“This” is being unemployed. And don’t read too much into the title of this post. Its not a “How on earth am I going to get through this???” in a hysterical or depressed way. Its more of a “Huh . . . what exactly am I going to do???”
Because, let’s face it, being unemployed with teenagers leaves a person with a whole lot of free time. I have the sneaking suspicion that I need to structure my time and activities somehow.
My “Plan for the Day” spreadsheet is working to a point. But since, for example, I just canceled my house cleaners, I need some scheduled housecleaning time. My horses aren’t getting worked (again) so I need to schedule that. I need to get my kids to do something productive this summer. And, of course, I need to look for a job, which, according to my husband, should take up at least 4 hours of my day.
But how do you make these decisions in a vacuum? Obviously, it doesn’t matter what day I clean the bathroom. Looking for a job should likely take priority. So that needs to be in the morning because otherwise, I promise you, my day will just roll on by and I’ll get involved in other, far more interesting, things.
This is hard!!! And I don’t like it. Not one little bit.
And what time do I get up in the morning?? During the school year, which ended yesterday, I have to roll out of bed by 6:30 at the latest to get my high schooler to school by 7:30. I kind of loathe getting up early. But now, the idea of having some quiet time to myself in the morning to get a few things done, is sort of appealing. I could get up, have coffee, and do a good chunk of my 4 hours of job searching before the kids get up. That would give me most of the day left for fun things.
Hmmm . . . that’s something to consider.
Scouts is on Wednesday, which makes the whole day feel compressed. So maybe that’s a good day for housecleaning and not worry about getting other stuff done (besides the necessary job searching, of course).
But otherwise . . . well, I just don’t know. I just know that I’d better come up with a plan.