Life in 3-hours intervals and full of unpredictable events

Hi guys,

Today it is a week, since my son came home from hospital. I won’t lie, our family’s life turned of whole 180°. Trip for shopping or to the bank became the big adventure and really hard task. Sleep? Well, I used to complain about lack of sleep before, but now I just miss that time.

But the biggest change in my life is having to do everything in 3 hours intervals (as every four hours approx my son is waking up and feeding, changing nappies and just talking to him takes around 1 hour). This gives me six three hours slots, when I can get anything done. Usually, three of them are already booked for sleeping and doing some work around house, so I am getting nine hours in total to carry on my tasks. I am well behind with my tasks again and first few days I wasn’t able to do anything. I needed to adjust to the new situation.

But today I am going to talk about working in 3 hours intervals. Basically, there are no full 3 hours, as I need to eat also, have some tea or coffee. But just to make it easier, let’s assume for simplicity, that this is the case.

Being so time-restricted, I needed to start planning very well (post on how I do this will appear on Friday). I can’t afford just sitting and doing nothing, as I would wake up in extremely dirty home and with tasks to do from one year before (now it is just one month, but I started getting on top of it 😉 ).

Generally speaking, having a plan in my situation (much more detailed than it used to be) is esential. I have been asked by my friends, why I am wasting so much time for planning though? The answer is simple, to be able to work more efficient, when I have a chance. Also, I have to be much more prepared for distractions and changes of plans. Sometimes my little one have a problem with digesting food he has just eaten, so he needs me to comfort him, while he struggles, sometimes he is not well.

Today’s post is very short and general, just to allow me to get back on track after another break. I hope you enjoyed it any way.

Also, as always, I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Energy equals zero (days six and seven)

Hi guys,

Today’s post contains two days. This time nothing bad happen (fortunately, otherwise I would suspect, that I am magness for bad things). So let me explain what happened yesterday I’ve started coding my website, as I’ve decided I need to get some practice, not only theory. And it took me quite a lot of time (well, on the way I’ve came across some issues, my lessons haven’t cover so far and I’ve needed to search for some solutions online – thank God for internet!). And even if I’ve spend a lot of time on doing this, I gave my website look, I wished it will have.

Ok, but why there was no post? Well, I can’t say how long exactly I have been doing this (when last time I’ve checked my phone it was already five hours), as next thing I remember is lifting my head from my desk. Yeah, that happened at 7:30am. I falled asleep and don’t have any idea when. After realising what had happened, I needed to rush to work. Normaly I am leaving such a way, that when I arrive to work, I still have 15 minutes to start my job. Today I’ve arrived 1 minute before.

Ok, but was it worthed to spend at least five hours to get only home page ready? Because it’s going to be my first website, done without anyone’s help (except internet courses, of course), I think it was. I believe, that speed is going to come with some more practise.

Ok, but this is not what I wanted to talk about. Today, on my way to work, I’ve been thinking about this situation. And I think, this is unbelievable, how person can be so much into some activity, that is not able to see, how quickly time goes and how he or she is falling asleep. So I’ve made some characteristic of such activity (remember: I am not specialist, this is my opinion only). Here are some points with explanations:

  • It has to be connected with something, you are dreaming about – you need to be excited about it.

    Well, when I was starting, in my head I had picture of my website. Fact, that proccess of coding will make it become reality, that I would be able to type my website’s address and see it (every one is going to be able), made me so excited.

    Ok, on the begining I had no idea it will take so long and that I will fall asleep without any control, but I knew it won’t be easy. Any way, my excitation hasn’t alowed me to think about it.

    • You need to have something to check/prove to yourself

    In my case, I wanted to check, if all lessons I’ve done so far, will be enough to actualy design something what I want.

    Every small thing I’ve been doing yesterday cause some changes to my website: new colour, feature, or just shape. And every time I’ve refreshed my website, it looked better and better. And this assured me, that time spent on learning HTML and CSS, wasn’t wasted. Even if still I needed to find some solutions on the internet, I’ve done it on my own.

    • This activity need to be fun for you

    Ok, you might ask me now, how on the Earth sitting more than five hour in front of screen can be considered as fun?

    Well, for me it was. I had some time only for myself, I have been doing everything my way. And yes, I had a lot of fun. Not only that. I was looking forward to sit again and go to my own world – without any advises or suggestions – just me and my imagination.
    Well, I think, this is everything, what came into my mind. The only thing left is two days’ summary. So let’s move into it:
    Day’s sixth summary:

    Home page of my website (without content – I mean I have part of the content ready, but I haven’t implemented it to my code) – checked

    Chapter of book – checked

    Being active (finaly I wasn’t scared of wind causing harm to my eye and I’ve rode my bike) – checked

    Day’s sixth post – failed

    Plan for next day – failed
    Day’s seventh summary:

    Two last chapters of book + review – checked

    Being active – checked

    Implemetation of content to my website’s homepage – checked

    Today’s post – checked

    Plan for tomorrow – checked
    Ok, I think that’s everything for today. I wish you, that you’ll find something to do, what is going to help you to forget about whole world and as usually I wish you very productive day 😉 I’ll see you in tomorrow’s post.

    Daria