As I discussed yesterday, I am in the process of establishing my Household Management Binder and schedule so that I can focus on my top 6 priorities for 2013. I just finished reading Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free by Amy Andrews, which proved to be an invaluable resource for my basic day to day schedule. In the book, Amy discusses developing a schedule based on activities that help your to reach your goals. If you are in the process of making a schedule for 2013 or if you too need to reevaluate your priorities, I would highly recommend reading this book (and at this very moment the ebook is FREE). Amy also provides several printable resources to assist you in making your schedule at TellYourTime.com.
Based on the principles in the book and the priorities that I established, I put the following activities into my schedule:
1. Relationship with God:
- Daily Bible Reading/Prayer Time
- Daily One-on-one Time
- Monthly Date Night or Weekly in Home Date Night
- Daily One-on-one Time (30 min per child)
- Family Time
- Family Outings
- "Preschool" Time
- Bi-weekly Friend/Ministry Time (will include catching up with friends, delivering meals, volunteering, etc)
- Rest/Nap Time
- Exercise Time
- TV/Reading Time
- Work (Blogging) Time
- Morning Routine (Make Bed, Eat Breakfast, Load of Laundry, etc)
- Meal Planning
- Grocery Shopping
- After Dinner Clean-up
Although I love a good schedule, it is important to remember that you need to leave some white space or "cushion" as Amy Andrews calls it. This allows you to insert any other activities in that you need to complete. I also believe that you need to still have some flexibility when it comes to your schedule.
Do you have a daily schedule? If so, how do you schedule activities that keep your priorities in order?