I've been working on tweaking my schedule. I don't always follow it perfectly, but I do refer to it and consider it my ideal. The schedule is there to guide and encourage, not to be a set of handcuffs. Things happen. If they do, I just try to jump back in at the new point in time and go from there. After all, I used to go for WEEKS before my sheets were changed or my floor was vacuumed!
I homeschool my son. Sometimes what we're doing takes longer than the time I've allowed, so I treat the schedule as a flexible tool to meet OUR needs. It's my own customized encouragement tool.
I'm going to post mine. I would LOVE to see your general outline of the day. Even if you don't work by a printed schedule, how do you lay your day out? When I was working outside of the home, the schedule was completely different, of course. Organizing my day brought about more productivity and accomplishment, even then. I really hate the feeling of standing in the middle of the room and not knowing where to start!
So, here's my outline. Will you post about yours and put a link in the comments? Even if it's just "Get up, Go to work, Come home, Eat, Go to bed," I'd still like to see it!
Roxanne's Customized Encouragement List:
- 6:00 wake up
Get dressed, minimal makeup and brush hair
- 6:15 Start laundry
Make breakfast and start supper preps
- 6:55 Let family know breakfast is nearly done (son does room chores)
- 7:00 Breakfast and morning devotional
Clean table, empty dishwasher, load dishwasher, wipe kitchen.
Clean bathrooms, make beds, straighten bedrooms
- 8:30 Homeschool
- 11:00 Exercise while J works on project or plays
- 12:00 Shower, dry hair, dress, makeup
- 12:30 Eat simple lunch
- 1:00 Clean up, load dishwasher, wipe kitchen
- 1:15 Play time outside or projects inside with J
- 1:45 Cleaning chores for day
- 3:00 Homeschool
- 3:45 – 4:15 Computer time for J while I:
Put away laundry
Do cleaning or organization extra project
- 4:15 Free time for both of us
- 4:45 Finish supper prep
- 5:00 J eats supper
- 5:30 J showers and gets ready for bed
- 6:00 J's bedtime
- 6:30 Husband home--eat supper together
- 7:30 Clean kitchen, sweep floor, turn on dishwasher
- Evening plans such as paperwork, meetings, or just rest
- 9:00 Get ready for bed
- 9:30 Lights out
Now, about that exercise time. Stop laughing. It's in the schedule, but that's definitely one spot I tend to allow other things to use. I'll work on that one, too!