I am a very firm believer that planning your day makes you more productive. There’s no need to hyper-schedule every single minute, but having a structure in place can keep you on track, and keep your household running smoothly.
I like to put everything down on paper, or use a spreadsheet. I created a planner page to help me set things up, and keep things organized. A PDF version of that page is located here if you would like to download it. I think it would be a useful addition to your household notebook. (and of course, it’s completely free. If you would like the excel version, so that you can edit it, just email me, and I would be glad to share!)
In any case, I wanted to show you guys the page, and go a little more in depth with it, as well as show you an example of what mine looks like from day to day.
This is the page itself, in all it’s empty glory. There’s plenty of space to track pretty much anything you need to track.
The “Top 3 Tasks” section is for your most important tasks. 3 things that if you get them done, even if they are the ONLY things on your to-do list that you complete, you will still feel like your day was productive.
“Everything Else” is exactly that! All the other stuff on your to-do list.
This section is for you to track feedings and naps, if you have baby on a schedule. It’s helpful when trying to determine the reasons for crying, when you should try to run errands, etc, etc.
This section is a very important section. Fitness! This is a place for you to track your daily calorie intake if that’s something you like to keep up with. You can track calories burned, and workout lengths, which is helpful if you’re taking any type of weight loss challenges, or using an online system to track weight loss. If you run/jog, there’s also a place to put in the amount of miles you did.
The tentative schedule is for you really set up the structure of your day. It makes you think about the best order in which to do your tasks, and helps to make the best use of your time during the day.