(1) Write out your schedule for the whole week
(2) Highlight what is
(4) Leave alone (or highlight in a different color) what is necessary but forever flexible
(5) Allot a certain period each day/night for quiet downtime.
(6) Make sure there is one day in your schedule that you are home and uncommitted to the "outside" world.
(7) Guarantee one part of your day (morning, night, or both) for meditative prayer and spiritual reading.
EXAMPLE using my schedule this coming week:
Prepare for elementary and jr. high history classes
Wash bedding (this got done today because husband stepped up to the plate)
Make sure dance clothes are washed and packed in dance bag
Chicken and potatoes in bacon sauce
Co-op classes (this defines our whole day...usually nothing else is allowed to be scheduled this day)
Kids started with school work
Office (I try to go in at least 2 hours every Tues., Wed., and Thurs.,...as I make my own hours this is easily changed, rescheduled to morning or afternoon or crossed out all-together depending on my family's needs and activities)
4:30 Ballet (Annie) and Drums (Chelsea)
6 Hip Hop (Annie)
Check over school work (I try to do this daily...3 times weekly keeps schoolwork going smoothly...I am not panicking over it on Tuesday...most of the time it gets done on a daily basis)
CCD work day (the one day written-in-stone)
Menu---Steak in crockpot (if I forget or don't have time to put something in crockpot, my family blesses me...either husband, one of my daughters or my future daughter-in-law cooks for the family)
DRE Meeting 9:30 AM (I enjoy these meetings, learn so much, and get to exchange thoughts and ideas with other DREs...it is only once a month so I haven't missed one yet...not mandatory so I can skip if necessary which means there's no-pressure to attend...I like that!)
Check over school work (if, by some freak occurance, I have not been able to check over their daily work and do corrections, it is now time to panic...this would be the day it becomes mandatory to look over their school work if I have skipped any of the other days)
Yearbook Party (fun with friends) 3:30-5:30 PM (though this could be canceled if I find myself overwhelmed by the end of the day, it isn't a good idea since the children need this outting and, frankly, I need the connection with friends too. :-)
Jazz @ 6 PMMenu---Beef Stroganoff
Schoolwork with the kids
Soccer @ 6 PM
Menu---??? (frozen pizza if necessary)
Day of Rest
Menu---??? (husband usually anoints his fabulous cast iron pot)
Godbaby's 1st birthday party (cannot miss 1st birthday parties or the chance to see my handsome little man)
Inbetween I do the things that have to be done but, at some point, are flexible enough and can be manuevered and dictated to others so I have changed them to pink-highlight rather than the yellow which cannot be moved or dictated to others.
- laundry (I can zap this down to twice weekly if need be and the older children do their own laundry which helps),
q uick clean-ups(extremely questionable...I usually do this at night before going to bed and that holds my sanity but, if I am feeling rushed, harried, or too tired; I have been known to do a one-day-mass clean-up on the weekend and ignore it Monday-Friday though extremely rare),
- feed and water chickens (strangely I find this a very relaxing chore...love my chickens),
- supervise dishes (I have a sanity issue with my kitchen sink...this chore belongs to my daughters but I have to stay on top of them as the younger two have an adversity to icky, gooy, slimy, moldy food upon dishes...it isn't practical to go the whole week without baptizing my sink periodically),
- chauffeur (this includes dealing with the logistics of getting older children to help with the younger ones, where they need to be and picking them up if necessary),
shop(delegate to licensed drivers in household if necessary...though truly something written in stone, the reason I've crossed it out is because as long as I get to the store once a week for the bulk shopping I can usually dictate shopping the rest of the week or survive on what's in the pantry),
- try to keep everyone
happy, happy, happy(again questionable...some days just aren't that happy and it's impossible for me to keep every single person in this household HAPPY on a 24/7 schedule...I think I deserve an "A" for effort ;-),
Facebook Status from August 17:
"Sometimes you have to tell your children 'No' simply to preserve your sanity and, while it makes them very unhappy, they need to realize that their need for happiness is co-dependant on Momma's need for sanity."
- pray, pray, pray (mandatory),