Tips for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:
When someone first looks at the tasks listed on the Weekly Household Planner, they can become discouraged. It may seem like a lot – but I imagine you are doing many of those tasks already, without even thinking about it! If you are striving towards fitting in a few more tasks during your day, there are ways to fit them in. If you don’t schedule your time your time will schedule you!
It really comes down to learning to create routines and flow to your day in order to create patterns of behavior. When this is part of your rhythm, you have to think less about what comes next. This is precisely why routines work so great for our children, they know what to expect and anticipate the next action. We need to do the same.
Let’s take a look at finding ways to create routines.
Basically, creating a schedule/routine requires that you take a realistic look at the time available and know the tasks that need to be done in that time. You have to allow enough time in your schedule to transition between tasks, to manage necessary items and also add in flexible items.
Some days are busier than others, so you need to keep that in mind, but if you can have a typical window of opportunity available each day, you can use that to your benefit. I know in the morning, I have at least an hour to do many of my tasks in and around the kitchen while I help my little one get ready for the day.
You can over-commit even without leaving home! Seriously. If you can look at your day and see tasks lined up and the hours beginning to dwindle away, take a look at whether you have over-committed your time. If you have a needy toddler at home or a sick child, or perhaps you are feeling a bit run down, make sure you take that into account when you look at your day. When you expect too much you are really setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration – there will be a train wreck in your future. I’ve experienced enough of my own!
Remember to schedule time for yourself. It’s on the daily task list! Pamper Yourself – figure out what that means for you and make it happen. I’ve been trying to lay down every afternoon for 15 minutes as a reward and treat for getting up at 5:30 AM each morning. If that doesn’t happen, then a cup of tea or a quick walk outside will do the trick. I need 15 minutes away from little voices – quiet is what I crave.
Different seasons in our lives require different levels of our “mom” interaction. When you have little ones at home, you are required to be more present, remember this. Allow for this – you may not get all the tasks checked off your list each day, but that is okay. If you have a plan and at least a guide to go by, you waste a lot less time trying to figure out what to do. This is what I share so often with mom’s who are feeling like they are failing because not every task gets crossed off each day – ladies, not every tasks gets crossed off on my list either! I love that I have a list I don’t have to create each day, it’s already done. I can then prioritize what can and needs to get done. There are a lot of weeks that I automatically cross off several tasks that I know do not need done or wont’ get done. The next time they come up I can try to get to them.
Giving yourself grace is key to finding joy while being a mom. Period! We often are our worst critics. Remember to allow yourself to “take a break” is important. I shared more on this one back a few months ago, maybe you missed it?
When you take the time to create a realistic routine with your day and add in tasks that are important to get done, you will find that you are able to get more done in less time. Your schedule is the framework that tells you where you want to use your time and by reviewing the schedule, you can see if your plan was effective. If it is not, then tweak it – we all need to do that from time to time.
Do you have an effective daily routine?