I have never really done New Year's resolutions. Well sure, I've told myself things like "I'm going to get in shape this year" or "I'm going to eat better this year" but I never actually held myself accountable or followed through with them.
This year I have one that I intend to actually follow through on. My goal is to start getting ready for bed by 10pm every night. Yeah, I'm already not quite there tonight since it's 10:40pm as I start writing this, but I have actually been doing a pretty good job the last two weeks. It's harder for me to start getting ready at 10 when Jen isn't home (she's at work until about midnight Wed-Fri) even if she's not going to bed when I am. Part of the reason is that I always seem to be trying to get one last thing done before I go up to bed. One last load of laundry folded, one last sink of dishes done, one last room reorganized beginning at 10:30 (yeah, one day at 10:30pm I decided it would be a good time to start reorganizing Nate's toys in the family room...)
Before we had a child I was actually much better at getting to bed around 10, Jen can vouch for me, sometimes even earlier! And on the weekends I regularly slept past 8:30 or 9. I've always slept in a lot. I was never an early riser. All that changes when you have kids. :) And they don't realize they're supposed to sleep in on the weekends. Luckily for us, (most of the time) Nate has woken up around (or even later than) 7am. He went through a period of waking up earlier and earlier but we got a toddler clock and now we're back to normal.
In addition to causing you to wake up earlier, kids also take up more of your waking hours. Today, for example, Nate and watched Toy Story 3 together after dinner and then read some books before bedtime. That's time I could have spent doing laundry, or dishes, or researching new curtains online, or writing my blog. Things I now do once he's in bed for the most part -- he is definitely old enough that he doesn't need constant supervision, but he frequently wants us to spend time with him, and I am happy to do so. He's cuddly. :) Of course, he also really likes to help these days. Yesterday he spontaneously came up to me and said "We have to do laundry, come with me." He likes helping me sort the laundry and then pouring the soap in and pushing the buttons.
So what I end up doing on nights Jen isn't here is that I do all the housework after Nate goes to bed and I try to get it all done in addition to frequently having to do an hour or so of work from home. I had regularly been going to bed after 11pm, and not infrequently enough after midnight.
I don't mind doing laundry. I don't mind folding laundry. But folding laundry takes time so I tend to put it off. And off. And off. But I still do loads of laundry. So I end up with 5 or 6 loads that I then decide I'm going to fold all at once. It takes a little while. So in addition to getting ready for bed at 10 each night, I'm also trying to do one load of laundry per day. One load washed and one load folded (though not necessarily the same one). I did alright on that last week. This week my brother was visiting so I didn't really get too much done.
So now that is all going to change! 30 days to make something a habit? I'm hoping that getting to bed at a regular time each night will help me not be tired as much during the day, give me more energy to get things done and also more patience. When I'm tired I get snippy. It's going to take some work. Because this doesn't mean I can slack on the stuff I need to do. But I think I can make it happen.
I will let you know how I do. 30 days to make it a habit...