Having a life management plan has been the secret sauce to going from completely overwhelmed to having it together. Seriously friends, if you don’t already have one, you need to create a life management plan.
It is no secret that I struggled as a work at home mom and homemaker when I first started out. I didn’t know how to effectively manage all of my responsibilities. I would just do a little of this and a little of that as I had time. There was no clear plan and I constantly felt like I was drowning. Sound familiar?
Over the years I developed a pretty good system that kept me afloat. Recently, however, I have gotten out of the habit. With my husband gone 14+ hours per day, I am in charge of almost all the household responsibilities. That is why it is absolutely imperative to have a plan of action in place. Otherwise, I set myself up to fail.
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To give myself a much needed kick in the pants, I recently took a 5 Day Complete Life Management Course. The course was created by Kim of Thrifty Little Mom and I seriously cannot say enough good things about the course. If you are chronically disorganized, struggle with remembering important tasks, and feel like you cannot stay on top of everything you need to do, I strongly suggest you take Kim’s 5 Day Complete Life Management Course. It is packed with great information and guides you step by step to finally feel like you are in control. It will also help you quite a bit with planning the items I am writing about below.
If you are ready to have more peace and control in your life, these are the 5 things that you need to start planning right now.
Having a daily flow has been crucial to maintaining order in my home. It is best for everyone to know when to expect certain things to happen. Knowing that I will always have quiet time at the same time everyday lets me have something to look forward to and keeps me calm. Maintaining a consistent structure also prevents tantrums and resistance from my kids when they know exactly what is coming. Having a daily structure has been even more important to maintaining a happy home this summer. To give you some inspiration for how you might want to structure your day, I thought I would share what our day looks like with you:
- 7:30 Wake up and eat breakfast
- Get dressed, brush teeth, and make bed
- Quick morning clean up
- Free play or outing
- 12:30 – 2:30 Quiet time
- Quick afternoon clean up and quiet screen time if baby is still napping. If not napping we play outside
- Boys karate class
- Evening clean up and free play
- 6:30-7:30 Bath, brush teeth, bathroom, story and bedtime
As you may have noticed, only 3 items in this list are set for specific times. The other things we just kind of do at our leisure. You don’t have to have a hard and fast schedule that you follow to the letter. A general of idea of how the day will progress is enough and allows for enough flexibility for everyone to be happy.
As a work at home mom, I want to make sure that I am getting more work done in less time so I have more time to devote to my family and my home. When I don’t plan my week ahead of time, I waste time trying to figure out what to do first and it completely kills my productivity. I end up spending more time working to make sure I get everything done. Precious time that I could be spending with my family. Choose a designated time to create your work schedule for the week. Create a list of tasks that need to get done and schedule them in order of priority.
This is probably the most important item that I plan. Meal planning saves me a ton of time because I already know what we are eating for dinner every day. It also saves me time in the store because I already know what I am buying and I can be in and out of the grocery store pretty quickly. I also use some free meal planning resources to save even more time.The 5 Day Complete Life Management Course will take you through how to meal plan effectively. After taking the 5 Day Complete Life Management Course, I decided I needed to kick my meal planning up a notch by also planning breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The way many moms struggle with the “what’s for dinner” question, I struggle with knowing what to make for breakfast and lunch. Having this planned ahead will save a lot of time and frustration.
Have A Prep Day
Having a weekly prep day is something that helped me a lot in the past.Lately, I have not been doing this and it has definitely cost me quite a bit of time. Choose one day that you can set aside some time to prep your meals and snacks, create your weekly work schedule, and get caught up on anything that you may have fallen behind on the previous week. In the past, I would have my prep day on Sunday, but recently that is the only day that my husband is not working. I think it is very important for all of us to spend time together as a family and so I have not been using this time to prep ahead. This month, I am going to do a weekly prep day on Fridays instead. Choose a day that works for you to prepare for the week ahead.
If you have been following this Joyful Habits series, you know that I have been waking up early. Using this time effectively is a great way to set the tone for the day ahead. My morning routine has been a huge boost to my happiness. It changes from time to time depending on how busy my week is, how much work I need to get done, or how stressed I am feeling. Some mornings I focus on productivity, others I focus on relaxation and refreshing. Take a look at your week ahead and determine how to best use your mornings.
Self-Care is SO important for us moms. We need to make sure that we are taken care of and our tanks are full. It is the only way we can give our best to our families. Be sure to plan some time just for you. I personally use my mornings, quiet time and nights when my kids are asleep to fit my self care in. Do not neglect this area and do not feel guilty about it. Your family deserves the best of you and you cannot give your best if you are not feeling your best.
Planning not only increases my happiness, it also saves me time and increases my productivity. I definitely need to renew my commitment to planning and I am looking forward to finally getting on top of it again.. Having a plan of action in place for the week gives me a sense of peace and helps me feel less chaotic.
For a more involved step-by-step approach to getting your life in order, I strongly suggest you try the 5 Day Complete Life Management course. It was the catalyst for me writing this post and just what I needed to get back on track again. And for only $9.99 you really can’t beat it!