There are two main changes I implemented to my life and routine this summer:
I. This may sound like a no-brainer, or simplistic, but the productivity change that I made for this summer was to become a morning person. This was also to celebrate that my husband finally got off the night shift, and to bring our schedules further into alignment. (Did you know that studies have shown working night shift is actually worse for your health? People that work night shift do not live as long and are more susceptible to diseases.)
Traditionally, I have been a night owl, working into the night (or endless day, as Alaska would have it) to finish homework. But, I had reasons for wanting to wake up early. Plus, my three year old runs in and out of bed at night until 9-10 p.m., and it was just getting frustrating trying to get things done while policing her bedtime. This summer, I decided to try getting up between 5:45-6:15 daily to work on homework. I calculated this would be me approximately 2 – 2.5 hours to do homework before the kids wake up. Yes, I’m a zombie when I get out of bed, but here’s another tip: premake coffee and then all you have to do is heat it up. Instant expresso wakeup! Now, at 6:45 in the morning the house is silent. No yelling. No bickering. Nothing. And, sometimes I even squeeze in a bonus ride on the stationary bike. Go, Mom.
II. Wireless Internet. Don’t laugh, but I didn’t have wireless internet before this summer. And, I even went to Best Buy, installed the router and configured/set up everything myself. Last summer, as stated, I was not only staying up late but also hunched over on the living room floor (the only place where our modem internet would reach.) This summer, I can happily bring my computer to any room and hide. Or, simply enjoy doing homework on a dining room table, old school style.
I anticipate keeping both lifestyle changes. As long as coffee is always available. 🙂