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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Scheduling is not my strong suit

Every day, I struggle with how to plan and execute my day. Crazy, right?  I know.  I'm a SAHM. All I have to do is some housework and play with my daughter. It's a no-brainer.  Well, maybe for you, but not for me.

For example this morning, I was sitting here at the table and thinking about my day, all the different things I want to get done - morning routine, daily cleaning, meals/dishes, yoga with Isabelle, homeschooling, my 1 hour walk, mowing (luckily it's raining so this is off the list), sewing/crochet time, 1 hour outside with Isabelle, a big physical activity with Isabelle; and OH MY GOSH!!!  Where do I even begin?

Now, I do have a monthly/weekly planner that I keep our activities on, and usually I use that to make a list of my daily activities. But even with that I find myself getting lost throughout the day.  

  And yes, I did set up a dry erase board a few weeks ago with morning/afternoon/evening sections to help break up my day and make it flow better.  This is probably the most effective tool I've come up with, but I haven't been sticking to it the way I should.

So this morning, did I stick with the tools I already have in place? Well, no and yes. What I did do was grab a my stack of square sticky notes and wrote each activity on a separate sticky note. And then in a moment of brilliance, I asked Kenn for help.

I told him I had all these different things to get done today and didn't see how I could get it all done or even where to start. He helped me sort it all out and find the order within the chaos. Once we got them sorted, I stuck them up on the marker board so I can quickly see what I'm to be working on during each part of the day.

The only change I'm going to make is to use different colored sticky notes for different types of activities - which is totally nerdy. And that is ok with me.

The unexpected bonus to the marker board system is that I can direct Isabelle to it when she starts pestering me in the morning to go bowling when she knows and it's on the board as an evening activity. This puts us all on the same schedule.

Hope your day is off to a great start!

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