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Schedule Some Simplicity

Simplicity really can be scheduled. Learn how by implementing the Day Theming and the Chunk, Batch, and Break planning methods…

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

โณ Time ChunkingBreak the day into 2-3 hour Time Chunks
(Early AM, Late AM, etc.)
๐Ÿต BreaksConclude each Time Chunk with a 15-minute break
โœ”๏ธ Task BatchingGroup 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 CHUNKTASK BATCH
๐Ÿ•– Early AM7-9 AMโ˜• Coffee – Hygiene
๐Ÿ•ฎ Tidy-up – Quiet time
๐Ÿ•˜ Late AM 9-12 AM๐Ÿ’ป Breakfast – Writing
๐Ÿ•› Mid-day12-3 PM๐Ÿ Lunch & Dishes
๐Ÿ“š Free-time
๐Ÿ•’ Early PM3-4 PM๐Ÿงน Household Tasks
๐Ÿ•“ Late PM 4-6 PM๐Ÿ’ป Study – Writing
๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ Exercise – Hobbies
๐Ÿ•• Evening6-8 PM๐Ÿฅช Supper & Dishes
๐Ÿšฟ Shower, etc.
๐Ÿ•— Night8-11 PM๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿป 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.

DAYTASK
Monday๐Ÿ“š Day off
Tuesday ๐Ÿงต Ironing – Mending
Wednesday๐Ÿงน Deep Clean tasks
Thursdayโฌ†๏ธ Clean upstairs
Fridayโฌ‡๏ธ Clean downstairs
Saturday๐ŸŒป 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.)

DAYPLAN MEAL AROUND
MondayMonday Meat๐Ÿฅฉ Meat
Tuesday Tuesday Beans๐Ÿฅฃ Beans
WednesdayWednesday Wings๐Ÿ— Wings (Poultry)
ThursdayThursday Eggs๐Ÿฅš Eggs, Dairy
FridayFriday Fish๐ŸŸ Fish
SaturdaySaturday Sandwhiched๐Ÿฅช Soup/Salad & Sandwiches
SundaySunday Spaghetti๐Ÿ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Image credits: Agenda | Spiral agenda | Emojis.

6 replies on “Schedule Some Simplicity”

I used to be much more scheduled, but these days there are always children tugging and with the privilege of homeschooling, there’s not really any extra time to schedule activities for me. But somehow, all of the necessities get done. I wrote a post this week. It took all week to finish it, but it is complete! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Well Linda, with your big family I’m not surprised. I can imagine that some weeks just getting through the essentials is quite the accomplishment! And actually, I’m amazed that you even find time for blogging – but I’m sure glad you do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Well Maryjane, that’s just the way it goes sometimes! The important thing is to not sweat it, but go with the flow. Lives are not programmable. All we can do is set goals and try to meet them. And people and helping others should always come before our to-do list!! Plus just think of how warm you’ll be next winter!

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Wow you are so organized! I don’t think I’ll ever keep to such a tight agenda. I work on making sure to have time for Jesus first thing in the day, then just taking on the needs, tasks and plans one by one after that. Then at the day’s end, as much as possible take some moments to release the day back to God. These seem to act as book ends in my life holding the jumble of everything else in place. But that’s just me. Have a blessed and super organized day!

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Well, Pastor Pete, I don’t always manage to stick to it perfectly. And I don’t stress about it because, as they say, “life happens.” Actually, this is a new version I’ve made because I realize that to get through my Bible studies it’s going to take organization! I absolutely love your analogy of starting and ending the day with God as book ends! And that really is what holds everything else in place. You made a great picture with that!!

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