What Did You Do All Day?

“What do you mean, you don’t have time for that? You are home all day, aren’t you?”

What do writers and homemakers have in common? They often run into people who do not understand that their time is limited, too.

This post is not about scheduling. (See my other post Getting Things Done At Home on that, please) However, it could help as a jumpstart to plan your time more efficiently. I will come back to that in a couple of minutes. So, please bear with me.

Being a homemaker and a writer, there are times when I wonder: What did I do all day? Did I accomplish anything today or did I waste this day? Have you ever felt this way?

A housewife completes the same tasks again and again — day after day. Much of her work becomes second nature to her. She fulfills her duty without giving it too much thought — until things do not work out as smoothly as usual…

The writer jots down notes and/or types the words of the next chapter. She wouldn’t necessarily call it work but rather being creative. She enjoys her creativeness — until the words do not come as easy as usual…

What homemakers and writers and other freelance/self-employed workers often fail to see are the obvious things — the many tasks they do as a matter of course.

In the homemaker’s case this could mean, e.g. washing the dishes or loading and unloading the dishwasher, folding clothes or going shopping. In the writer’s case this could mean, e.g. reading, researching, or editing.

When we ask ourselves what did we (really) do all day we need to remind ourselves of the ordinary not just the extraordinary tasks! How? Make a list: write down each task (yes, include the ordinary like loading and unloading the washer/dryer) and the timeframe used to complete it.

Now back to my point of how this could help as a jumpstart to plan your time more efficiently: By making these lists (one per day) you will get a pretty good idea of how long your daily tasks really take — which will help you create a quite good weekly planner.


About Carmen W.

I'm a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, who was born and raised in Germany but is now living in Ireland. I love to study, read and write about the Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.
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2 Responses to What Did You Do All Day?

  1. Lori says:

    I ask myself that question just about every day, Mirjam. What did I do all day? Did I waste my time? I asked myself that even before I read this post. But, this is a good idea about writing things down. Today, I did five loads of laundry and ironed whatever came out wrinkled. I still have to fold clothes, but I’m going to cook dinner now and then fold them afterward. I also worked on several drafted blog posts. I haven’t worked on my WIP lately, but plan to start again this week. Thank you for reminding me that I have gotten things done after all.

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