Bracketing My Time

School starts on Aug. 21st, which means I start even sooner than that!

The past week has been a blur with the flu hitting us hard (Ian was hit the hardest due to the added bonus of diabetes.)

Today the heat seems to have let up, everyone is feeling pretty much back to normal, and we are going to get out of the house! Hooray for that!

This week the kids will be with their dad for several days and I have a lot of downtime.  I decided that I need to come up with some sort of schedule (with a little flexibility of course). I know I need to start thinking about school a bit and I need to catch up on blogging and I want to finish a book and this house is a mess and I want to do some back-to-school shopping and I would like to lay out a bit and catch up on my DVR…..Oh so many goals!

I’ve been advised to bracket my time so I don’t get too overwhelmed or consumed by any one thing.

So here is what I came up with:

7:00-8:00 Rise and shine, Breakfast, Coffee and Words with Friends

8:00-9:00 Shower and clean up the kitchen/bedroom/bathroom – One room per day.

9-10:30 Work on school work.  We will be reading all new reading selections this year since I have the same students as last year.  I am also doing two new novels (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town and Crispin).  I won’t be reading Crispin until the 3rd nine weeks and will do so in conjunction with the other 7th grade teachers I’ll be doing inclusion with, so that can wait.  I already read both books but I need to come up with a general plan and start a file. If you have any great ideas or links, please leave a comment!

10:30-11:30 Run any errands and/or take care of weeding and the garden.

11:30-3:30 (Nice solid chunk of time, huh?) Read, eat lunch, lay out,

3:30-4:15 Work with the new iPads!  I get to pick them up on Monday and then the fun begins!

4:15-5:30 Dinner outside while catching up on blogs

5:30-8:30 Whatever I feel like doing….bike ride, walking, more reading, shopping, calling my sister…..

8:30 – Probably gonna need to shower again!

9:00 – DVR time. I ‘ll shamelessly admit to my three guilty pleasures: Big Brother, The Bachelorette, and Days of Our Lives

11:00 – LIGHTS OUT, PHONE AWAY!  If I am getting up at 7:00, I’m going to need to be strict with my bedtime.

Do you think I can stick to this plan? I’m going to try. I don’t have another chunk of time like this the rest of the summer. I need to make the most of it.

9 responses

  1. […] of obsessed with it. This post by one of my favorite bloggers totally reminds me of the usual me: Bracketing My Time. Usually I’m bracketing my time about everything from chores, to errands, when I was in […]

    1. So glad you enjoyed my post and better yet, I am glad you are taking it easy this summer. I am taking the next two weeks “off” of school work pretty much as we have company coming in from out of town and time with the kids is precious and fleeting. I made enough progress this week to feel ok with this decision. Have an enjoyable rest of the summer and thanks for reading!

  2. What a great post, Melanie! I love the idea of having that schedule in place, just to start those routines again. Even if you adjust a few, it still lays the ground work out to what you want to be doing with these last precious days! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!


    1. Thank you Darin! The rain today and staying up late last night to finish a book I could not put down have made me stray from the original plan but I am still having a very productive and enjoyable day! Feels good to get some things done! Enjoy your remaining time off too!

  3. Good for you! I hope you stick to it and accomplish all that you hope to. Enjoy!

    1. I’ve had to tweak things a little but I feel good about how the first 24 hours went! First week of plans done, a great idea a kick off to the first novel, I finished a book I was reading, 5 mile bike ride and the bills are paid.

  4. I love the idea of bracketing your time! I have a week left with a variety of school things I need to do, maybe I should do the same thing 😀

    1. I think I will feel good if I stick to it! How many times do you lay on bed way longer than necessary or get lost online? That’s me! And sometimes I spend HOURS on school work. This should provide a balance.

      1. Completely agree– I either completely lose myself to schoolwork or waste time doing silly things on the computer, love this idea! 🙂

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