This morning I woke up to a crying little munchkin. He wanted snuggle time earlier than usual today. Maybe he is teething. Maybe is just a bit cranky. No matter what the reason it threw my day a bit off course.
My habitual routine goes a little like this:
- Wake up. Take vitamins and drink a glass of warm lemon water.
- Feed Matthias and change his diaper. Give him some milk.
- Have coffee and read my bible.
- Put a load of laundry on the wash.
- Feed the dog. Feed the kids. (not necessarily in that order)
- Have a breakfast shake (by the way, I have lost 23 lbs in 11 weeks!).
- Read a few of my favorite blogs and just take in the morning.
- Unload the dishwasher, wipe down the counters, rinse dirty dishes from breakfast, take out tonight’s dinner, and put the first load of laundry in the dryer.
- Sweep, change another diaper, get the kids to do their chores, make the bed, clean our bathroom, and get ready for the day.
- Free time or writing time.
The thing is when I wake up late or miss a step then I get thrown all off course. Today I forgot many of the above because by the time I was able to get up I was starving and had to skip down to “have a breakfast shake” only that shake was in the form of a cinnamon roll because it was there and it was fast. So the kids were grumbling, the baby was crying, and the laundry didn’t get done. Can you relate?
The one thing I have discovered over the years is that a little bit of planning goes a long way. I use a weekly planner as a guide, not a rigid to do list and because of that I have more freedom and less stress in my day. Sometimes I don’t get around to taking the 10 minutes to plan and I have days like today. That is when I know it is worth my time right then and there to sit down and do the planning. I know it will save me time in the upcoming days. Just like a grocery list saves you money, a weekly planner will save you time.
I thought I would share mine with you.
I have revamped it a bit since I offered my old one to you: How to Organize Your Life. I still use the daily and weekly routine like I always have but I made better use of the space and added a section for a menu. I put the important tasks at the top. This would be like a “want to accomplish” list that week. Then, at the bottom I added a calendar section for important appointments. That way you have your entire week at a glance. That is why I call it my “personal assistant”.
At the bottom of this post will be a link to download my form in pdf so you can see what it looks like but I am also including an editable version so that you can customize it. All of the fonts and colors match the forms I gave out last week too so you will be coordinating. I know you like that. 🙂
I recommend the following steps to figuring out what you will need for your form.
- Get out a piece of paper or open a new document on your computer. It is time to brainstorm.
- Consider your habitual routine and jot down what you usually do.
- Write down what you would like to add to that.
- After you have written down everything you would like to accomplish in a week, mark each one as either “daily” or “one day a week”.
- All of the daily tasks should go under “daily routine” and all of the one day a week tasks should go under “weekly routine”. Simply decide which day you would prefer to do that particular weekly task.
- Once you have it all down the way you think it should go visually go through your day with these tasks. Did you forget anything? Does something need to be moved elsewhere? If so do it now.
- Add your appointments for the week, tasks to accomplish, and your weekly menu.
Enjoy using this planner as your guide. This way you will know what you are working towards each day and if you get off track you can easily see what you need to do to get back.
You will need Adobe Reader to open and edit this file. You can download it here.
Download the forms here: