Confession time: During the latter part of 2013 I have felt like I had just been running in circles doing laundry, dishes and cleaning that never seem to get finished. I would lay down at night feeling like I had accomplished nothing during my day of running wild and then realize how much time I had actually wasted during the day and realized half of my bills this month were late because I had forgotten about them.
So, If you've read much by me, and I haven't written very much, you've seen that I once created a "Domestic Executive's Daily Planner". Said planner has been sitting in my office untouched for the past year.... ok two years.
Thanks to Crystal over at www.moneysavingmom.com I have been inspired to pull it out, touch it up, and use it once more. She inspired this reader to set goals for the year and to break them down into bite-sized pieces.
Let's get to it. What I have added.
1. A family daily schedule. This is turning out to be more of guidelines, actually but it IS helping keep me on track as to when things get done. I broke the week down into daily schedules because we do different things on different days and I wanted to account for home-school co-op days and veggie co-op days. If you are interested in the veggie co-op, that is next weeks topic.
2. A calendar. I found a free printable 2014 calendar online and printed it, punched it with my 3-hole puncher and stuck it in there. I went ahead and filled in birthdays and anniversaries for the year, I have filled in when my bills are due each month (purple ink for auto pay and red for the ones I have to pay). I have jotted the days that my husband and I will sit down for our monthly budget meeting. I also have made one of my weekly chores to check this book and see which bills are due that week and pay them that day.
3.A goal sheet-and this is where Crystal was the inspiration. I have made several goals for the year and in order to accomplish them, I broke them into bite-sized pieces. My goals for the year are;1. Read the Bible 5 times a week, 2. Start freezer cooking, 3. Read 1 book a month, 4. Learn a new skill, 5. Blog 1 time a week and 6. utilize my time more wisely.
I found a weekly goal sheet on www.moneysavingmom.com and printed each of my goals on it. It is safely inside one of my page protectors and each week I will write my bite-sized goal. This week my sheet looks like this:
Date: January 5-11
Bible reading: Psalms chapters 5-11 and Proverbs chapters 5-11 (each week I will write what my plan asks me to read)
Budget: Write and stick to a budget and hold monthly budget meetings. This was done on Sunday.
Freezer cooking: this week I plan to make breakfast burritos to freeze
Reading: this week I plan to read chapters 1-4 of 'When Godly people do Ungodly Things' I will choose a book a month and divide the chapters by 4.
(next goal I just added, try not to freak out when you get this far into a blog entry only to think you have just deleted the entire post)
Learning: This one is blank so far. I found a link to an article on 24 things you can learn online for free. I plan to learn one of these but I'm not sure which one yet.... I think that is my goal for this week, figure out what I want to learn this year. Here's the link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/24-invaluable-skills-to-learn-for-free-online-this-year.
And Blog once a week; This goal is being accomplished today, so I can cross something off my list. My plan for next week is to talk about the totally awesome veggie co-op group I belong to...so come back.
I still have my daily docket of chores, my weekly and monthly chores plan in place. If you want to learn more about MY chores plans visit http://theandreablogs.blogspot.com/2011/04/domestic-executives-daily-planner.html, if you would like to hear more from Crystal and print off the chore dockets you can visit http://moneysavingmom.com/downloads/household-management-forms and while you are there take time to explore the rest of her site, she's got some great ideas.
Thanks for stopping by. As always, your kind comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Happy Home Managing,