Guest Blogger: Kristen Mattison
Why Planning Is Important
As a stay-at-home mom, I feel really overwhelmed if Monday morning arrives and I don’t have a plan for how I’m going to tackle the week. This is why it’s imperative that I spend time on Saturday or Sunday to plan ahead.
When you plan ahead, you create a focus for how you will spend your time. When you’re intentional with your time, you will accomplish more, even if it’s just playing with your kiddo’s.
Without a plan, you easily feel overwhelmed and that can lead to avoidance and procrastination. Nothing will get done.
If you are looking to feel more organized and productive, and less overwhelmed and stressed, you can start with the task of planning ahead.
I’m going to share with you my 4 step easy planning system that I use as a stay-at-home mom with two kids – one in preschool and one in grade school.
4 Steps to Easy Planning for Stay-at-Home Mom’s
Step 1: Everything Goes on a Family Calendar
Every household should have a family calendar. This is a paper calendar that hangs in a convenient location for the whole family to view.
Once you are made aware of an appointment or event, it immediately is placed on the family calendar.
You can include the following on your family calendar:
- Doctor/ Vet/ Dentist/Haircut appointments
- Sports practice/games
- Special theme days at school
- School pictures
- Car inspections
- Half-days/days off of school
- Work schedule
- Commitments with friends and family
- Important due dates
- House projects (my husband now includes these so I don’t fill up the calendar leaving him with no time to work on his projects)
- Re-occurring tasks that may be forgotten (ie. – the dog needs to be groomed every six weeks. I add this to the calendar before even making an appointment so it’s not forgotten.)
Step 2: Transfer Events from Family Calendar to Your Day Planner
Purchase your own day planner. Make sure it is something you love and works for you. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right format.
Sit down with your day planner on Saturday or Sunday and transfer events from the family calendar into your day planner. Focus on the week ahead, but if you have time, be ambitious and plan two weeks in advance so upcoming events become top of mind for you.
After all the events from the family calendar are in your day planner, work on filling it in with your personal to-do’s (we will talk more about this in a minute), routines, and anything else that you need to remember for the week ahead.
You Can Include the Following on Your Planner:
- Everything from your family calendar
- Workout schedule
- Dinner for the day
- Projects/work you need to work on
- Errands you need to run
- Cleaning schedule for the week
- Carpool duties
- Drop-off/pick-up kids
Step 3: Create a Master To-Do List for the Week
After your day planner is filled out, take out a blank piece of paper and basically dump out all the things that are swimming around in your brain.
You know…those things you keep telling yourself you can’t forget. Like picking up a birthday present, making a phone call, or running to the post office.
Write out all the tasks on a piece of paper. Then go through and write next to the task the date it has to be completed by.
Step 4: Plug Your To-Do’s Into Day Planner
Now that you have all family events and responsibilities written down in your planner, you can focus on plugging in your to-do items.
Go through your master to-do list looking at the dates you put next to each task. Record the tasks that have to be done with the appropriate days.
You will feel a lot more calm, and motivated, knowing that you have a plan for how you will work through your to-do list.
This 4 Step Easy Planning Routine Will Improve Your Family Life
If you make the time for this planning routine, I promise you it will change your life for the better.
You will start your day with an intention of how you will spend your time. You’ll feel more organized and productive, and less stressed and overwhelmed.
What is your favorite way to plan? I love hearing about others planning routines so let me know in the comments below.
Hi! I’m Kristen of This Routine Life. I am a wife and mom of two young boys. My obsession is finding ways to make motherhood more joyful and less overwhelming. I hope to teach and inspire you to be intentional with your time by using routines and habits so that you can enjoy your day and your family.