FLYing Basics: Day 26 Setting Your Weekly Schedule

For the last 7 days we have looked at the different themes of focus that we want to fit into our weekly schedule.  Today, we are going to put them on paper.  You may want to refer to Day 18 of the Basics, where I had you plug-in your regular appointments into a weekly time schedule.  We will now plug-in our focus days to create a Basic Weekly cleaning and home maintenance plan.

Setting Up Your Schedule

If you did Day 18, you should already have your appointments written onto your sheet in pencil. Now, we are going to start laying out the other pieces:

1. Pick a day for groceries, and select the time that you think you will go to the store  (errands will also fall on this day).  If you order groceries online, just plan a time to place your order.  If possible, the day before would be a great time for your menu planning, fridge clean-out and making a grocery list.

2. Select a day that you can tackle your bills, any paperwork filing or shredding, and budgeting.  This will be your desk day.

3.  Pick a time for Weekly Home Blessing Hour (see Basics Day 22 for all the details).  This can be done in just over an hour, one day a week, or you can spread it out over the week, one task per day.  The latter works well for those of you who work long work shifts and are gone most of the day.

4.  Add in time for you and your family.  Pencil in some room for exercise and pampering for yourself.  Also, set times for family play and Date night with your significant other.  You schedule should have a good mix between cleaning and family/friend time.

5. Plan in a 30 min. slot for weekly planning.  (The weekend may be a good time to think over the coming week).

6. Last, plan in time for the miscellaneous tasks like car and yard maintenance, ironing and purse clean out.

**Remember, this is not set in stone.  You can move things around whenever you want if your schedule isn’t working for you.  I tried out some new days last week, but didn’t like how it went, so I switched them around to better days for the upcoming week.  The idea is to give yourself set times for certain tasks, so you can focus on one thing at a time.  This should make you more efficient with your time.  And there is freedom in this plan.  If I missing mowing the lawn on Saturday, I don’t have to do it the next day when I have other stuff to do–-It waits until next week when yard maintenance rolls around again.

Your Week At A Glance

For years I have liked using 3×5 cards to organize my daily and weekly chores.  But now that I have my Home Management binder, I wanted a place where I could view each day at glance.  I had bought some baseball card sleeves to put my business cards in my contacts section, and I realized that I could easily use one of the sheets to create a quick view of my Weekly Focus Days.

I cut down 3×5 cards to fit, and then devoted one card to each Focus Day of the Week.  I had to extra slots — I used one for my WHB list that I can never remember when I go to do it!  The 2nd one is for a Bedroom Blessing I do earlier in the week, so that I can focus my WHB just on my main living areas.  Now, I can see my whole week, and can just flip to this page when I want to see my focus for the day.  I love how it turned out!

I hope you find a good way to make your schedule work for you!  Happy Flying!

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