Sunday, January 4, 2009

To Do List Analysis

We're back from dinner, so here is my report on my time-and-motion study (OK, not really a time-and-motion study, but here it is anyway).

Of the items on my list, here are the things I finished:
  • Go to 7-11 and buy a Sunday paper. Except that the 7-11 had no papers left, so I had to go to the grocery store. Took about 25 minutes--thought it would take about 10 minutes.
  • Clip coupons (read Sew Infertile's post about the Grocery Game, got all excited about it, and signed up). Done! Took about an hour to do this (thought it would take about 20 minutes) while talking on the phone. Also set up envelopes to organize the coupons, since I don't have a coupon holder yet.
These are the things I got partially done:
  • Call two of my best friends to announce pregnancy. Called one of my friends, and talked for about an hour while doing other tasks. Yay!
  • Keep laundry going (to make sure Mr. X has the clothes he needs for tomorrow's business trip--boo for business trips, but yay for working in this economy). Hung up delicates to dry and dried other clothes in dryer. Washed spots that didn't come out in the washer out of placemats. Spread out dry shirts so they wouldn't wrinkle too badly, but didn't finish folding. Took about 20 minutes--thought it would take about 5 minutes.
These are the things that I didn't even come close to starting:
  • Make 1 1/2 batches of cookie dough to start cookies for neighbors we've been meaning to bake all weekend and bake at least the first 2 dozen cookies (can only bake 2 dozen at a time--total to be baked is 6 dozen)
  • Organize address list and pull out Christmas cards (yes, you read that right, and Christmas isn't officially over yet) so we can work on them when we get home
  • Spend 15 minutes filing paperwork (new habit we're trying to establish)
  • I also bought yarn and a baby crochet book yesterday (soooo excited to be making something for my own baby, which I couldn't bring myself to do before this). Maybe I can start that blanket?
Must work on more realistic estimates of what I can accomplish in the allotted time, as well as prioritizing (it would have been really nice to at least make the cookie dough, which can be refrigerated, and I did have to buy the paper tonight, but I could have clipped the coupons tomorrow). But we did have a nice dinner with friends we haven't seen in about two months, so the evening ended well!


Vent-ilation said...

Wow! You accomplished a lot. I like how you kept track of how long things actually took you. Serious multi-tasking usually backfires on me and nothing gets done and if it does, not that well. (I don't crochet, but I do knit. Well, I know how to knit blankets. Even though I'm not pg, maybe I'll start one, just in case. And if I don't get pg after it's done, I'm sure somebody in my "real" life will be.)

Sew Infertile said...

You got a ton accomplished!

I waste so much time, because I have so much of it. :(

Hafsa said...

Maaan, you're busy! Good for you, I need to start managing my time more wisely

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

I still remember that beautiful blanket with the ribbon that you made for your friend. I can't wait to see this one when it's finished! What love it will be made with :)


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