stirringleaf - I think the more independent play comes with age. I remember DD was the same way at that age and I had tons of guilt about wanting some alone time or wishing she could entertain herself more. It gets better. We have a general routine as well.
Morning is nurse, nurse, nurse and finally get up and get ready for the day. Then I make breakfast while DD helps DH get ready. I do a little clean up as well. DD will either want to do art right away or sometimes watch Sesame Street. Then we eat breakfast and usually go out for some activity - either a playdate, LLL meetings, or errands or an outing to the museum, etc. Then it's nap and I get to do my own stuff. DD nurses for about half her nap, asleep the whole time, so I either read or nap myself. When she starts waking up a little, I read her books, which she loves. It's a nice transition.
Then in the afternoon we hang around the house more, have a snack, do art or her dollhouse, or something like that. If any errands need to get done, they usually get done during this time as well. I try to let DD run around during one of the errands. So she gets to do puzzles at the library, etc. Once a week, we have an afternoon playgroup that we attend.
Then I start making dinner and she either plays by herself, which she still doesn't do a lot of, or she watches a video. I've tried to cut out t.v. during this time but I end up getting very stressed out trying to attend to DD and cook at the same time. I had to go back to a little t.v. to keep my sanity
Then we eat together. DH either gets home while we're eating or after we eat. He plays with DD a little, then they do bath and hang out. Then it's snack, nursies, brush teeth, and bedtime.
In the Fall, we'll have a weekly music class and Mom and Tot swim lessons twice a week (see traumatic swimming lessons post
I like our routine. It gives me enough flexibility to clean up some, cook some, read some, compute some, and be social some, all which I really need!