Planning, it is something I love, but also something that I
struggle with. I have always enjoyed
planning, but tend to want to switch it up so often, that I never really
accomplish what I set out to.
schedule. I was not the biggest fan of
getting up early in the morning, but I was a huge fan of getting all of my
classes done first thing, and then having the rest of my time as free time. I remember some of the ladies in my dorm would
ask how I could manage to not have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or only
have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
It honestly all came down to planning.
(obviously), but there wasn’t a whole heck of a lot else I needed to plan. I wasn’t stressed about cleaning a house, or
making sure that my groceries and meal plan met my budget expectations. Instead, I just flew by the seat of my pants
with main anchors during my day, ie go to work and then come home and hang out
every day with kids is different.
wonders for me!
I want my day to go. I know what I need
to accomplish (although I hardly ever get it all done, does anyone?). It is nice to be able to go in and see what
the meals are, not think about what needs to be done throughout the day,
because it is all right in front of me.
is what I want our day to look like. I
will put times in, but it isn’t down to the minute by any means. It is more of a general time frame for
us. But, it also serves as a place to
put any appointments that we may have during the day, and those obviously need
a specific time.
kids each day.
is just what it looks like. A thought,
or scripture, that I want to focus on for the day. It could be my word of the year repeated
constantly, a quote or a mantra that I want to repeat to myself all day. This can stay the same for many days, or
change daily. It is totally up to you!
every day, that my kids will eat, is a process.
Doing it on a budget seems almost
impossible! However, when I am able
to get everything planned for the week, it is nice to not have to think about
on a daily basis. I already know from my
main meal list for the week what we are going to have, and I just re-write it
here for easy access.
just that. I list everything that I want
to do that day. I am not ashamed to
admit that I often put tasks I know I will complete on the list, just to have
something to cross off. You may not need
all ten lines if you don’t do that! I
tend to list my most important tasks
first as well, so that I can eat my frog or whatever I need to get done
early in the day.
list tends to stay the same over a longer period of time. This is a place for larger projects that I
have going on currently – like sorting through the kids clothes and deciding
what needs to go to consignment or be donated.
This is also a place where I would put projects that I may need help
from my husband with – like moving all the boxes of baby stuff from the attic
downstairs so I can sort through them.
Ideas and Misc. Notes, are pretty straight forward as well. If I think of something that might be
interesting to write about, I try to write it down immediately. I am attempting to move to a more digital
platform for blog ideas, but I find that often I still need a pen and some
paper to jot it down. While Misc. Notes
could really be used for anything – a child that decides he no longer likes
green peppers, even though he was eating them like apples last week, or maybe a
seasoning wasn’t quite right with a recipe I used. It could just be something funny the kids did
that I want to record.
task, but once you find a routine that works for you, it really takes minutes
to put together, and can be glanced at easily throughout the day to help move
your family in the direction you are hoping for. With any new planning tool, or planning in
general, give yourself grace.
takes 21 consistent days of effort to make a habit!
more organized as the seasons start to change?
Do you find yourself changing up your routine when your kids start
school again? Or a new season starts?
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