“Either run the day or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn

What a truth bomb right there! I am one who understands the importance of a schedule, but if it were up to me, I would never make one. I am a lover of spontaneity and excitement. To me having a schedule isn’t too exciting.

But my family? They THRIVE on a schedule. It makes sense, but it was really hard to get this part of my life in place. Once I did, though, oh man!! My family is happier and I found so much TIME in my week! It was being consumed by… wait for it… NOTHING! Scrolling social media, Pinterest, watching lame-o TV shows, or staring off into space waiting for 5 o’clock.

{Stick around to the end and I’ll show you how I created a schedule with room for spontaneity!}

Many of the women in my life who I have talked to have told me they have a rough schedule, but they aren’t strict about it.

Do you ever:

  • Wake to your kiddos
  • Struggle with getting out of the house on time
  • Need to get work or chores done, but find yourself sucked into the social media time warp
  • Get somewhere late
  • Have a crazy disaster in your house
  • Get your kids to nap too late or not at all
  • Fight with bedtime
  • Say “I feel like I’m supposed to be somewhere right now” but have no clue where

Those are all things that can be resolved with having a schedule in place. It is proven that people, kids especially, need structure. What that structure looks like can definitely vary from family to family, but some sort of solid plan is needed.

Having a schedule will help your family know when something is happening. This is important because kids can meet the expectations that are placed on them. They will know that after lunch is nap. Not after lunch is play today, but yesterday we didn’t nap, and the day before we watched a movie and then napped. If you stick to the schedule, your children will not be confused. Confused children become screaming children. No good!

Having a schedule has helped my relationship with my husband. Since I started working from home, he’s been extremely confused as to when I need to work. Ideally, I would like to work every night when he gets home, but realistically I can’t. Dinner and baths and time with him would never happen if I did that. He’s very habitual, as well, so just like with the kids he now knows what he needs to do when he gets home on the two days that I need him.

Having a schedule can help with causing you to overbook yourself with activities. There have definitely been times where I’m like let’s do #allthethings today, but in reality it ends up messing up our naptime or dinnertime and that just can’t happen for our family. I’m all about setting our days up for success because it beats the alternative. Saying no to things means you can say yes to something else!

There are many things you can do to set yourself up for success when creating your schedule. You might want to get a planner. You can use a paper planner or an online calendar.

I do something called Time Blocking. This has been a life saver for me because it allows me to have wiggle room where I need it.

How to Time Block

There are so many ways that you can create your schedule, but I found that when you write down the things that have no wiggle room and the things you WANT to be in your week, it works out better.

  1. The first thing you will want to do is print out a schedule. You can do that here.
  2. Then you will want to think about your weeks. All of them, since this is something that is pretty consistent week to week. Think about meetings or appointments that DO NOT CHANGE.
  3. Write them on a sheet of paper. For my family, church and bible study are the same each week. So, later I will block those times out on my calendar. You, however, might have sports or something that never changes.
  4. Once you have completed your non-negotiables, you will think about what you WANT your week to look like…. Is there something you don’t do that you want to do? For me, I want to be able to wake up before my kids for my alone time. So I have created a “Dream Week.” This is what I am slowly working towards having my weeks look like. We aren’t writing this on our schedule today, but knowing that you can work toward these things makes the schedule seem more manageable.
  5. Okay, now comes the fun part! Whoop! Go through and put your non-negotiables in your schedule.
  6. Then put things like wake up, bed time, naps, dinner, etc. Fill in all the things that don’t change from day to day, but CAN possibly change. We plan on having dinner at 6, but it doesn’t always happen. So I put it in my schedule for 6, but I know that it changes sometimes.
  7. Now, you will have some open spots. Those are the times that you can fill in with items on your Dream Week or fill in with fun things you want to do.
  8. For example, I do not have anything on my own personal schedule from 9-12 each day. This is because it is playdate time, however, if I want to make a doctor’s appointment or I have a work call, I know I can do it during this time.

Now, what I do when I have my schedule set is I ONLY do what I scheduled during that time. For example, if I scheduled family time from 5:30-7:00pm every day, then I do not work during that time. I want to be more focused, present, and intentional with my time and this helps me with that.

I have set business hours, so what I do during that time is prioritize my list of to-dos. If I have a deadline to meet during Tuesday’s biz hours, then I don’t want to waste that time checking social media. I also do a version of the Pomodoro Method and that helps me stay focused during my work hours.

Doing what works for you and your family is ALWAYS the best answer! If it’s a big calendar on the wall with all your appointments and you just free for all the rest of the day, that’s great! If you find that time blocking is your jam, awesome! Just make sure you do what you will use and it will tremendously help you thrive at home as a mama!



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