Included in my basic weekly plan are all of the things I hope to accomplish over the week, and includes my cleaning focus area, laundry, focus task, meal type (so we don't eat the same kinds of dishes too often, and also makes meal planning MUCH easier), and an evening task. Next year I will include homeschooling activities in this plan as well. Of course, no plan is perfect, nor do I expect to follow it perfectly. It is simply a guide, one that I do my best to follow, a roadmap of sorts. But it's okay to take a detour once in awhile. Bumps in the road are inevitable, but I always love having a smooth highway to return to when things get back to normal. (I'll stop with the driving metaphors now!!).
You can find more detailed information on my cleaning schedule here.
More detailed information on my simple meal planning technique here.
And how I fit it all into my day here.
Also, diaper laundry is done every 2nd night after the kids go to bed... I found that much easier than trying to fit it into my regular laundry routine.
As is the nature of my life, things have changed and evolved a bit even since writing those posts, but the general idea is the same.
So here is what I've come up with so far:
Cleaning Focus Area: Bedrooms (do an extra-thorough cleaning on a different bedroom each week)
Laundry: Colours & Sheets
Task: Memories (baby books, photo albums, etc.)
Cleaning Focus Area: Bathroom
Laundry: Whites & Towels
Supper: Beans & Rice
Cleaning Focus Area: Upstairs Hall/Stairs/Entryway
Cleaning Focus Area: Living Room/Dining Room
Cleaning Focus Area: Kitchen/Laundry Room
Task: Meal Plan & Grocery List
Supper: Burgers/Potatoes/Steamed veg.
Evening: Date Night
Focus Area: Yard/Van
Task: Shopping & Errands
Supper: Homemade pizza
Evening: Family Fun Night
Cleaning Focus Area: None
Task: Food prep for the week (I'd love to get this done on Saturdays but it just doesn't happen)
I would also like to add in some personal fulfillment goals at some point. It seems that meeting and fulfilling my own personal goals is the easiest thing to neglect, so I should definitely be penciling those in. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a scheduled bubble bath? Or pedicure? :) Will we really give those things to ourselves if we don't plan for them? This is definitely an area I need to work on.
I love how laying things out and writing things down brings me such clarity. In the same way that budgeting allows us to spend purposefully, planning our time allows us to spend our time in a purposeful way. This is really just a rough draft, and I'm sure it will evolve and change as time goes on.
Do any of you follow a simple plan like this? Has it helped you to establish rhythms to your days and weeks? Has it evolved and changed during different periods of your life?