*** I apologize for those of you who were expecting to see this post a month ago. I’ve had some pressing personal issues that prevented me from working on my blog until recently. I will restart this series but will be posting every other week instead of every week as I originally intended — it is, after all, spring :). Thanks! ***
One of the things that I always seem to struggle with is having a good routine that fits in all the things I need to do while still having room for the things I WANT to do. If you followed the Mother’s Rule of Life book study that was going on here during January & February, I will be using her guidelines as my basis for creating my Household Notebook in order to get my priorities in the right order.
To start this week, get a weekly schedule and a monthly schedule. Many people have things that happen weekly and monthly that we need to keep track of. If you don’t already have a weekly and monthly schedule form, take a gander at some of these free forms:
- Donna Young’s Homeschool Weekly Lesson Plan Pages (can be done in any increment desired)
- Printable Weekly Schedule (in 15 minute increments)
- Conference Room Schedule (easily modifiable – in 30 minute increment)
- Month Calendar (old but easily modifiable to be a generic month)
- 2010 Calendar
I purchased a List Plan It membership and if that is the type of thing that does it for you (I am a planner/form geek), it’s well worth it. I find that her forms are very useful. As an example, here are what my weekly and monthly plans look like:
When building your schedule, consider those items that happen regularly, i.e. every week, every other week, monthly, etc. Think about the following areas of your life:
To help keep your priorities in line, schedule all your prayer in first, keeping in mind your family & vocation of course. If you go to Mass or Adoration or have a prayer group, etc. put those in first & then move down the list. For more guidance in discerning your items & priorities, read a Mother’s Rule of Life or talk to your spiritual adviser.
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