As a mom and blogger (of two websites), I find that I need to be in full control of my schedule each day. I’ve learned about many different personal scheduling/personal effectiveness programs, but many of them are geared specifically to work schedule, not a hybrid of work/family tasks. The system I use takes some elements of the different things I’ve learned, and combines them in a way that works best for me. Hopefully, they will work for you too.
Tips for Planning Your Schedule
Tips for Planning Your Daily Schedule
Start at the Weekly Level
I’ve written before about how to schedule your week. This is extremely important, especially for a mom schedule. In order to plan my tasks for each day, I need to have a balanced week. So, before the week starts, I always look to see what appointments I have. Things like school half-days, doctor appointments, and work meetings often eat up a good part of my day, so I try to limit them to one or two per week. When I look at my weekly schedule, I keep in mind that I’ll be less effective on days that I have other obligations.
Prioritize Tasks Each Day
Each day, I try to prioritize a handful of tasks that absolutely must be done. For me, that would include things like paying bills, buying groceries, and writing sponsored blog posts. I try to do those early in the day to ensure they get done. The book, (affiliate link) “Eat That Frog” gives great advice on how to get required things done. It’s geared towards a working schedule, but is good for stay-at-home moms as well.
I also have a set of tasks that don’t necessarily need to be completed that day, but still need to be done. I fill those in after the required tasks. Finally, I have some tasks that I’d like to do, but don’t need to do. Those include reorganizing things in my home, and some social media tasks for my sites. I keep that list for when I have free time.
Everyone has a time of day when they are most effective. If you can, make sure you do most difficult tasks during that time. I tend to be best at writing blog posts around noon, so that’s when I generally plan to do them. I also prefer to do more mindless tasks, like Pinterest and Facebook scheduling, at night when I am catching up on TV.
In addition, I also consider outside elements when scheduling. For instance, if a trip to Target is on my list, I like to do that first thing in the morning, when the store is least crowded. I end up saving time by shopping in an empty store.
Build in Flexible Time
The phone is going to ring, kids are going to get sick, and emergencies are going to crop up. I make sure that I build in flexible time so that my schedule isn’t entirely derailed by these things. I also try to get as much work possible done on Mondays and Tuesdays, so that I can have more wiggle room in my schedule later in the week.
How do you plan your day?