Yesterday, against all odds, I had a productive work day. And Adelaide wasn't even in daycare.
How did I do it, you ask? Well, in a nutshell, this is what happened:
1) Adelaide when down for a super long nap.
I have no idea why...maybe she was overtired from the day before. But she slept for 2.5 hours or something like that. It was insane. She also had a second pseudo nap (or "quiet time") in her crib in the afternoon. Score!
2) I ignored the mess.
Usually, when Addy goes down for her nap, I go into tidying mode. Yesterday, however, I just didn't feel like it. So I worked on the couch, laptop in lap, surrounded by mess. And I didn't even notice.
3) I just ran with it.
I started out intending to just reach out to a few cold leads -- people who had toyed with the idea of hiring me months ago, but who I couldn't commit to yet. But then I got carried away, randomly emailing companies I simply wanted to work for as well as answering job postings. I have no idea if anything will come of these emails, but I'm just happy that I'm putting myself out there and creating opportunities. It makes me feel good.
I would be thrilled if there were more days like this in my future. I find that when I get an assignment, it's easy to rearrange my schedule accordingly -- whether it's heading to the grandparents' for a couple days or hiring a babysitter. The thing is, to get those assignments, I need to market myself, and that's what I haven't been doing lately.
Perhaps if I'm a little more disciplined, and use my free time wisely, that will start to change. Oh, and if Adelaide wants to make a habit of super long naps, that definitely can't hurt either.