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What a Schedule! (random thoughts about stuff)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I have spent the afternoon writing out a schedule. Sort of a daily time map for myself so that important things get done. I've been mulling this over in my head a while and today wanted to get it onto paper. While doing this, I had some random thoughts about use of time in regards to working and keeping house and being healthy.

In no particular order, here they are.

It takes consistency to make a habit. 21, 28, 66 days...take your pick. The only thing literature agrees on about forming a habit is that you have to do "that thing" consistently for X number of days. My days are not consistent. I am a nurse working 12 hour shifts and rotating day/night. So not only do I not have the consistent M-F 9-5 job. I vary the days I work ( weekends included) and when I wake and sleep.
My 24 hours a day could fall into one of 5 possibilities.

1. Sleep all night, get up and work 7am-7pm
2. Sleep all night, get up and be off work all day (YAY! My Favorite!!!)
3. Sleep all night, get up, take a nap between 1-4 pm get up again and work 7pm-7am
4. Work all night, sleep from 8am-4pm, get up and work again from 7pm-7am
5. Work all night, sleep from 8am-1pm, get up and go to sleep around 10pm, sleep all night.

It's very hard to consistently do anything with that schedule other than brush your teeth in the morning and at night ( sometimes before I go to work, sometimes before bed)
This is the reason I sat with pen and paper today and did a method called calendar blocking. For each of the above possibilities, I "penciled in" when to get up, exercise, shower, eat, do laundry and housework. The pages then went into a protective sleeve cover and I can use a dry erase marker each day to make sure I'm staying on task.

When I work a 12 hour day, I am usually gone from my home for 14 hours which includes commute time, parking and waiting on the shuttle bus, 12 hours caring for sick infants, 30 minutes for lunch ( on the clock 12.5 hours to get that lunch break in there) wait on the shuttle again and commute home. And I'm usually late clocking out, by up to 30 minutes, due to some tiny human throwing a wrench in my day! When I get home, I'm tired.....and hungry because I haven't eaten anything in 7 hours. My mind is numb, I don't want to talk to anyone, and heaven help me if I have to make one more decision! (umm, like what to eat?) I basically "check out" on the drive home. At this point I have about an hour to do everything that needs to be done so that I can guarantee 8 hours of sleep.

On the days that I have to sleep some ( either all or part of the day) when I get up I am so groggy. Habits are things you do automatically, like on auto pilot. When I'm groggy, nothing comes automatically to me. I stare in the mirror then say, "oh yeah, brush your teeth". Then stare another 2 minutes then say, "oh yeah, brush your hair" It's comical, if I could wake up enough to laugh.

On my calendar blocking, I included 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill - on the days I work day shift or back to back night shifts. I can spare that much time in order to have some form of exercise every day. I don't expect those 15 minutes to count much for weight loss, but more to remind my body that I have to do something every day. The other days will have more intense exercises. I also wrote in when to pack my food for work, so that can control what I eat.

My hope is to use these time map pages to keep me organized enough to get healthy, keep my house clean, and have a little time for hobbies.

Heck, maybe if I use them for 21, 28, or 66 days I can even form a habit!
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  • LABYRINTH
    What a killing schedule. I do not envy you at all. Is this going to be your life long term?
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    1096 days ago
  • BKWERM
    Sounds like you might be on track to figuring out somewhat of a schedule for you and not just your sleeping/eating/commuting/working schedule.

    28 days is the magic number for creating a habit, by the way. emoticon

    Good luck. emoticon
    1098 days ago
  • DIGER718
    From a planning perspective another thing I did this week was pre-log my planned meals in the food tracker. That way each day I already know what room is left
    1098 days ago
  • COYOTESPIRIT2
    Yikes! What a schedule. Although I am retired now my schedule was never the same. I precooked andfroze meals on my day off including breakfasts. It helped some but is not fool proof. Looks to me like you are getting a handle on it. Way to go!
    1098 days ago
  • CARRAND
    Amazing what you are accomplishing! Do you have anyone at home to help you? Mapping out your time sounds like it could really help. Good luck!
    1098 days ago
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