Do you struggle to get it all done? I know as a stay at home mom I have struggled with keeping the house relatively clean, cooking, laundry, homeschooling, building relationships with my husband and children (and other family and friends), and taking care of myself. I know that balance is one of the keys to enjoying life. I have found that a schedule helps me to have balance.
If you are overwhelmed by even the thought of making a schedule and sticking to it, you can be encouraged because I am NOT naturally good at schedules. And I do not keep the schedule all the time! But having a schedule helps me to see what is important for most days. Some days my husband might want me to go somewhere with him, and I am able to do it without guilt because I have a schedule that keeps me on track the days I am able to stay home. Other days we will do errands or visit friends or family. My husband and other relationships are a priority for me, and I am able to take time for those things occasionally. Sometimes I would like to spend more time with my friends or family, so I am not perfect at balance. But I have made alot of progress, and I enjoy my life most of the time. 🙂
Having a schedule brings a smoothness to my days that I love! My schedule doesn’t boss me around. It just reminds me that if I don’t think about dinner at 5:00 then it will probably be late, and we will all be cranky. We will then go to bed late (because who feels like going to bed right after you eat?). It will be hard to get up the next morning and we will be more tired the next day! If you have too many days like that I have some tips to help you.
Here is how to make a schedule that will help you to get the things done that you need to do. As well as having time to do some things that you want to do! These are the questions that will help you determine how you to fill in the printable schedule so that it works for you.
- What are your priorities? This question usually takes the longest to answer because God made us all differently, and gave us different jobs. Some of my priorities are to teach my children (chores, school, morals, relationships, manners), build my relationship with my husband, keep the house nice (not perfect!), and to be healthy. I have not felt called at this time to teach at Church, join a homeschool group, or be our main source of income. You may definitely be called to do one of those things! I work on spending time with God everyday (and my Bible or devotionals) so I can remember what God has placed on my heart. Many times God wants us to do things that are good for us like spending time with a friend and some healthy cookies. 🙂
- When are you going to eat? I know this might sound funny, but it is usually the first thing I figure out on my schedule. It is pivotal to keep everyone feeling good. Math is no fun when you are hungry! On my current schedule, we cook lunch at around 11:30. Or we wait till about 12:00 and just heat leftovers. For supper, we try to defrost meat about 4:30. So, we can work on supper at 5:30 or so.
- What time are you going to get ready for bed? How much sleep do you need to feel good everyday? We usually get ready for bed around 9:00 and are laying down around 9:30 because my husband gets up early. Sleeping can add many years to your life, and help you to feel really good so that you can enjoy life. I used to have adrenal fatigue and had alot of trouble sleeping. That is when sleeping became a priority for me. Getting good sleep makes life so much smoother!
- When are the chores going to be done? Who will be assigned for each chore? I am working on teaching my girls how to do more of the housework this summer. I needed more time for homeschool and other responsibilities. And it is one of our priorities as a family that our children will know how to run a house and take excellent care of themselves as well. I don’t want them to grow up without knowing the cooking and organizing skills that will be of benefit to them their whole life. On my schedule there are definite chore times every day.
- What else do you want to accomplish in life (your priorities from question 1). This is where you start filling in the rest of your schedule (for me-time with God, homeschool, and desk time which includes paying bills, blogging, researching.)
I hope this is helpful and brings a smoothness to your days so you can get everything done that you need to accomplish!
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