Our Tips will help you Organize Your Busy Week. As a busy Mom and Grandma who works full time from home I have developed a simple strategy to keep my week from going bust.
Maybe you have heard this before, If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. It is worth repeating. This nugget applies to life in general. These are the tips I have been using for years and they will help you to organize your busy week also.
Using the right tools and rules will keep you and your family organized.
MAKE A LIST (Brain Dump)
Begin organizing your week on Sunday. Have a family meeting. Give everyone the opportunity to submit their plans for your review and see how you can fit those into the schedule. Your spouse and teenage children will likely have something to add which you need to know.
You should be receiving emails from Coaches and Teachers in addition to having printed the Academic Calendar from your child or children’s school district. It’s a must to include other people’s appointments and activities in your plan if at all possible.
Make a list of all the things on this weeks agenda to include:
- Appointments; medical, dental, home repair, home maintenance, hair-cuts, pet care
- Business meetings
- Sports events the children are involved in
- Practice commitments for the children
- Play dates
- Gym time
- Social commitments
- House guests
- Meal Planning (maybe repeat a meal plan you already have)
- Household Chores
Prioritize your list day by day. Obviously everyone will be going to work and school for sure. Then what?
Use a calendar to keep track of those things which must happen each day. Leave that calendar in a public place like a kitchen counter or your family command center so everyone can keep up with where they are supposed to be.
Color Coded Calendar
If you love creating lists like I do then you also know the joy of a well organized list. That is where color coding comes in. Use colored pens to write things in categories.
Red = Must happen
Green= Should happen
Blue= The world won’t end if it doesn’t happen. Does the gym go here?
NOW YOU HAVE A PLAN!
Now that you have created the list and written important events on the calendar, you have a plan in place. So Yay!
MAKE THE PLAN PUBLIC
Do not keep your plan a secret if there are little people and other adults in your home. Why not? Because they also have a plan and it will disrupt your plan so tell them! Does this sound like the voice of experience speaking? This is why the family meeting is important.
Unless you want everyone coming to you constantly asking what is next, write the plan on paper and post it in a well traveled space. The refrigerator is the most viewed thing in the whole house. Do you have any idea how many times your refrigerator door is opened and closed in one day? Post the plan on the front of the refrigerator and make that fact known.
So, if you are keeping track, the plan is now in two places. 1, the calendar on the counter and 2 the front of the refrigerator. It shouldn’t get lost.
One very important way to organize your busy week is to use a Meal Plan. Not only does meal planning save you time of figuring what’s for supper but it’s a great way to stay in budget as well. If you have never tried meal planning, please gift yourself that opportunity at least one month.