When I became a responsible adult, I knew I could achieve anything if I put in the work. But now that I am a mom, I know hard work alone is not enough to get things done.
In reality, you need a lot more than that. What you need is a daily schedule that both maximizes your time and allows you to crush your daily goals.
If you read my about page, you then know that I used to wing it on a daily basis. I’m talking about making excuses, because dinner was never ready on time…
And when it was, the results would always be disappointing and tasteless.
I could never get myself to clean my house every week. But when I did, it was to chase away the feelings of shame I was experiencing when my husband would come home.
Did I mention my bills? Well… let’s just say I was always a little behind to pay them. I guess it is bound to happen when you don’t know how to use a calendar.
Yep, it was ugly…
Each day that passed was worst than the last. I was failing as mom, too unorganized to be a good homemaker, and way too tired to make my life more enjoyable.
And then something amazing happened. I stumbled upon…
THE 3 SECRET RULES TO CREATE THE PERFECT DAILY SCHEDULE
Wait a minute! Before we dive in and create an amazing daily schedule that will help you make the most of your day, crush your endless to do list and make you more productive.
I want to talk about the word “perfect” I associated with daily schedule.
First of all, there is no perfect schedule, planning tool or magic trick that will make you a more organized and productive mom. But there is a formula you can use to get there.
So the right title should be…
THE 3 SECRET RULES TO CREATE THE RIGHT DAILY SCHEDULE
Secret #1 : Use the right tools to schedule your day
If you want to plan your day successfully, there are multiple ways to go about it. It will depend mostly on the type of person you are. I personally like the old fashion way of doing things, so I use a pen and paper to organize my day.
And I still think it is the best ways to do it. Here’s the list of things you will need to get started
- Your calendar
- The daily schedule printable (you can find below)
- A block of post-its.
- A pen
- A piece of tape
- An erasable marker
- 1 sheet protector
Secret #2 : Plan the night before (5 minutes)
If you want to have a successful day, you need to plan it at night. Doing it in the morning is the worst thing you can possibly do. When you wake up, it takes you a moment to get back to your senses and get going.
So if you need to get up and find out what you need to do for the day, you might feel lazy and think “there’s no rush” since you haven’t thought about it yet.
Here’s the best way to do it:
Step 1: Print the daily schedule printable above.
Step 2: On the daily schedule printable, There are 3 columns. On the first column, you will write the time by which you start each task. On the second, write down everything you do from the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to bed, chronologically.
Also add the things you need to do, to make your day more productive, and accomplish your house chores more seamlessly. And the third column is used to check off every task completed.
Step 3: For now, use the daily schedule you’ve just created on its own. The great thing about it is, if you need to readjust things, you can print another copy and try again.
Another great thing this schedule does, is to help you see where and at what time you’re struggling to do what you’re supposed to.
For a long time I was stuck after 3 pm. At 3 pm, I was supposed to tidy the house, read a few pages of a book and take my son to the park. But I would always get off track, forget about the time because I was watching TV.
So what I did was to set an hour to eat my lunch and catch up on my favorite show. You can even set an alarm. That way when the alarm goes off, you go back to your daily schedule and work on the next task.
Step 4: Once you are comfortable with your new schedule. Take 5 minutes every night, to take a look at your monthly calendar. What do you have written for the next day? A medical appointment?
Do you have to pay a certain bill? Or is it the day you’re supposed to buy groceries?
Using a post it and a pen, write the date at the top, followed by the 3 most important things you need to accomplish that day. To achieve the goals on your post it, find chunks of time in between the tasks you have on your daily schedule.
Step 5: Put your daily schedule printable in a sheet protector, with your post it on top of it. And place it on a wall using a piece of tape, where you can see it often. Mine is close to my kitchen area.
Step 6: Then, everyday use your erasable marker to check off every task accomplished and a pen to do the same with your 3 most important tasks on the post it. (Don’t forget to repeat step 4 every night).
Secret #3 : Mistakes you should avoid and what to do instead
Learning to make the most of your day takes time. This means you will make lots of mistakes along the way until you figure it out. Which is totally fine. But I thought…
if I could save you the trouble of going through some of those mistakes, why not save a friend 🙂 . So here’s a small list of mistakes you should avoid and what to do instead:
Mistake 1: Stop waiting to feel motivated to accomplish things. Following a daily schedule isn’t something you need to feel motivated to do. They are days when you feel you are doing a great job and others when you wonder why you even got out of bed.
Planning your day effectively is about making an appointment with yourself, every day, to get the job done because you’re life and family depends on it.
Mistake 2: Don’t let perfectionism ruin your efforts. If you have missed a day or a few hours, don’t quit. Forgive yourself and avoid these mistakes next time. We’re humans!
Mistake 3: Don’t use the same strategy for the rest of your life. If your current schedule isn’t working for you anymore because you’ve entered a new phase in your life, readjust your strategy a little or implement a new one altogether.
Don’t be afraid of change.
Mistake 4: Avoid comparing yourself to the standards other people have set for themselves. Every family is unique in terms of their parenting style, how they run their family and how they do things. You are the only person who knows what’s best for you. So stick with that.
There you have it. The 3 secret rules to create the daily schedule that is right for you and your family.
THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
Now that I have answered the “what” and “how”, I would like to emphasize on the “why”.
Why would anyone want to create some sort of schedule telling them what to do, at all times? There’s nothing spontaneous about it.
Well… Time is the most valuable asset a human being can have. If you don’t have time, you can’t make money, let alone spend it.
If you don’t have time, you cannot do the things you need to do or the things you love to do. Everything we do and have revolves around time in one way or another.
And it’s by controlling how your spend your time, that you can enjoy more of your life.
Which brings me to our roles as moms. We may have just as much time as our children do (24 hours), but we have way more responsibilities and obligations than they can begin to imagine.
And for that reason alone, we can’t afford to live spontaneously 24/7. We need to plan and be organized to make things happen.
Nevertheless, it isn’t all bad. There are great reasons why creating a daily schedule will be one of the best decision you will ever make. Let me enumerate them for you.
THE BENEFITS OF A DAILY SCHEDULE
- Accomplish more tasks every day.
- Stop wondering for hours about what needs to be done
- Appreciate you free time more
- Stress less
- Be proud to have a system that works
- This simple system is free
- You can track your habits and problems
- Your family can help if they see the schedule
- It will teach you to be consistent in your life
- You can share this method with a friend who struggles too
If these 10 reasons don’t convince you to create a daily schedule today, I don’t know what will 😉 !
ON A FINAL NOTE…
I truly believe one of the keys for moms to find happiness, is through organization. Not because being organized is fun all the time. We both know it isn’t.
But we can’t deny that it gives you peace of mind to know you are being efficient and doing your absolute best to keep you home, family and life up and running.
I always say, the big wins are in the little details. It’s by focusing on each day and making the most of your daily schedule that you will be truly successful.
What does a great daily schedule looks like for you?