my legs.
5:00PM – Baby and Mommy Power Nap!!!
8:00PM – Supper time and then I bathe the baby.
9:00PM – 10:30PM – Daddy gets home and takes the baby while I teach online.
11:00PM – Nurse the baby to sleep, watch 30 minutes of TV to relax (low volume with subtitles…better than nothing).
12:00AM – I finally go to sleep. Rinse, wash, repeat.
I am averaging 6-7 hours per sleep every 24 hours. It is broken into chunks, but it works. Unfortunately, in a few weeks I go back to real life, but I have a schedule for that too!
Regular School Year Schedule:
4:30AM – Wake up and shower for work, pack the daycare bag, and prep any morning classes.
5:00AM – Nurse the baby.
5:30AM -7:00AM – Teach online.
7:00AM – Wake the baby, nurse, and get him ready.
7:30AM – Drop baby off at daycare.
7:45 AM – Arrive at school, pump milk.
8:15AM – Classes begin.
11:45AM-12:15PM – Lunch and pump break. (Yes, I eat while milk squirts out of my body.)
3:15PM-4:00PM (Monday/Wednesday/Thursday) – Evening break. I do lesson planning on Monday. I have been teaching in this position for 5 years now, so most of my planning is done. I also take full advantage of our para and have her make my copies and help grade tests. Other days during the week if I feel exhausted I nap under my desk for 30 minutes. (I have no shame. I have floor pillows and the whole shebang.)
3:15PM (Tuesday and Friday) – I am allowed to leave early since I have a shorter break than the other teachers, so on Tuesdays and Fridays I peace out and spend extra time with my baby.
4:00PM-4:30PM- Work after school tutorials for extra money on MWTh.
3:30PM or 4:45PM – Pick up baby from daycare.
5:00PM – Nurse the baby/ Baby and Mommy Power Nap!!!
6:00PM-7:30PM – We eat supper, relax a little, and then I wash up dishes/throw on some laundry while the baby plays. He is finally old enough to entertain himself for a few minutes.
7:30PM – Bathe the baby.
8:00PM – Nurse the baby to sleep. (He comes home exhausted from daycare and starts sleeping earlier again.)
9:00PM – 10:00PM – Teach online.
11:00PM – I sleep.
I try to average 7-8 hours of sleep during the school year because I honestly need the energy. When I am fatigued, I cut out the night classes and go to sleep early. I DO NOT WORK SATURDAY NIGHTS OR SUNDAYS. NOPE. NOT GOING TO DO IT.
And there you have it, my life scheduled down to the minute. Do I always follow the script? Nope. Life happens. But I try my best to make sure I take care of my baby AND myself each day.