Even though it is not a new calendar year necessarily, I am no longer working in a school district, and my kids are not yet in school (although we refer to the daycare program as “school”) I still feel like September is a good time to reorganize and get some fresh habits.
Maybe it is the cool weather coming in and the preparation for winter when I will be locked up in my house in snowy Buffalo. Maybe it is the end of the care-free days of summer. Maybe it is my OCD. Regardless, I have this feeling that it is time to take a look at life and figure out what I can do to make it a little less stressful.
Back at the beginning of the year I started using a number of “planning” and “organizational” tools, all housed in a “Household Management Binder” of sorts.
I had a pre-printed grocery list I used weekly on which I checked off or jotted down the items we needed for the week. I had a pre-printed chore list, broken down by rooms in the house. At the start of each day I picked one, two, or as many chores I would have liked to get done. My goal was not for every surface to shine everyday, but for me to have a home I felt comfortable enough to have guests in at any given moment. In the past I found that assigning a chore to a specific day did not work for me…it was too rigid. I had a daily planner that outlined everything from appointments, to dos, menu, things to absolutely get done, notes, exercise, bla bla bla. That actually worked well for a while until I missed filling out a day. Then another. Then another. You get the idea. I planned my weekly menu on Google Calendar. Loved it because I could save the links to my recipes or ideas I would be using right there! We even sat down and did a weekly budget…Thank you SK2.
Then came the end of pregnancy when I was lucky to get a single task–napping and chasing a two-year-old not included–done.
Then came a baby and I was lucky to get a single task–napping, nursing, changing diapers, rocking an infant, chasing a two-year-old, and potty training not included–done.
A planner? Yeah right!
Well, now I am ready to be back on track with the intent to use everything as before…except the Daily planner. It is just too much to fill in all that stuff everyday when I am rushing around as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning. But weekly? I can manage that.
So I spent a couple of nap times doing this…
I have my To Do (including workouts, work, or activities with Moira & Ronan); To Clean (where I can jot down what chores I will do from my weekly chore sheet); To Go (for appointments and errands); To Eat (dinner…and any other meals that need planning); and To Remember (any extra important stuff that week). I can fill out the majority at the start of the week and fill in the rest on that day or as it comes up.
Less paper…less filling in. I have even thought about putting this in a frame for a dry-erase calendar. Not quite there yet.
Feel free to use for yourself. I am happy to have some organized chaos in my life again!!!