We are pretty much half way through "31 Days to Clean"!
How many of you have a schedule? How many of you have a schedule that you actually follow everyday? How many of you like to write schedule's but never get around to following them?
I am in the latter category.
I love to write schedules and make myself little plans, but following them is, well, not my best strength. In order to remedy this fault of mine (and yes, I consider it a fault) I have decided to come up with a schedule that fits my God-given self! It must be flexible, easy, and workable.
I want you to do the same - up for the challenge?
For those of you who hate the word "schedule," please don't brush me off here! I am not suggesting to pencil in something for every minute of the day (or hour for that matter). What I'm going to suggest is coming up with a schedule (routine, mama's workable day, whatever you want to call it) that works for you.
Here are some suggestions in creating a workable schedule:
Go back to your list of priorities and review it (if you haven't made one yet, now is the time). If you're priority is to keep your house in order and pay attention to your kiddos, but you find yourself on the computer more often than not, you may have to regulate yourself by setting a time limit.
Make sure to schedule time for your hobbies (blogging, reading, writing, scrap booking, etc.) Maybe you only have time in your day for 15 minutes of a certain hobby, or maybe you can block out two hours. Whatever the case, use the time you've scheduled, otherwise you will probably end up wasting time or losing it altogether. I schedule my time with Lord as the sun is rising - not because I'm a morning person but because if I don't it won't happen. I need that time in the morning to give me strength and insight for the day.
Do what comes naturally. When creating your workable schedule, figure out what's already "set" in your day. What already comes natural to you? Start there and don't try and change it - just go with it - you will add on from here. For example, every morning my kiddos watch a morning video and then eat breakfast. We also eat dinner at 4pm (yea, I know, we're weird) and bedtime is 6:30pm (for the babes, not us). This works, it happens naturally everyday, so why change it? (At least at this point - in the fall I plan on homeschooling my three year old so our schedule will change).
Write it down and then stick it somewhere you see everyday. Yes, it can and will change - be flexible.
You can be as detailed or simple as you like. You can come up with a complete cleaning schedule with different things to do each day of the week, or a general one. Either way, do what fits you.
Here's my very general schedule:
5 am - Wake - spend time reading scripture and praying
6 am - Peruse the blogosphere
6:15 am - Make Jesse's lunch and help him get ready for work
6:30 am - Kiddos up - watch video (Right now my little girl loves Angeline Ballerina!)
Around 7/7:15 am - Breakfast
7:45 am - 11 am - Kiddos play, me clean (son takes nap from 8:30 am - 10 am)
11 am - Lunch
11 am - 1 pm - Errands, park, play, grocery shop, etc.
1 pm - 2:30 pm - Kids take naps - I can do whatever I want (although I should use this for cleaning time)!
3 pm - Start dinner, set table, general pick-up
4 pm - Dinner
4:45 pm - 6:30 - Family Time - play, read, take a walk, etc. (no T.V.)
6:30 pm - Kids to bed - oh yea baby!
7 pm - FREEDOM! (Okay, I know that saying "freedom" sounds like I have a bad attitude towards my babes, but I don't! However, I do enjoy the relaxing down time after a full day of toddlers!)
7 - 8 pm - Computer time/writing
8 pm - Time with my man (unless he has softball, then probably more blogging time!)
10 pm - Bed - oh sweet rest, I love you!