That's a good question.
When I resigned from my job, I thought I was going to have all this free time. I could clean. I could organize closets and drawers that have been neglected for years. I could read. I could nap. I could run. I could sew. And I would still have free time.
This has not happened.
I thought I would be adding 50+ hours a week to my life by not working. I was physically at work for at least 40 hours a week and I spent at least 10 hours a week commuting.
Unfortunately, that thought process is flawed.
I did take away 50+ hours of commuting and working, but a lot of that has been replaced with things I didn't have time for when I was employed. Instead of getting up at 6:00 in the morning, I roll out of bed (almost always unwillingly because I am not a morning person) at 7:00. That's 5 more hours of sleep a week. I spend over an hour each morning helping the girls get ready for school and then driving them to school. That's about 7 hours a week. Once I pick the kids up from school, there isn't time for much aside from homework, snacks, dance and dinner (all things I mostly missed out on before) until they go to bed. I can sometimes fit in a load of laundry.
This leaves the time the girls are in school as "free" time. And if you stay at home, you know it's not all free. It's a bit scary how quickly that time disappears too. The girls are in school for six hours a day but I have approximately 5.5 hours at home because I drive them to and from school. I leave much earlier than I need to for pickup in order to find a decent parking spot.
What do I do with those 5.5 hours?
I eat breakfast and lunch at home. The time to prepare, eat and clean up both meals is about an hour. This includes whatever cleaning up remains from the girls' breakfast and lunch/snack preparation.
So now I'm down to 4.5 hours.
When I exercise, there goes an hour an a half. Add another 30 minutes to shower and dry my hair and there goes 2 hours.
So now I have 2.5 hours.
Some days I prepare dinner or a portion of dinner while the girls are in school. This could take up 30 minutes, or it can eat up an hour.
There are also appointments, errands, and school meetings/volunteering.
I'm finding that blogging uninterrupted during the day seems to work better for me. I used to blog at night when I was winding down from the day but now there are too many distractions. I joke that from 8:00 to 9:00 there's a revolving door of children as they settle for the night. Rich often turns on the TV and we try to have adult conversations here and there. Blogging during the day feels more productive to me.
I fully admit that I am not the most productive person while the girls are in school. Thank goodness I hardly ever watch TV. Can you imagine if I was addicted to Netflix? I'd never get anything done! I'm never bored though. If I was, maybe my closets would be cleaned out.
So you see where I'm going with all this. Being at home doesn't equate to 40+ hours a week of "free" time. That being said, you cannot compare this to the job I held. These are two completely different animals. I don't have to answer to anyone but my family. I'm not torn in two directions. I no longer hold two diverse roles. It's a less stressful life.
What do you do all day?