Organize your Schedule

Being a WAHM is super busy!  Sometimes I feel like I don’t have any free time to myself.  Mostly, though, I can end up feeling like I am constantly juggling to keep it all going.  All it takes is one sick child and I’ve dropped the ball.

But the worst feeling is the big G….GUILT.  Guilt for spreading myself too thin.  Guilt for telling my kids ‘just a minute’ over and over.  Guilt for not having a healthy dinner on the table every night.  Guilt for not having the house perfectly clean. 

What has worked for me is taking time every 3 months and evaluating my time and priorities.

So, first I make a list of my top 5 – 7 priorities. 

I identify what is important to me and what/who I want to spend my time on.  This might include cutting out a few things for this season.

Next I evaluate my commitments

Write down ALL activities, work, school, hobbies, kids, family, house, projects, etc.  You get the idea.

 

Third I evaluate my time.

How do I spend my day?  From the time I wake up until I go to sleep.  What do I spend my time doing?

Finally, I write it down.

Get a calendar that will work for you.   

Here is what I like to use ….

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Mine is an 8 x 11 but you can find them smaller if you need. 

I have this one that I put everything in and we have one hanging in the kitchen too.

I color code blocks of time on the monthly calendar according to my priorities, commitments and time.

For me, it breaks down like this:

Green = work time

Blue = kids/family time

Pink = date night

Other ideas are…exercise, errands, house cleaning, etc….

This is what it looks like in my calendar.

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My calendar also has weekly pages after the month and this is where I fill in the details and tasks that need to get done.

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At this stage in my life, the kids keep me pretty busy so I have to decide to let house work go a lot and be ok with that.  It was different when they were little and we were home more.

I like to call our house ‘lived in’.  It’s not perfect and it’s not a total wreck either because we ALL help out, but you get the idea.  There are just so many hours in the day and I choose to spend my time investing in my kids, hubby and job. 

I was at a seminar once where the speaker taught the power of focus with our time.  It is so true and I find color blocking my priorities (kids, husband + work) it helps me focus and enjoy what I am doing at that time! 

It takes practice and effort BUT the pay off is awesome! 

How do you organize your schedule?  Is it similar to mine? 

Try it and leave a comment to let me know what you love about it!

claire

PS  This was also a guest post over at Livin’ The Fit Life!  Go check it out!

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