Friday, September 28, 2007

Two Days in the Life of Anna

Recently, Rebekah asked, "Could you tell me a little about what your schedule is like? Because I struggle with trying to find time in the day for all that I want to do."

First of all, I struggle just like you with finding enough time in the day to do the things I enjoy. I don't always make the most of my time, but I try to take one day at a time and do what I need to do for that day.

For fun, I decided to keep track of two very different days to see exactly what I spent my time on. Below is what I did on Wednesday and Thursday - the times aren't always exact and don't take into account the little breaks and small things to do, but I think it gives the basic idea:

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 - My At-Home Day
6 a.m. Alarm goes off, I roll out of bed and attempt to wake up.
6:10 a.m. Personal Bible reading and prayer - currently I'm reading Isaiah, 2 Timothy, and 1 Peter as part of my yearly Bible reading plan.
6:50 a.m. Breakfast of cereal and orange juice while reading The Yip Family
7:05 a.m. Brush teeth and take bath, reading while the water runs
7:30 a.m. Quick straighten of bedroom and bathroom to start the day. Write down list of to-dos for today.
7:42 a.m. Start schoolwork
8 a.m. Family devotions - currently we're studying Joshua.
8:20 a.m. Back to the books
9:16 a.m. Complete bookwork, get on the computer to do French, use the great study program Elijah wrote, and check email and blogs.
10:45 a.m. After various things on the computer including the above mentioned, look at to-do list and decide to practice piano and voice
11:45 a.m. Run out and get the Fed-Ex package, then feel ravenous and head to the kitchen. Eat a lunch of chips with melted cheese and beans, garnished with lettuce and tomato and a nectarine for dessert. While eating, reading and completing a great missionary story, The Yip Family.
12:26 p.m. Practice flute
1:03 p.m. Write letters to Lydia, Elijah, and Anna
2:15 p.m. Enjoy the nice day outside and pet our dogs and cats
2:25 p.m. Listen to "What's a Girl to Do" by Doug Phillips while making Boiled Cookies and straightening kitchen, sewing a dance skirt, dusting and straightening the library, and cleaning the bathroom. Take a break to eat a cookie and banana.
3:50 p.m. Plan dance classes for Thursday and finish choreographing two dances.
4:55 p.m. Start writing post about older brothers.
5:30 p.m. Make pizza for Jubi and I for supper, while mom and dad are at a Bible study
6:04 p.m. Eat supper with Jubi while planning Hand and Foot and listening to the radio.
7:15 p.m. Do dishes while listening to the radio.
7:42 p.m. Finish writing post and type it in, spending some time reading online as well
8:51 p.m. Write in journal
9:07 p.m. Get ready for bed and read Quest for Love by Elisabeth Elliot
10:15 p.m. Lights out! The book was too good, I couldn't put it down... =)

Thursday, September 27th, 2007 - My busy, out-and-about day
5:45 a.m. Alarm goes off; groggily awake and force myself out of bed, making the bed so I won't lay back down. =)
5:50 a.m. Get dressed
6:03 a.m. Personal devotions
6:30 a.m. Drive to Miriam's house for a Lofgren Siblings' Breakfast then drive home.
7:45 a.m. Straighten room, play over piano songs, brush teeth
8:02 a.m. Family devotions
8:20 a.m. Do schoolwork outside on the porch swing
8:55 a.m. Study on the computer, do French and check email and blogs
9:50 a.m. Take History test, do more schoolwork
10:45 a.m. Pray with mom and Jubi
10:50 a.m. Get ready to go, eat a lunch of peanut butter sandwich, nectarine and apple
11:30 a.m. Leave and drive to piano and voice lesson
1 p.m. Leave lesson, drive to church building, set up for classes and start choreographing a dance
2:15 p.m. Teach Ballet I
3:15 p.m. Teach Ballet II
4:15 p.m. Teach Basic Ballet
5 p.m. Close up building, go to Michael's and buy ribbon (30 % off!) for the dancer's Christmas outfits
6:08 p.m. Arrive home, start supper - taco salad, heating up the already cooked and frozen meat while Jubilee makes salad
6:25 p.m. Get online while waiting for dad to get home
6:50 p.m. Eat supper - starving!
7:10 p.m. Eat ice cream and read Quest for Love
7:15 p.m. Work on The King's Praise Ballet paperwork and blog, chatting with Miriam Rebekah for a few minutes
8:20 p.m. Play hymn arrangements on flute while Dad accompanies on the piano - it's so fun and pretty to play with him!
8:55 p.m. Get ready for bed, read some more.
9:59 p.m. Lights out, exhausted.

