I don't like New Year's Resolutions. I am not a good goal setter because I am often an overachiever. I set goals that sound great, only to not keep them and then feel like a total failure and totally discouraged. That's how I was with scheduling at home.
As a teacher I had very specific allotted amounts of time for everything. 60 minutes for Reading, 30 minutes for Word Work, 45 minutes for Math, etc. Everything was very specific, I wrote my schedule down on the board each day along with the allotted times and we pretty much followed it verbatim. I tried this at home and it was of course a massive failure.
A few months ago I sat down and made an ordered list of tasks I wanted to accomplish for that day. There were no times set and it all revolved around what I typically had planned for that day. It worked great! My floors got mopped three weeks in a row, which NEVER happens.
There are so many times that I feel overwhelmed by all that I need to do. I have a hard time breaking it down and I can get anxious and stressed over the tasks at hand. Having this list helps to ease my mind. I know what I need to get done today and if there is something really messy, I know that there is a day during the week that I have set aside time to do this task and so it doesn't nag at me all day.
I had to rework my lists today as our schedule is changing...again. So I thought I'd let you see a sneak peek of how I do it. This is the notebook that I keep all my scheduling, lists and dinner plans in. The picture above is just a rough draft, don't mind the sloppiness. Basically I've just written out all that I want to accomplish that day, in order. Some things remain on the list every day, like "Clean-Up Dinner & Living Room." Other things are tasks specific for that day, like "floors" and "kitchen (which means that I'm deep cleaning the kitchen)"
I have talked to mommies who want to schedule but are in the same predicament that I was in, a failed schedule leaves you feeling frustrated and completely unmotivates you. I have found this list to be the exact opposite. I am motivated by it and if I don't happen to complete something on the list I can rest in the fact that it's back on the schedule for next week. Also, my Saturdays and Sundays are very loosely planned which leaves time for family activities and finishing up any tasks that need to be completed. Saturday mornings are for relaxing and doing any chores that I didn't do but feel must be done, the rest of the day is open. Sundays we go to church and then Makenzie goes down for a nap while I clip coupons, make my meal plans, my grocery list and go grocery shopping. This has worked great for me! Do you have a system for organizing your day? I'd love to hear all about it!