Like most moms, I have a lot of balls in the air. Between sports, theater, art, school, homework, playdates, and other kids activities, I’m always running from place to place. I’m self-employed too, which means I have a lot of things – big and small – to deal with each and every day. The summers are especially challenging for me because I’m not in a regular routine, so every week brings something different. The secret to planning for me is something I do each and every Sunday night – carefully plan out my week.
When planning my schedule, I start with my monthly page. All appointments and commitments go on that page. (See how I stay organized for the entire school year here). I also have a separate editorial calendar for my blog, and business goals.
On Sunday nights, I sit down with my weekly schedule, and start planning. First, I put in any of the appointments and commitments from the monthly calendar. I match that up with the kids’ schedule so I know what time I have to myself. Then, I start plotting in anything that I need to get done in the week. Things like shopping trips, bill paying, phone calls, get scheduled whenever I have time blocks. Then I add in work projects and commitments.
Planning for the week involves more than just finding space for my tasks. I also want to find a good balance. So, after filling in the blanks, I see how my week looks, and make sure that I am getting enough me time – whether it’s time to read, exercise, or socialize. I also try to plan things for the optimal time. For instance, I like to go to Target early in the day – when it’s quieter and the errand takes less time.
I do try to stick to that planned schedule, but sometimes things change on the go. In that case, I move things around as best as I can.