Friday, May 7, 2010

Spring Schedule 2010

I was trying to figure out why I never get everything done that I want to in a day, so I thought I'd try to make a visual schedule. It's sort of overly-colorful : ).

The first column is for "at home" days and the second column is for "town" days.

The darker purple blocks are what's left after I do the basic things I'm supposed to get done in a given day (meals, homeschooling, sleep, getting people sent off to things, places I have to go, dishes and laundry).

Needless to say, it never works out that neatly. We have various impromptu activities, or someone calls, or whatever.

The things that would fit in those purple "project" hours are:

  • Lesson Planning
  • Phone calls and other contacts
  • Household (Decluttering and Cleaning)
  • Outside/Exercise/ Community
  • Bath/Rest
  • Family Time
I thought maybe I could choose either to focus in one area for a day or more (household, lesson planning, contacts/business) or do different things in different hours, depending on what seems to work better.

I'm hoping that having this laid out will help me with transitions. Those are the hardest things for me -- moving from one thing to another while still keeping some kind of momentum.

Oh, and I did figure out why I can't get everything done in a given day! To allot each thing as much time as I would like it to have, it would take between 18 and 22 hours.


  1. Personally, I like all the colour. It really helps me with the transitions "OK, we've done the blue section, now off to the green". I wonder sometimes if I should colour code tasks - red for urgent, yellow for "should get done today but it's OK if left for tomorrow", green for things without a time limit. I don't know, something like that might be helpful or it might give me an excuse to procrastinate some more!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. That's why I did all the color -- helps me to get it into my head visually. I like the idea of color-coding urgency. Maybe there should be a fourth color for "important but not urgent" -- those things that you really do want to do but that don't have deadlines. Those seem to be the ones I have the hardest time getting to.


I would love to hear your thoughts on this!