These are the official results of my morning during which I timed tasks that I dread.
As I mentioned in the original post this one project I added to my list seemed a bit nit-picky (I am an ENTP in the Myers Briggs Types and if you know an ENTP, they are not all about the details lol) but it profoundly changed my mindset around the “lots of little” chores on mat leave which are a bit of a grind.
The chores themselves did not change (I’ll never love unloading and unfolding a stroller with 3 herniated disks in my back) – but my mindset completely shifted from one of difficulty to one of confidence and ease. I get asked a lot how I accomplish so much in my days – I think it really comes down to having a lot of mental energy – and that is because I try to save stress & worry for the bigger things, and for the smaller things, I try to channel the mindset of “ease.”
TASK 1: HAND WASH A SINK FULL OF DISHES INCLUDING 4 BABY BOTTLES
4 minutes 30 seconds
TASK 2: CLEAN & FILL TWO BABY BOTTLES WITH FORMULA
1 minute 26 seconds
TASK 3: POOP BLOWOUT DIAPER CHANGE ON 2 YEAR OLD
2 minutes 13 seconds
TASK 4: GET 8 MONTH OLD BABY UP FROM SLEEP, DIAPER CHANGED, DRESSED.
2 minutes 10 seconds
TASK 5: DRESS 8 MONTH OLD BABY WHO IS CRAWLING
2 minutes 30 seconds
TASK 6: UNLOAD BABY + TODDLER + DOUBLE STROLLER + ACCESSORIES FROM CAR FOR TRIP TO THE GROCERY STORE
3 minutes 39 seconds