I’ve been using Google calendar on the laptop and my iPhone for several months now, and for the most part it’s working really well. It was tough letting go of the paper format, though, and sometimes I still wish I had an easier way to glance an an entire day, week or month. Keeping both was a bit of a fiasco, though, and one or the other never gets important dates/appointments entered into it. I’ve also been finding that my Daily Routine & Cleaning Schedule that I so nicely printed and framed on my pegboard command station get ignored (by me). I never developed a great habit with them and I also think that maybe I went a tad overboard with my expectations. With 55 hours of daycare a week, a blog, an organizing business, a 4-H group to lead and now Jazzercise classes to teach, I need to be realistic. 😉
A couple weeks ago I was inspired by an Instagram pic from Danielle at Sew Much Crafting. She had an adorable planner page, all color-coded, and even better, with a daily routine checklist down the side. GENIUS! I took the basic concept, and (with her blessing…thanks, Danielle!) created my own version which is pictured below.
Danielle’s daily routine included showering, getting dressed, washing & moisturizing her face at night…those kinds of things…in addition to some daily cleaning items. With what I wanted to include, there wasn’t going to be room for the basics like “do my hair” and “make the bed”, and since those are an automatic part of my day anyway, I didn’t worry about including them. Instead, mine includes the things I want to do every day that I might not remember or that if I do remember will help make everything else a little easier.
I’ve been using it for a full week now, and it’s going great. I created a binder (still in the works) that will have these planning sheets, month-at-a-glance calendars (to make creating the daycare calendar easier when I send out newsletters), budget tracking sheets (simplified versions that I’ve been working on), and anything else that I may want to access to keep me on track on a daily basis.
The binder stays out where I’ll always see and use it (lately on the coffee table but if I ever get caught up it will probably go on the desk). My bathroom is again wiped down daily, I actually remember to water my plants (rarely happens!), and since I like the feeling of success when I mark things off, it keeps me ahead of the game all day long.
Things have been incredibly busy the last couple weeks and until Faith’s birthday is over next weekend I don’t anticipate it will be much better, so I still have areas of improvement. I find that while I rock the morning and most of the afternoon routines, the evening tends to fall short (especially when I’m not home most of the evening…and I guess that’s where I have to be flexible). The “Take Care of Me” section is a pretty big fail, too. Fortunately once things calm down (a bit) around here, and once I’m teaching Jazzercise (first class next Tuesday!), I will be getting the exercise in at least three times a week. I need to resume my stretching routine and get better about meds/supplements.
Overall, though, I’m happy with the success so far! I’m excited to finish the rest of the binder and will share when I do!