1 large coffee
2 children (woken up, teeth brushed, hair combed, faces washed, breakfasted, suitably dressed for the weather, with backpacks)
1 trip to supermarket
20 minutes of yoga
10 minutes of frustrated searching for item of your choice: keys, agenda, mobile phone, clean shirt or blouse
5 hours of day job
10-15 minutes of worry when one or other of children does not phone you on their way home from school
1 walk home
1 phone call to cello teacher
1 phone call to change hour of horseriding lessons
1 hour catching up on email
1 dinner to make
1 cake to make
30 minutes x 2 of instrument practice
30-60 minutes x 2 of homework
4 wet towels
More coffee, as required
Or wine, if after 7
Either very good book or very bad television
Take the first 6 items and do them, more or less in order, before 9 am. Kiss the children and send them to school. Optional: walk them to bus stop. This depends on how guilty you feel.
Proceed with next 6 items. You will have until, roughly, 5 pm. Cram the next 7 items into the next 4 hours. Lubricate with last 2 items, as you see fit. Top with last item.
For good measure, add several minutes of worry over (pick one): money, lack of career, the noise the car is making, how long it has been since you took the children to the dentist.
Don't forget: the leaky faucet, the keys you need cut, that you are out of milk.
Let all of it rest overnight et voila.... tomorrow you can pretty much do it again.