What kind of planner are you?
I am a list maker, the “old fashioned” pencil and paper kind of list maker.
There is something about a pencil or pen in my hand which helps me to own my to-do list.
When we physically write something out, it helps our minds to own those tasks a little more than if we write it via a keyboard, in a virtual way.
Although, having smartphones and apps certainly are useful too.
In fact, at our house we have a virtual calendar for our family where each member is colour coded, to go along with my paper list.
My husband and I enter our appointments, business travel as well as our children’s sports and other out of the home activities into our virtual calendar. As our kids become more involved with activities outside the home, this has helped my husband stay in the loop. When he is out working or if he has been out of town, all he has to do is check our calendar to know what the rest of us are up to.
It also helps me!
At the beginning of each week I enter all the activities or appointments we have planned as a family and as individuals.
Once all of that is entered I can let it go and allow myself to focus on all our other “to-do” lists. As homeschoolers, we all have a lot on the go from planning each child’s subjects and projects to the regular household stuff like laundry.
(That never ending pile of laundry, or is this just my house? Lol.)
What Goes on the Master List?
Making a master list is great, but you have to be picky.
Discern what is on your list and what can or should be on your children’s lists.
Then break it all down, into your daily Action List.
- Have – To’s
- Should – Do’s
- Want – To’s
I keep my “Have to’s” as focused and clear cut as I can, and try to attack at least 1 “Should Do”.
Once my “Have to” and “Should do” lists are done I get to pick something from my “Want to” List. I can work away at one of my hobbies, read a book, or just sit.
At our house the goal of our action lists is to provide our family with:
- peace of mind
- a sense of accomplishment
This may sound all neat and tidy, but let me tell you, we definitely live a real life around here which also means it can all just be a whirlwind of organized chaos! 😉