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Creating a weekly plan has helped me to create a more intentional home. It gives me a visual way to make sure that what needs to get done is getting done! It gives each day a purpose and it makes me feel like I’m really able to stay on top of things. My current situation looks like this: I’m a work at home Mama of two little ones. I’m also expecting again in March. I homeschool my sons (Preschool and Pre-K) so they are in my care all the time.
I plan my week using a regular paper planner. I’ve tried to go digital in the past, but that’s not happening! 🙂 I also use Lara Casey’s Powersheets to help narrow down my goals. I totally recommend Powersheets to anyone who wants to live a more intentional life! They’re so fun to use and they’ve really helped me make progress in certain areas and determine what’s truly important.
Here’s how I plan my week:
I’m currently doing a general pickup each day of our main living areas (living room, kitchen, dining area) and deep cleaning or detailing one room. I used to do Flylady’s system of cleaning and still recommend it, but for my busy life, it just wasn’t working to have an exact to do list. So now, detailing varies by the room’s messiness or what’s going on that day. Somedays it’s a total overhaul. Other days it’s just doing a little bit extra. This is what each day looks like:
Monday: General Clean-Up. (Usually, the house is messy from Sunday!)
Wednesday: Living Room
Friday: Errand Day
This really doesn’t take me very long (1/2 hour to 45 mins) because I’ve really been focusing on “Mama Minimalism”. More on that later, but it’s a game-changer! I struggle with anxiety and am an “Outer order, inner chaos” type of gal, so keeping on top of housework is a must for me.
Other Things I Schedule
I also add in things like:
Exercise (When I’m able!)
What’s for dinner
Any meetings or events we have going on (MOPS, Church, field trips, etc)
The kids’ lesson plans
Any work at home tasks that are urgent
Special activities I plan on doing with the kids that day
How I Write My Weekly Plan Down
As I said, I use a paper planner. My favorite ones are from Anchored Press and Happy Planner. I like cute planners with lots of stickers, what can I say! Unless it’s an appointment, I don’t schedule a specific time for anything. I don’t go by a strict time schedule, but by a simple routine. Things happen at around the same time each day, but it’s never set in stone. I’ve learned to be more flexible.
I also don’t schedule too many things in one day. My main “must-dos” are quiet time/devotions, homeschool, and house cleaning. If those three things are taken care of and the people are fed, it’s been a good day! I’ve found that adding too many things to my to-do list means that half of those things will go undone. It’s better to do a few things well than to do all the things halfway or not at all.
My Tips for Beginners
If you’ve never tried planning out your week, I’d encourage you to give it a go! It’s helped me find a lot of purpose and joy in motherhood. Use a planner or digital system that works for you. A lot of Mamas enjoy Trello, some Moms just use a piece of paper and a pen. Don’t add too much to each day and make sure that the size of your list matches your current season of life.
If you try this, I’d love to hear how your week went!
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