Create A Life Management Plan | 6 Things You Need To Start Planning

Create A Life Management Plan 6 Things You Need To Start Planning

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.

Create A Life Management Plan | 6 Things You Need To Start Planning

 

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.

Create A Life Management Plan | 6 Things You Need To Start Planning

 

Daily Structure

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:

 

  1. 7:30 Wake up and eat breakfast
  2. Get dressed, brush teeth, and make bed
  3. Quick morning clean up
  4. Free play or outing
  5. 12:30 – 2:30 Quiet time
  6. Quick afternoon clean up and quiet screen time if baby is still napping. If not napping we play outside
  7. Boys karate class
  8. Dinner
  9. Evening clean up and free play
  10. 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.

 

Work Planning

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.

 

Meal Planning

 

Create A Life Plan | 6 Things You Need To Start Planning

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.

 

Morning Routine

Create A Life Management Plan | 6 Things You Need To Start Planning

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

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!

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22 Comments

  1. I am now in the empty nest stage, but even with all the “extra time,” I find I need to plan just as much as I did when there was a little around. I don’t like having every time slot allotted, but a general framework and list of what needs to be done is essential. Without that, I just flounder on time wasters. I also agree with you about having a few things structured. I have let my morning quiet time get pushed aside, and can really feel the lack!

    1. Thanks for reading, Wendy! I agree that having every moment scheduled can be overwhelming. Although we do have a general flow to the day, I am pretty flexible about it. Good to know that this will still be useful when my kids are grown up!

    1. I couldn’t agree more, Jennifer! Without a plan of action, my kids either end up with way too much screen time or I end up completely burned out!

    1. I’m glad you found this helpful, Rachel! There is no way I would be able to juggle everything without a solid plan.

  2. Since 12 year I am in corporate world and since beginning I beleive in proper planning including time management. Great tips you collated here.

  3. So while I was reading this I was basically nodding my head “Yes!” with everything you wrote. I struggle so much in these areas but feel like having a plan totally can make or break my day. I specifically like how you showed that you only have a few things scheduled at a specific time. I think that’s my problem! Also, getting up in time to have my quiet time is SO important and really sets the tone for my day. I’ve been struggling recently to get up before mine. Thanks for this post.

    1. So glad you found this helpful, Sophie! We all go through seasons where sleep is more of a priority.I would suggest you start incorporating one of these items at a time so as not to overwhelm yourself. Once you have a system in place, the week goes so much more smoothly.

  4. Even though I am not a mom, I really found this article very interesting to read. I am a planner girl and plan out most of my life. I never thought to have a prep day. That is so useful. Thank you!

  5. Oh my goodness! I needed to read this! Just when I feel I am doing a good job I get overwhelmed by my responsibilities and work that needs to be done! This really helped me to remember to prioritize and tackle each task one at a time AND leave time for ME! Thank you for sharing! Great post!

  6. Self care and planning is important, especially all throughout life.Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight, sharing. I do so much better with planning vs. winging it.

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