As you can see, my schedule varies greatly from day-to-day. One thing that helps me stay on track is my to-do list. At the beginning of the day and throughout, I'll write down things that I need to do or want to accomplish that day, whether big or small. As I complete them, I check them off, which is a great feeling! If I don't do them that day, I cross them out and enter them on the next day's list - not something I enjoy! When I'm unsure about what to do, glancing at my list lets me know what needs to be done next.

Another thing I do is a lot of multi-tasking. I really enjoy reading, but don't get too much time to just sit down and do it. So, I read while I eat meals on my own and right before bed as a way to settle down. (This can be dangerous with a really exciting book, though!) I listen to music, the radio, or teaching tapes while doing cleaning, cooking, or playing games. When I do my schoolwork, however, I need it quiet to be able to concentrate adequately.

Another thing I've found helpful is to start the day early and out right with God. I've also got to focus on keep priorities straight. Though I'd like to check my email first thing, I've found that finishing the majority of my schoolwork before getting on the computer really helps me get it done. Currently I spend too much time online, so I'm looking for ways to cut back on it.

My schedule is not set in stone, and it often ends up having to change, but I'm learning to be okay with that. It's better to spend time with family then finishing everything on my to-do list. It's important to know what you need to do each day, but equally important to be flexible.

I doesn't always happen and I get distracted, but I try to spend my time wisely. I hope you enjoyed glimpsing into my daily life - maybe it wasn't more than you wanted to know. =)

What about you? How do you spend your days?

"In His heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." ~ Proverbs 16:9


Miriam Rebekah said...

Anna, you get so much done in a day than I do.
My daily must-dos include:
Science, PreCal, Government, Flute, Piano, and voice practce.
Oh, and my daily chore, whatever that entails. And then there are the days when we have to be gone from the house. Band, choir, and dance on weekdays.

Our Saturdays are always unpredictable. After orchestra practice finishes at noon, the rest of the day could go do anything. Most of the time, the rest of the day is spent doing stuff around our house (there is ALWAYS something to around the house).

Anna, this is random, but could I borrow the first 3 A.D. Chronicles books if no one is reading them? I want to start from the beginning again so I can remember it all. Thanks!

Miriam said...

Miriam, I think I may still have the AD Chronicles books, and I'm not reading them right now. I'll try to get them to Anna this weekend.

Anna, Your days look quite busy! No wonder you feel that you don't have extra time! You've already filled them up (with good things, I might add). Choosing what to spend time on and what NOT to do is a challenge we all face. Occasional evaluation of how our time is spent is a good thing!

Anna Naomi said...

Miriam Rebekah, Wednesdays was one of my good days - I don't always do so much. Keeping track of what you do with your time does make you want to do more. =)

Sure, you can borrow the books. Miriam, I'll be at a seminar with the Simons this weekend, so give the books to Jubilee, and I'll give them to Miriam Hart on Tuesday.

Ella said...

You really do a great job at maximizing your time. Me, I try to. It is easier when I am on a school schedule. (Like now, I am NOT turning the alam clock on!) However, regardless of when I do school, I make sure not to go on the computer until later in the afternoon. I would be on far too much for my own good.

Miriam said...

I just had the first two books - they are now in Jubilee's hands!

Sheila said...

Just a quick comment: I know you don't do awards, but I've awarded you two with an award, you don't have to take it, just so you know you're worthy of it! :)

god bless,

Miriam Rebekah said...

Thanks Miriam!

Anna S said...

Hi Anna - thanks for sharing your day-to-day activities; you sure sound busy! I don't have a strict schedule, but I do have a basic routine - which is a real life-saver around here.

Sheila said...

I meant to mention when I commented before, that this was very encouraging to me. I've been trying very hard to prioritize, and not doing a stellar job. At the beginning of the school year, I was getting up early, and trying to get all my stuff done, but I've learned that at this level, I'm never really done, and I have to stop staying up until 11:00pm trying to get done. :) Thank you for the encouragement.

God bless,

Bonnie said...

Wow, you sound very busy Anna! Thank you for sharing some of your day(s) with us!

Rebekah S. said...


Please forgive me for just now commenting on this! I saw it when you first posted it, but I have been falling behind on my commening duties. :)

Thank you SO much for posting this!! It was such a huge help! And what really helped is that you were so exact and gave all the details from your schedule. That helped me a lot! Thank you again!


P.S. My mom also makes a "to-do" list and has always said it really helps her. I ought to give it a try! :)

Maria Pauline said...

I think I've read this before, but it is so inspiring to read about other maidens and how they spend their time.