In this post I am going to discuss time management tips. If you are anything like me then you are super busy! Your days are full to the top and you are left wondering how to get it all done. I’ve been there! So overwhelmed with all the daily tasks and chores that I just wanted to throw the towel in!
I have never been a scheduling type person. I prefer to let things happen and let the day unfold as it may. I do not like time constraints. I’m a free spirit I guess. Living like this is extremely difficult once you throw a child into the mix. Now add homeschooling, housework, cooking, etc. and you are bound to have your moments of wanting to pull your hair out.
It was finally time for me to buckle down and create a schedule. One that I could stick to this time! Being the free spirit I am, schedules never worked for me. Things would happen and get in the way or put me behind and I would just give up. I finally came up with a schedule that has worked for me. So maybe this post can encourage you to give this whole scheduling idea another shot?
Where to start?
Good question! You don’t want to fill your day full of things that will make you miserable! So write a quick list of 5-10 of your top priorities or goals. This is what mine looks like in no particular order:
Homeschool, Creating Lessons, Marriage, Meal Planning, Grocery Shopping/Errands, Housework, Etsy Shops, Read 1 Book A Month
Next write out your days Monday – Sunday down the left side of a piece of paper. You can just write the letter to make it short. Next to each day write down one of your goals. Some goals will need to be done daily such as housework. Others might only be one or two days a week such as grocery shopping. So just plan out these goals to match the best time of week that works for you.
Here is a snippet of what mine looks like:
Monday: homeschool, groceries, housework 1 hour, plan lessons for next day 15 min, read book 15 min, Etsy shops
Tuesday: homeschool, work on lesson packs, blog, housework 1 hour, Etsy shops, plan next day lessons 15 min
Once you get this all laid out you can go on and plan your days even further! Again, I’m not the kind of person to be on a time schedule so I just laid everything out in the order in which they need to be done. That way I’m not committed to having “x” amount of work done by noon.
Here is a snippet of one of my day layouts:
*Awake by 8am at the latest, have breakfast with my son at the kitchen table.
*Homeschool (approx. 1-2hours).
* TV time for son while I work on Etsy 30 minutes and housework 30 minutes.
*20 minutes one on one time with my son.
*Kiddo does morning chores then it’s time for lunch.
*Go grocery shopping/errands.
*Dinner at 5:30.
*Bedtime routine starts at 6:30 (we have along routine!)
*I work on Etsy 30 more min while hubby bathes kiddo.
*Kiddo in bed by 8-8:30.
*30 min of finishing housework then 15 min to read a book.
*15 min to get lesson plan ready for next day
*In bed by 10:30-11pm.
For me I have a few days that are exactly alike. Mondays and Thursdays are the same (both are grocery days). Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are all the same (these are gym days). My Saturday and Sunday lists are a lot less involved and more relaxed. 🙂
What about all that housework! Yep, as you can see from my examples I divided my housework into two 30 min. sessions. One at the start of the day and one at the end to finish things up. I’m in a busy season of life right now so I don’t expect to keep a perfect home. For those of you who are more organized, you might want to add more time to get those detail cleanings done. 😉 For me I just do dishes, laundry, and the first half of the days chores in the morning. At night I finish up dishes from dinner, put away any left over laundry, sweep floors, and finish the days chores. Then I’m done! When you keep a cleaning schedule your house will get clean. After a while your house chores will only be touching things up!
I broke down the house into rooms that need cleaning and assigned them to a day.
*Thursdays: Craft room and pet cages
*Saturday: Living room/Playroom
My son also has chores that he does that helps me out tremendously! Get your kids involved and take some stress off your back! Giving kids chores is a great idea and something I feel is important. It teaches them life skills and makes them feel important because they are helping the family. I will make future posts on age appropriate tasks for the kiddos. 😉
So don’t be afraid to give this a try. This is a VERY relaxed schedule without time restraints. If something doesn’t get done, then don’t stress over it. Use this as a guide for your day and don’t be afraid to make changes to it until you find what works best for you and your family.
Also check out another method of getting organized where you use a notebook to track what needs to get done.