Day in the Life

A Day in the Life - Episode 84 of The Slow Home Podcast

I have to be honest, I’ve been super hesitant to record this episode as I thought it would be too boring for pretty much everyone on the planet. But I’ve been asked countless times for more detail into how we structure our days, so this show looks at how a typical day unfolds at our house. 

Well, at least that was the plan…

When Ben and I sat down to talk about what a typical day actually looks like, it took about 3.7 seconds to realise there is no such thing for us anymore. So instead what you have is a wide-ranging look at how we manage our time on a day-to-day basis (we’re unsurprisingly quite different) and how the change in our work situations has impacted the rhythm of our home.

While things don’t necessarily look the same from day to day, during the week I’m a big fan of time-chunking and break my time into different functions:

  • Early Morning: Quiet time. This sometimes means meditation, yoga, going for a walk or writing. Other mornings it means getting some uninterrupted work done and being dressed and ready before everyone else is up (this gives me a ridiculous sense of satisfaction!)
  • 7am-ish: Getting everyone else ready for the day. Breakfasts, lunches, do homework, get the kids dressed and ready, do a load of laundry, clean something, sometimes walk with the kids to school.
  • 9:30-10:30am-ish: Doing stuff. That might be helping out at school, going for a coffee or doing some housework.
  • 10:30am-2:30pm: Work time. I spend these hours recording, editing, writing, creating, working with podcast clients, planning new shows, responding to emails etc.
  • 2:30pm – School Pick Up: Dinner prep, tidy up.
  • School Pick-Up – Dinner: Homework, play, dinner prep, etc. If Ben’s home and I need to work he takes on this time and vice versa.
  • Dinner, Bath, Books, Bed
  • Ben and I Chill: TV, reading, work, bed.

I think this approach comes from having to be across a lot of different areas of life (home, kids, work, personal, family) and knowing I simply cannot give 100% of my energy to all areas at any one given time – or any one given week for that matter.

Ben, on the other hand, simply gets done what needs to be done at that moment and doesn’t need to play too many mind games in order to do so. Which sounds a hell of a lot simpler to me, but I’m pretty happy with the system I’ve worked out for myself, regardless!

We also talk about the idea of tilting, whether we’re more or less stressed than we were a year ago, and whether our life is busy, or merely full.

I actually really enjoyed this conversation, despite my initial misgivings, and hope you do too. That being said, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below: how do you manage to find a sense of peace in your days? Or what areas are you still working on?

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8 Hours Sleep #3 – The Slow Home Experiment

8 Hours Sleep #3 - The Slow Home Experiment

After a very chilly camping trip we’re back to regular sleep patterns, and in today’s episode Ben and I talk about pre-sleep rituals, whether it’s possible to gain back sleep debt and how our camping experience impacted on our night’s rest.

Ben’s noticed that he and I have very different needs when it comes to pre-sleep rituals so today I talk a little about what I do before bed, as opposed to what he does. HINT: Ben’s process is much simpler and shorter than mine!

In general though I’m really enjoying the re-prioritisation of sleep, though I’m not entirely convinced I need the full 8 hours I’ve been trying for. Plus, I’ve been told I look tired more than any other recent period of time, so I’m not sure it’s even having a positive impact!

I’d love to hear how your experiment is going, so don’t forget to tag your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and share your experiences.

Enjoy!

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Live Immediately with Mike Campbell

Live Immediately with Mike Campbell - Episode 82 of The Slow Home Podcast

“Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow, and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”

— Seneca

A lot of my guests over the past couple of months have spoken about making big life changes – travel, a shift in career or moving to a different place – but in every single instance these changes have been moving my guests closer to their Why. This is something I find constantly inspiring as Ben and I continue to make changes in our own lives and I really love going deep into the reasons and the practicalities of these transformations.

Today I chat with Mike Campbell, a fellow Australian who is currently house-sitting his way across the United States with his wife and daughter after selling or donating almost everything they owned. Mike writes at the blog Live Immediately, and as you’ll hear in this conversation, totally encapsulates this idea of living in accordance with his values and personifies the notion of, well, living immediately.

Mike and I talk about what his life was like only 18 months ago, when he was struggling in a job he was deeply unsatisfied with, his wife Inga was battling overwhelm and burnout and they found themselves wondering if this was really ‘it’. Unbeknownst to him, it would be a simple game that would shift his perspective to one of possibility and adventure as he learned to let go of the literal and figurative stuff that was weighing heavily. Now he’s someone who says yes, starts without the final destination in mind and finds joy in the unknown.

Also in this chat, Mike is super generous with his knowledge on long-term house-sitting which I found endlessly fascinating! He has kindly offered to help out anyone listening who might want to know even more about how he and Inga started the process, so if you wanted to chat, just check out his blog, Live Immediately or get in touch via Instagram.

In the meantime, enjoy this fun poggie!

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8 Hours Sleep #2 – The Slow Home Experiment

8 Hours Sleep #2 - The Slow Home Experiment

This month’s Slow Home Experiment sees Ben and I trying to get 8 hours sleep every night, and I have to say, it’s been pretty straightforward so far.

As I mentioned in last week’s episode, I’ve found myself gaining the extra sleep in the morning rather than the evening (that is, going to bed at the same time at night and waking an hour later than normal) which is having an impact on my days.

My early morning time is usually devoted to yoga or going for a walk, plus some meditation, and I really love being up and ready for the day before everyone else. So it’s been a little challenging to adjust my mornings to waking with the rest of the family, and I have to admit, I don’t think I like it.

I do, however, like the days where I’m not waking up to an alarm clock, so I’m sure there’s more to unpack here with this experiment.

We’re also heading off for a few nights camping, and I’m convinced that will make it easier for us to get good sleep, while Ben (who loves a home ground advantage!) isn’t sure how it will go. Rest assured though, we’ll let you know.

Also, don’t forget, you can play along with us by tagging your social media posts with #slowhomeexperiment and sharing your experiences. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and let’s get experimenting!

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Rewilding with Joel Zaslofsky

Rewilding with Joel Zaslofsky

Every time I went to write ‘rewilding’ in this post, my auto-correct would change it to ‘rewinding’, which I actually found quite fitting, considering my conversation with today’s guest.

Joel Zaslofsky is one of the kindest, most encouraging people I’ve ever had the fortune of meeting, and today he’s back for his second visit to the pogpast.

We talk about his current efforts in optimising sleep, collecting natural spring water with his son (I don’t know about you, but I think having a natural spring to collect water from is SO rad) and his current fascination with rewilding, which really is a kind of rewinding too.

Joel is always enthusiastically in to things, and I walk away from our conversations feeling uplifted and inspired and excited at all the things I’ve yet to learn about the world. After this particular chat I’m doubly excited about an upcoming camping trip we’re taking and also weirdly excited to keep up my efforts to get 8 hours of sleep every night for this month’s Slow Home Experiment! 

As someone who spends his days connecting and helping and building, Joel is unsurprisingly passionate about community. One of his big goals is to help create and support communities of like-minded people all around the world, who are looking to simplify and live more intentionally. So if you’re looking for your tribe, do yourself a kindness and go connect with Joel!

In the meantime though, I hope you find this chat as invigorating as I did!

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