I am the proud father of a 2.5 year-old boy and a 1-year old girl. I decided to create a schedule that would allow me to have frequent, predictable time with them. Here is what my family and me came up with:
- Gone are summer vacations. I have a European-style six weeks of vacation each year. These are days where I miss work for any reason. The idea behind this is that if I use the summer to plan for the upcoming school year, I will be able to smooth out my workload. I have all of my quizzes, clicker slides, and problem lists completely done for this semester (well, almost). This means that I can concentrate on things like meeting with students and grading during the semester. And I should be able to get home at a reasonable hour every day. (Also, I am requiring myself to take six weeks of vacation per year; if I have a lot of days off at the end of the summer, I am just not going to come in to work).
- My daily schedule for the summer: I leave home at 8 am and I get home at 4:30 pm. During the school year, I leave at 7:45 am and return at 4:45 pm. This includes both commuting time and my personal exercise time; I have been—and plan to continue—running to school 3-4 days per week to be efficient with my time (and money).
- For at least one full hour before I go to work each day, I take care of both of the kids in the morning. This is time for my wife to exercise, garden, or just be alone.
- I do one hour of research per day.
We are one-and-a-half weeks into the semester, and it seems doable so far. One casualty in all of this is my time online: I think that I will be cutting back. I am hoping to post an entry here exactly once per week.
As always, I would love feedback on how this could be improved!