Time for Mom: What’s Your Plan?

(This post is part of an ongoing discussion about how to become “a woman you can count on.” You can start at the beginning or just jump in here.)

Successful time management is essential to a well-run home and a sane family life. There are plenty of books out there that address this topic. But, if we had the time to read the books, we probably wouldn’t need to learn how to manage our time!

The question we’re looking at today is this:

1. What’s your plan? How do you plan all that you need to do?

For busy moms, having some sort of “to-do list” is essential to getting anything accomplished. Some can just keep a mental list and do very well. Others have detailed time tracking systems. I know one uber-efficient woman who has every minute accounted for. For some a planner really works. Others keep a list in their pockets. The trick is to find what works for you and use it consistently.

Simple Mom has a great Daily Docket and it’s mini version as well as a helpful post on how it works for her.

This was inspirational for me as I found that my previous system was becoming cumbersome. However, I’ve tweaked it a little (as pictured). I grab a sheet of paper from the recycling bin and jot down 10 things to accomplish in the day. I put stars next to the MITs, as Tsh calls them, “the Most Important Tasks.” I keep my list on a clipboard so it’s easy to find and easy to check things off, make notes, etc.

What do you do? How do you plan our your day and make your things to do actually happen?

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  1. This is a really helpful post, and it’s something I’ve been trying to figure out for myself lately. I have a dry erase board on my fridge, and make a list of my to-do’s for the day there. I rank them in order of importance, and make sure to get the top 3 done if nothing else. I also have a skeleton schedule written out on the board to help me keep track of school stuff, naps, meals, etc. It helps keep me on track without making me crazy by trying to follow an involved schedule exactly!

  2. I use a small daily planner and write in it the errands and other essentials for the day (i.e. mail a birthday card, send special snack to school for one of the girls’ classes). Housework-type stuff is just in my head; I fit it in throughout the day as I can. I really enjoy seeing how others plan out their day and always feel I can pick up some pointers!

  3. Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam says:

    I struggle with this. I have tweaked so many systems. When I finally find one that works for me – it will be worth millions.:)

  4. I have a huge dry erase board that I hung up on my wall after the kids went to public school after being homeschooled for a couple of years. Everything goes on that board…simply because it’s a central area. We’re out of trash bags – it goes on the board. The Boy loses money for not doing a chore correctly – it goes on the board. Mom needs a daily reminder – it goes on the board. Everyone know The Board and everyone uses The Board.

  5. I also use a piece of paper from the recycling and make my to do list on that. I lay it on the counter and check off as I go. I like the idea of a clipboard. Also I love the idea of MITs. That would help me to be more organized. For long term lists like recipes I want to try, things I want to look at garage sales for and the like I keep a composition book and this fits in my rather large purse so I can take it with me when needed. It seems from your to do list that you are a teacher. I teach 2nd grade.

  6. Your Frugal Friend, Niki says:

    Pretty funny you mention this because I also use Simple Mom’s daily dockets! The blog world is a small world!

    :)

  7. I’d like to nominate you for a Key Player award at http://learntocoupon.com .
    http://learntocoupon.com/KeyPlayers.html

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