Friday, July 19, 2013

Planning and Scheduling

I'm sure you have heard me talk many times about taking classes over at the Influence Network .

One class I took back in April was about Planning and Scheduling with Jessi from Naptime Diaries. These are a few of the tips I learned from her and how I am putting them into action now!

Take a deep breath. You've got time. You're in charge. There is grace. 
I love looking at this reminder from her when everything is in chaos.

Get your tools. 
I currently now have a monthly calendar hanging on a wall in my kitchen and a weekly calendar hanging on my fridge. After seeing what Jessi also used I ordered this planner and am waiting for it to come in the mail next month!!

A really important reminder I took from the class is to have measurable To-Dos, Missions and Goals. Even in the chaos I need to keep asking are these measurable?

For the past few months every Sunday I look at my following week. I write down on my weekly calendar what is coming up and I check my monthly calendar. At the end of each month I write the following month and add to it (when necessary) big events, date nights, etc.

80% rule.  
I loved this rule for my weekly calendar. Making sure I schedule rest, times for when chaos will come. Leave some white on the calendar and 80% full.

Highlight scheduled things. 
If something is schedule I highlight now with markers. A play-date, library day, grocery shopping, etc.

These are just a few of the tips I have taken and put into action from that class!

How do you plan and schedule?


  1. Mine is pretty similar. I start the year with what I know is coming (birthdays, scheduled events, etc. and I go a head and plug those into monthly calendars. Any time I make a new appointment I put that on the monthly calendar as well. Then each week I transfer that week's information onto a weekly calendar, along with stuff like the menu for the week etc.
    I also use iCal for the times when I'm not so diligent with the weekly calendar. I can just see my whole month at a glance. I like that because is shows me if I've got some heavy spots coming up. You won't always catch those if you only do your detailed scheduling a week at a time.
    great post!

    1. That is so awesome! I love how you schedule

  2. Hi, Elisha! I'm afraid I usually use the "seat-of-the-pants" scheduling method. You know... running around like a chicken with its head cut off. But these tips sound pretty easy to implement. Thanks for sharing!
    Jan (Visiting from Company Girls)

  3. Hi, Elisha! Stopping by from Womanhood with Purpose. Jessi is an absolute gem! I wanted to take that class, but I just never gotten around to it, so THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing these tips. I especially like the idea of highlighting appointments. All I know is, I've got to get a plan down pat because I'll start officially homeschooling in another couple of weeks. AH! ;)

    1. Homeschooling! We are too:) Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Ohh, I love this. An 80% rule - I've never heard of that. I really like that idea!

    And what calendar is that?? It's adorable!

    1. It is Whitney English Day Designer. I love it!


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