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A weekly routine.

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Do you have a schedule that you live by? Do you attempt routine and feel as if you always fail? I think I fall into both categories. I love our schedule and attempt to live by it – but it seems since our recent move, my husband’s job loss, and lets be honest here, the baby that was born nine months ago… I feel as though I keep failing at my weekly routine.

I have had the question asked on numerous occasions, how do I organize my time and how do I manage to get things accomplished? I talked recently about taking time to reflect, and how it is a struggle for me to keep afloat oftentimes with so many commitments and even more hobbies. The fact of the matter is, when I live my life with a routine in place – all seems much better in the world. I have come across many wonderful downloads and articles in the blog world on putting a routine in place, however I really wanted something that would fit our family like a glove – so I made my own : )

I think the most important thing to remember is, with any sort of schedule, flexibility is key. If I am not able to move one thing to another day for fear my world will collapse, I have taken a once great idea to a terrible new level.

How to begin?

  • Make a list What I did first when sitting down to “figure it out” – is to list it. I jotted down anything and everything I could think of that we typically need to accomplish in a week. You can be as specific or general as you’d like. My list included the following: church, weekly planning, finances, grocery store, fitness, the boys, laundry, and clean house.
  • Be a tad more specific Then I narrowed down some of those categories: cleaning house = taking out trash, clean kitchen, dusting, bathrooms, and floors. grocery store narrowed down to = menu planning for the upcoming week, and obviously shopping. The boys = bath time and outings (MOPS as well).
  • Delegate Take a look at your list now and decide what items are already attached to a day. Church for example is always on Sunday and I prefer to menu plan on Fridays before heading to the store on Saturdays. Then everything else sort of got tossed around until I found a good place for it.
  • Give it a time slot I prefer to make my weekly schedule in sections. Obviously there are days, but I take it a step further and put the tasks either towards the top of the column (for am) and towards the bottom (for pm). This is just easier for me, to glance at it and realize when to plan for it.
  • Be flexible Very, very important factor. Flexibility is so important. some weeks I simply can’t get to the floors on Wednesday. That is okay, I just do a little switch-a-roo. Remember this is just a general guideline.
  • Print her out! I prefer to see something tangible. So I print my weekly schedule out. This also helps with my daily planning.

Try it out!

Click on the weekly calendar below for your own blank version, it’s free – enjoy!

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Over the next few days I’ll be writing about how we make our routine work, breaking it down to a daily thing as well. I hope you’ll join me!

Do you have a routine, or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda gal? What works best for your family? I’d love to hear!

About Bree


Bree is the founder and writer of BakedBree.com, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. BakedBree.com launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • http://www.mommygoesgreen.com Tiffany

    I totally needed this! I’ve worked part time for the past 4 years so our days have been totally unscheduled just trying to manage every thing that needs to be done! I’m going to be a full time SAHM soon and have been craving a schedule. This is a great start for me, thank you!

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  • roseann

    I could live by schedules IF I didn’t have 3 kids 3 years old and under. They do thrive on routine, but also have needs that crop up and interrupt carefully planned schedules. Lately I’ve been using simplemom’s daily docket download and home management notebook downloads. This has helped me shape my days one day at a time. Another great book I reference often is “Managers of Their Homes”. Here are the links to these resources.
    http://simplemom.net/home-managementnotebook-categories/
    http://www.titus2.com/

  • angie

    trachelle, i love your “term” :) i am in the midst of really syncing my hard copy i keep printed and my itouch the hubby got me for valentines day. i like having the itouch with me, keeping me on task – but i also have to visually see the calendar either on the fridge or somewhere around here. thanks for your input!

  • angie

    kika i couldn’t agree more! it is so freeing for me, i love what you said about not stressing about one task simply because you know it will get done on ____ day. that has been huge for me. sounds like we have a lot in common :)

  • angie

    becky, for me, getting the baby on a routine was always #1 over housework and other :) it is then that i feel things get into order. i am a true believer that you can get a baby on some sort of a routine, and furthermore they really thrive on it. so props to you for trying to keep things similar throughout o’s days. all the rest of it will fall into place eventually :) hugs!

  • http://www.highheelsandasippycup.blogspot.com Trachelle

    I like to think of myself as a “flexible scheduler.” *smile* I use the calender and memo features on my Blackberry to outline my days and makes lists with. The best thing about it is that I can set alarms for anything in the calendar from 5 mins to up to a week before it happens. I’m also working on having some sort of hard copy to display for the rest of my family to see and I really like your format. (downloads are always wanted and appreciated by the way.)*smile*

  • Kika

    I homeschool and have three children. We also have many “out of the home” commitments so I am a scheduler all the way! Like you, baths, basic home-management tasks, etc., all have their regular slots in my agenda and this alleviates stress for me. For instance, when my bathrooms start looking grubby I don’t stress b/c I know they are on the schedule! Having a fairly detailed schedule works for me b/c it allows me to see if I am being realistic about the number of tasks or commitments I’ve allowed on a certain day. I also move things around somewhat, though, as necessary but my life flows more smoothly if I am quite disciplined about following the routine I’ve set up. I know some people perceive schedules to be constricting but I actually find freedom in them – otherwise I always felt that I had to accomplish everything all at once (ex. Monday morning) before I could relax.

  • http://andbabymakes4.com Freedom

    ahhhh, the timeless struggle for every mom.
    *sigh*

  • http://familydavidson.blogspot.com Becky

    I do both. Schedule and flexibility. I try to make our weekdays routine since my job is so flexible that way Olivia knows what is going to happen with her day. So we get up every Mon-Fri at 7:30 sometimes she sleeps in with her daddy but thats okay. Then when we get home at night I always put her stuff away, clean her bottles, get her food ready for the next day and then we play. Dinner is next then more playing followed by bathtime and bottle/bed time. On the weekends or days we are off we dont use the alarm and we sleep in and lay together in bed. Weekends I let be a free for all. I try to feed her lunch and dinner the same times as the weekdays and bed/bath routine is the same. I have yet to figure out how to schedule fitness and house stuff. every sunday we get up early go to breakfast and do grocery shopping and bills. after that its family time.