2) Get Realistic
Oh, the schedule. The bane of my existence. We are learning, slowly and surely to stick to a schedule. The older and busier I get, the more I realize that I NEED a schedule in black and white in order to get through my week.
In my “Command Center”, I have each week of the month printed out. On Sunday, I sit down with our calendar and map out the week:
This helps me see if we’re overscheduled, too, so I can add in some “us” time if we need it.
I’ve also devised a morning to-do list. This is a chronological checklist that helps me budget my time before and after work. I’ve distilled it down to the “must-do” (in my mind, of course) things that I want to get done:
- Brew a pot of coffee, pack lunches
- Eat breakfast and do my quiet time
- Make the bed
- Get dressed, pack work bag
- Throw in a load of laundry, if necessary
- Wash breakfast dishes
- Sweep kitchen floor, straighten up
- Take vitamins, drink water (8+ glasses)
- Feed cats, refill cat’s water