I have such a deep longing in my soul to be a scheduled person and I’m just not. I’m just not.
There have been brief moments in the past when I have established a schedule and followed it (mostly) for a few weeks and it’s so freeing. It allows me not to stress over things undone because I know that I accomplished today’s tasks and tomorrow holds more things that have times allotted for them. It makes me disciplined, it allows me to relax and spend time with my child and my husband, and it helps me get done all the things that need to get done.
When I’m forced into a schedule because of work, I thrive. Especially when I was in college where I had to manage my time between class, work, and homework.
With the exception of the last few months when my work schedule and picking up boys from school schedule and taking care of a two year old schedule and cooking meals for everyone schedule didn’t allow much time for me to schedule anything else…what I’m saying is schedules are good for me.
So, I sat down this morning and devised a schedule plan. One that’s loose enough to allow for interruptions and structured enough to keep me from wandering aimlessly around looking at messes and allowing them to overwhelm me.
I talked it through with my husband who’s rationality to a faultness was quite helpful. I don’t deserve him. I tell him regularly, and think it even more often, that his life would be so much simpler without me. The ability to cook good food is really all I’ve got going for me. He’s way neater, cleaner, more organized, calmer, simpler…the list goes on and on.
So here’s my non-work day schedule. Note: Other than wake up and bedtime, these are all approximations just to keep me on track. Also, on errand running days, I do that type of thing in the morning so anything after breakfast and before lunch would get nixed or pushed to nap time:
Wake up – 7:00 AM
Bible – 7:15 AM
Shower – 7:30 AM
Breakfast (Aisley wakes up-ideally) – 8:00 AM
Morning Activity with Aisley – 8:30 AM
Clean Kitchen – 9:30/10:00 AM
Play Time (Aisley)/Clean Time (Me) – 10:30-11:30 AM
Lunch/Pick Up Toys – 11:30 AM
Read Books – 12:30 PM
Quiet Time/Nap Time – 1:30-2:30 PM (unless she falls asleep!)
Afternoon Activity with Aisley/Dinner Prep – dependent on quiet/nap time
Bath Time – 5:00 PM
Dinner – 6:30 PM
Bedtime – 7:45-8:00 PM
My Bedtime – 10:00 PM
On the days I work, my schedule is 9 AM-4 PM with time to drop off/pick up Aisley so I’m hoping everything up until breakfast and starting at dinner time can remain the same.
Wish me luck. And I’d love feed back/recommendations and suggestions on how you keep a schedule!–or lack there of.