I have always been a person who likes a schedule. I am more productive knowing what the plan for the day is. Over the past year, I haven’t been able to keep a great schedule as Austin’s schedule is always changing. Now that he is almost 1 (how did that happen?) and is taking less naps, I felt like I needed to plot out a daily schedule for us.
I found this awesome day planner at Target the other day that motivated me to get my act together and actually execute what I have been talking and thinking about for weeks.
It wasn’t until I got home that I realized this planner had much more to offer me and was exactly what I needed at this particular time in my life. The beginning of the planner had guided pages to really think about overall life goals and plans.
So, after I filled in my goals, which included weekly scheduling, friendships, finance, exercise and more, I went through the monthly calendar and put everything in that was scheduled (Appointments, plans with friends, Gymboree etc.).
Then I went to this week and started planning the week. I plan on spending the beginning of each week with my calendar to have a plan for the week and make my lists and goals to follow. I think this will help be more productive and in return I will be happier at the end of the day.
After going through my new planner, I wanted to make a general daily schedule for Austin. I was feeling like I wasn’t giving him a nice balance of structured and unstructured play time, and I wanted to make sure that I was including plenty of time for music, reading, playing outside and interacting with other kids. Although we were doing all of these things, it was really sporadic, and I had a lot of mom guilt. So, I plotted out what our typical day looks like and tweaked it to include everything I wanted to do. Aaron thought it was really detailed, but even though I have the entire day timed out, some of the activities are vague enough to go with the flow.
I made sure to include my own activities during times when Austin is napping or having independent play time, so I know when I can do my chores or even relax. Having on paper, I am more likely to follow it.
Overall, I think that having this type of schedule will help keep me on task. This schedule works for us now, but will have to be changed when Austin drops his morning nap for good. The plan for the future is to make a more interactive schedule with more detailed activities and that Austin can help plot each days schedule, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves and take it one day at a time.