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How To Make A Workable Schedule

Updated on January 16, 2012
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

How Do You Do It?

Often when people find out that I have numerous children, homeschool, am restoring a house, blog, and have a small farm type living situation they gasp, "How do you DO that?"

The answer is, of course, a schedule. I am not always great about following it but when I do things get done, and life runs much more smoothly than when I don't. Planning ahead enables me to utilize every moment of time and allows me to cover myself when something comes up unexpectedly. Over the years I have learned a few tricks that might help you. Read on!

Friday Cleaning Day. You could count on it.
Friday Cleaning Day. You could count on it.

Certain Chores on Certain Days

In grandmother's time there was a jump rope song that assigned one chore to every day of the week Monday: Wash Day Tuesday: Ironing Day Wednesday: Sewing Day Thursday: Shopping Day Friday: Cleaning Day Saturday: Baking Day Sunday:Church

The truth is that there is alot of truth to that! By scheduling certain things on certain days of the week you can keep your week moving along with precision.My week looks like this:

Monday-laundry

Tuesday-cleaning

Wednesday-cleaning

Thursday -errands

Friday-paperwork/baking

Saturday -family day

Sunday-church

By giving each day of the week a separate chore it is easier to get them done. I know that Thursday I will be running errands, and I know that Friday I will be filing papers, paying bills, doing the checkbook. I know that I can't plan lunch out on Saturday because that is set aside for family. By scheduling I don't have to make as many decisions, some have all ready been made.

Certain Chores at Certain Times

Now, break it down even further,into morning, afternoon, and evening chores.

Mornings:

  • Feed animals
  • Breakfast
  • Quick pick up of house
  • School activities

Afternoons:

  • Chores for the day
  • Blogging

Evenings:

  • Evening chores
  • Family time

By scheduling my days in blocks of time it is easy to know when something needs to be done. Doing the same thing day after day becomes a routine and then a habit. And the habits direct our lives.

Plan For Chaos

By planning ahead you can offset most things that happen to get you off track. Here are some ideas that you can use.

1.When you make a casserole next time double the recipe and put one in the freezer for when you have one of those days where nothing goes quite right and you need a quick and easy supper.

2.Have one outfit that is a no brainer, you know you look great in it. Keep it ready for when you are having one of those days and you can't find anything to wear.

3.Save money and time by planning a menu for a week, two weeks, or a month at a time. When you are done with one month's menus laminate them and use them for next year. You won't have to redo them.

4. Save gas by running all your errands at once. The more planning you do the more things in your life will fall into place.

5. Have a list of things you can do with 5 minutes of time.Organize a drawer, fold a basket of laundry, clean your purse, or plan menus.

6. Simplify. No-one needs 14 pair of underwear.

7. Delegate. Kids can help pick up toys in the earliest years.

8. Work your schedule.

9. Check your schedule at night for the following day

10, Take time to nurture yourself. Read a book, take a bath, have a cup of coffee...do something you like doing.

Cultivate Habits

Once you have a workable schedule stay with it until it becomes habit. When something happens and you fall off it, begin again as soon as you can. By staying with it you will develop good habits and those good habits will keep things running smoothly when life isn't so smooth. There is a difference between routine and rut. One gives you your life back and the other sucks it out of you. It is your choice which you go with.

Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry. Napoleon Bonaparte

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      jess 8 years ago

      im a first time mom and married two years and had a slight clue on how to build a schedule this just made it sooooo much more clearer and uncomplicated. thanks!

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      tega20002k3 9 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      All this schedule is base on your self discipline.

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      feels to read that another human being feels like she's screwing up big time in the mom/household department.  9 years ago

      I can't believe I'm reading this. I can't tell you how it feels to read about another woman who also feels like she's seriously screwing up life's most rewarding role.

      Kim P.

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      Marye Audet 10 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      wow..thank you

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      vaidy19 10 years ago from Chennai, India

      This piece is the perfect answer to all those who complain about not being able to get things done on time and having too much to do. You point to an approach that is simple and practical. And, most important, it inspires optimism. Come out with more such pieces, for then there will be less complaining and more rejoicing!

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      Marye Audet 10 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      LOL! SO am I ..that is why I know how to do it!

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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      Ugh I'm awful with schedules. Good hub!

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