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You’ve got to take care of the kids, house, animals, and business. The list is over a mile long and growing. You feel like you’re just spinning your wheels and not gaining any ground.
Breath. Then read the #1 tip I’ve learned to keep my mind sane, get everything done, and still give myself time to breath.
First a disclaimer. I didn’t develop this method. I’ve tried many different methods but the one taught by Charlotte Smith has worked the best by far. It’s a habit that you will build and will continue to make your life easier every week.
You will need a planner. Any planner works, but one with half hour break downs works best. A piece of paper and pen/pencil.
You will do this every week, so pick 1 day that will work best for you. One day that you can dedicate about an hour to plan for the week ahead. For me it’s Saturday morning.
First sit down and write out everything that needs to be done in the coming week. Laundry, special meals, bills to pay, content to create, cleaning, etc. Look at your list and ask yourself if that is all. Repeat until there is nothing left in your brain.
During the week I keep a list on my phone with things that need to be done. I can quickly put them in my phone when I see them during the week and then easily remember them to put on my list for the following week.
Then open your planner and write in your appointments. I keep these in my google calendar and write them down in the planner the week prior. Make sure to also add in mealtimes and the meal prep time, any scheduled animal feeding times.
Find one spot where you can make time for you. I like to do this at a consistent time for routine sake. 1 hour is all you need. This is the time when you relax, read, etc. And yes, it is a must. It allows your body to relax and repair and get ready for the rest of the day.
Once those are written in, look at your list and start scheduling them into your week. Yes, even the laundry. Add in buffer time throughout the week or one big chunk at the end of the week. This is the time for you to catch up when those little things come up and derail your schedule.
Some tips as you get started. If you are unsure how long something will take, guess long. If you are with kids and have never done the task with them, double your time. If something takes longer. It’s ok, you learned you need more time. Stop when your time is up and put it on next weeks list.
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