Do you have trouble laying out a schedule for your family’s day? And if you are able to put together a schedule…do you have a horrible time sticking to it?? That’s me…guilty as charged! I have tried and failed countless times to get an effective schedule going in our household. It has either been met with resistance or works for a few days but then I hit a bump in the road and that’s the end of it.
So…NO MORE! I had to come up with a solution because we have been living in constant chaos. We have had the worst time getting into a routine since we moved, so many changes day in and day out, plus all the visitors we are having. Hadn’t had a normal day and wasn’t even sure what that would look like, so I needed something flexible. AND here it is!
A HUGE in your face kind of schedule! Little doesn’t work for us…if I can’t see it, I forget about it! So this is in the center of our living room screaming at us all day long and I need that!
Foam Board, Post-It Notes, Marker, Pencil, Yardstick
I needed 5 columns across for my family of five and I wanted 20 rows of time slots for the day. Being a bit of a perfectionist at times…I drew my lines with a pencil first, but if you are adventurous, jump right in with a marker.
I made a list of all the things I wanted to include throughout the day and chose a color for each family member.
Once all my lines were drawn and names and times completed, I was ready to start plugging in my list. For events that took up more than one time slot, I used a whole Post-It Note and for one slot, I cut one in half. I love the ease of use! Before, when I have tried to implement a schedule, if something wasn’t working and I had to change it on the computer…it would never happen. But ripping off a Post-It? Yup, I can handle that! So I played around with it for an afternoon and this is what I came up with:
So how is it going, you ask? Well, day one was a very successful morning and I was feeling very proud of myself until a naptime incident that included POOP all over the carpet…ugh…pretty much disrupted the day. Why, why, why do toddlers do that??? Anyway…day two had less bumps in it, so there is hope! And life with kids can’t be completely scheduled anyhow, can it?! How do you keep up with all you have in your day?
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