Dealing with Non Typical Daily Schedules
This month I am writing about organizing. Aside from sharing about the organizing and cleaning projects I have going on this month I thought I would share about organizing the day. I am writing this mostly for those who have husbands who work non typical work shifts and schedules.
The typical schedule to me is something like 9 to 5, Monday thru Friday. In reality I have never known this schedule! LOL.. it sounds really nice however. If you live on one of those schedules than life, I would think, would not be the challenge it is when you don’t. But, I really can’t say for sure because I don’t have any experience with this.
My hubby is an aircraft mechanic and works for a regional airline. Aircraft maintenance (and the airline business in general) is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year type thing. There are 3 shifts: days, swing, and graveyard. He works the graveyard shift (all night). He likes this shift because it is the only one that works a 4 day work week. He also works over the weekend. His shift starts on Thursday night and he works thru Sunday night. His weekend is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Now how does a housewife with children deal with this type of schedule? I adapt our life to his schedule. I have come to realize that “normal” is just a state of mind.. LOL.. And our days can look a bit different than the typical day. This is made much easier by the fact we homeschool. We don’t have anyone else’s schedule to work around.
My children like the real weekend off from school. So they have their school days Monday thru Friday. Tobin has also always helped out with the homeschooling so he likes that he can be around during the week when they are doing school and help out (when he is not dealing with other projects, which lately has been the case). My hubby can tend to be a night owl and stay up late on his weekends (Mon thru Wed) and the kids will typically stay up late to spend time with him in the evenings. So our weekday schedule looks something like this..
9:am – up, breakfast
10:am – chores
11:am – start school
3:pm – school done
4:pm – clean up after school, finish up any chores and pick up clutter from the day
5:pm – start dinner
6:pm to 7:pm – eat
8:pm till 11:pm or midnight – family time, bed time
-- And this can vary at any time for any reason.. LOL..
If we go out and do anything during hubby’s weekend, the kids just catch up on school over the actual weekend or in the evenings. I catch up on extra household jobs and projects during the real weekend so I am available to do whatever hubby wants to do over his days off.
It’s really not so hard to adjust to a non typical schedule if you are flexible! In the last 24 years hubby has never had the real weekend off (at times he has had one day of the actual weekend incorporated into his weekend) and for all but maybe 3 to 3 ½ years total he has worked graveyard (1 ½ years he worked days and the rest was periodic times of swing shift). He leaves the house at about 7:pm and gets home about 7:am (10 hour shift plus commuting). I actually find that today I really don’t mind this schedule. When he was on the day shift for that year and half I was driven about crazy with the whole alarm clock thingy.. something we don’t deal with on graveyard! LOL..
Years ago I would get stressed by the fact that our schedule was “off”. It was only “off” because I was comparing it to other people’s schedules. When I stopped doing this and just rolled with what we had I found it so much easier to adapt and get things done and eventually got to the point I am today that I don’t even think about it, it is just ‘normal’ to me.
This month I am just refining my daily schedule a bit. When the holidays came my kids started staying up later (teens, you know? :), and getting up later. So this month we (mostly I should say “they” ) are working on getting up earlier and getting going a little quicker. They seemed to have adapted elaborate morning routines that included a lot of lounging around.. LOL.. so with moms “help” they are now getting back to our “normal” schedule and we are getting more accomplished with our days! :)