57 thoughts on “Scheduling: Three Tips to Prioritizing Your Day

  1. Encouraging post! I’ve always felt better when things are written down and scheduled as that means things actually get done and I don’t end up feeling wasted emotionally and mentally by the end of the day. I appreciate the Godly wisdom and affirmation behind being an organized person and that it really is a valuable asset in one’s life. Signing up today and looking forward to many more encouraging moments! Blessings to you and yours <3

  2. Oh hilarious. I started making mine that night, but I really liked yours so I’ll use that 🙂 Thanks so much for this! It makes me feel a little calmer knowing that I have a point of reference…..other then my memory.

  3. There are also programs you can buy for your computer that help with scheduling. I use one that isn’t free but it lets me schedule everything – chores, quiet time, holidays, vacations, lessons, and more. Then it takes the information I put in it to create all different types of reports – daily or weekly schedules and task lists, report cards, transcripts, and more. I used it to create a transcript for my oldest and it was accepted by every college she applied to. Three things of the many things I love about it – you can reschedule huge blocks of assignments if you get off track, it allows you to set up a repeating pattern of lessons so you don’t have to type each assignment, and you can save lesson plans to reuse with younger siblings.

        1. I have “pages” also, but can’t figure out how to get the “Boxes within the boxes” and your download didn’t work for me. Any suggestions?

  4. I know a lot of homeschoolers balk at the idea of a hard and fast schedule. Without my schedule I never could have effectively educated my children when my mother was dying from cancer. She passed away August 20, 2009. I couldn’t have kept up schooling while dealing with my grief that fall without the schedule.

    1. Erika, notebooking is a method of recording what your children have learned. Instead of just completing a worksheet, you could give them a blank piece of paper to draw a picture of the frog they saw at the park or a chart and they draw the three stages of the life cycle. You may make some pages of minit books (maybe they made a little 3 page book of the life cycle instead). Then you compile those pages in a notebook. It allows them some open ended opportunity to share what they learned as opposed to just filling on blanks on an adult directed worksheet.

  5. Since we had #4 in December, our schedule is never the same! I’ve learned to roll with it 😀 But I do so love me a good list/ schedule to follow! Do you have any more info on your kids and their “zones”? We’re changing how we’re doing chores and looking for some fresh ideas!

  6. I am new to homeschooling this fall, my son is 7 (1st grader last year in public school) – Would anyone happen to have some resources that could help me to decide how many hours/days per week to devote to our schooling? I have read that it is unique to every family but I’m really needing some guidelines. I love to read and study so any websites, articles etc. that have helped you please share! 🙂 Thanks so much.

  7. I like the master schedule that you’ve used. What program did you use to make it? Is it mac or windows excel or something different?

  8. Heidi, What is Zone Check? Pick up area in different areas of the house? Just curious as to how you run your household:) Thanks!

    1. Zones are places in our house—entryway, bathrooms, upstairs hallways and stairs, etc. I’ll be posting more about it in the days to come. Welcome to The Busy Mom, Carolyn!

  9. How do you keep your kiddos on schedule? Any type of reward system for getting things done on time or punishment if they take forever?

    1. Julie, this is the struggle of every mother. Keep.On.Keeping.On. We have used both rewards and consequences—letting the punishment fit the crime if you know what I mean! Set a timer. Create rewards and consequences. The hard part is being consistent. Change it up when you need to. Don’t give up!

  10. Natalie, I love this schedule she’s done….and I’ve got one started. But I’ve played with it a bit, and what I’ve found that works right now with mine since they’re younger, 5,6 & 7….is one sheet up for each week. Week 1 and then 3 names, and under each name I have wake up tidy room and make bed, then a “morning chore” and an “afternoon chore”….I do it with them the first day or so to learn, and then just have to say “morning chore time” and everybody goes there way….I’m doing a chore at the same time:) This is working,(this week) BUT, I’ve been working with this for a while to figure out what works for us, and for us the key was smaller chores that took 5 minutes or so but still helped 🙂 1/wipe down bathroom counter and sink. Or Vacuum under kitchen table. All 3 of mine do this and its quick and easy, with one of those almost cordless little vacuum cleaners, they have even learned how to wind up the cord themselves and put it away! Boy, this post is long. LOL Sorry. My Mom thinks I have a little work camp going, but they are totally capable and these are little future adults we’re raising!

  11. I made one similar for my 3. (Ages 2, 4, and 6) I love it! They put check marks on what they’ve done. The subjects and chores are much more simple such as working on colors, letters, and numbers. I incorporated “jobs” also such as taking your shoes to your room, feeding the cat, and putting sippy cups in the sink. It works great!! Soo helpful to keep on task 🙂

  12. We have 6 boys ages 9-23 & they’ve all gotten to “help” the family straighten up. We always told them they knew they were growing up some more when they were given more responsibility. Our 9 yr. old takes out the trash, puts a new bag in the can, puts silverware away from dishwasher, vacuums his room (he has a vacuum his size $30 at Walmart), straightens the couch cushions, & wipes down the bathroom counters & sinks in the morning with a wipee. It’s all in your perspective & approach.

    1. Hey Rachel! We do “zones” in our house—they are areas of the house and each person has a particular “zone” assigned to them. For example, the entryway, downstairs hall and front porch are all part of “zone 1”. 🙂 HTH!

  13. Hi Heidi, new listener here, and I’m trying to get through all the links 🙂 Some of them aren’t working, like the journal just for busy moms. I wish I could ask you a bajillion questions but for now I’ll continue to browse through your site. So thankful my friend introduced me to your busymom facebook page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *