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?



8 comments:

  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!

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

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  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)

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  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! ;)

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

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  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!

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

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