Do you have a hard time sticking to schedules? Or do you feel as though you’re always busy, yet never accomplishing much? I sure do, and working at home makes it even more difficult. So I’ve longed for a schedule, system, or something that would be simple enough to remember and implement, yet effective. And I do believe I’ve found it, so without further ado I present my plan for scheduling simplicity!
Plan Your Day
With the Chunk, Batch, and Break Method
|⏳ Time Chunking||Break the day into 2-3 hour Time Chunks |
(Early AM, Late AM, etc.)
|🍵 Breaks||Conclude each Time Chunk with a 15-minute break|
|✔️ Task Batching||Group chores into Task Batches & schedule into the chunks |
(Household, blogging, study, etc.)
This method is beneficial because by starting with a concrete schedule:
- We don’t waste time and precious morning energy trying to organize.
- The brain is free to focus on the necessary tasks.
- And scheduled breaks help to refresh and shift us into the next time frame.
My Daily Schedule
|TIME CHUNK||TASK BATCH|
|🕖 Early AM||7-9 AM||☕ Coffee – Hygiene|
🕮 Tidy-up – Quiet time
|🕘 Late AM||9-12 AM||💻 Breakfast – Writing|
|🕛 Mid-day||12-3 PM||🍝 Lunch & Dishes|
|🕒 Early PM||3-4 PM||🧹 Household Tasks|
|🕓 Late PM||4-6 PM||💻 Study – Writing|
🚶♀️ Exercise – Hobbies
|🕕 Evening||6-8 PM||🥪 Supper & Dishes|
🚿 Shower, etc.
|🕗 Night||8-11 PM||🛌🏻 Free-time – Bed|
Plan your week
With the Day Theming Method
Once you’ve organized your daily schedule, you may need to break some Task Batches (like blogging, writing, and household tasks) down into more manageable bits by doing specific items on different days. This is known as Day Theming.
My Day-Themed Household Tasks
If you notice on my Daily Schedule, Household Tasks are slotted in the Early PM Time Chunk. To keep myself on course, I tend to different items on different days. And I use the same method for meal planning.
|Monday||📚 Day off|
|Tuesday||🧵 Ironing – Mending|
|Wednesday||🧹 Deep Clean tasks|
|Thursday||⬆️ Clean upstairs|
|Friday||⬇️ Clean downstairs|
|Saturday||🌻 Shopping – Gardening|
My Day-Themed Menu – main meal
- Plan the meal around one protein item. (Vegans could skip this step.)
- Add a carbohydrate (barley, corn, pasta, rice, spelt, etc.)
- Add in-season fruits and vegetables
This type of menu is easy to remember and follow. Just remember, for instance, Tuesday Beans and make something like chili, lentil stew, baked beans, or bean salad. Add your grain, fruits, and vegetables and you’ve got a well-balanced meal! (We usually increase our dairy intake at breakfast or by adding cheese as side dishes.)
|DAY||PLAN MEAL AROUND|
|Monday||Monday Meat||🥩 Meat|
|Tuesday||Tuesday Beans||🥣 Beans|
|Wednesday||Wednesday Wings||🍗 Wings (Poultry)|
|Thursday||Thursday Eggs||🥚 Eggs, Dairy|
|Friday||Friday Fish||🐟 Fish|
|Saturday||Saturday Sandwhiched||🥪 Soup/Salad & Sandwiches|
|Sunday||Sunday Spaghetti||🍝 Spaghetti (Pasta)|
So you see, we can schedule simplicity!
We don’t have to just take things as they come, always striving but never keeping up. With these simple methods, we can be more productive and have still time for meaningful activites and relationships.
Unexpected visitors or commitments? No problem. With things on schedule, you can skip a Task Batch or two without feeling stressed or guilty.
Simplicity is about making time for the most meaningful things in life. But we enjoy them more when we’ve done our duty and our minds are at ease.
And now, over to you. Do you have a schedule, or some other method to keep you on track? Or do you just take each day as it comes? And why? I’d really like to hear, because I’m always ready to learn new things and ways!
But for now, I’m off to wash the supper dishes. It’s on the schedule, you know! 😉