This lesson is more of an assignment, but it’s quick. As you write down your daily activities, recognize that every small thing you do is a part of the energy drain.
This is pretty simple. Write out your daily activities in bullet form from the time you wake up until you go to sleep.
Here’s an example of a stay at home mom who’s trying to start a business as an author. Most working parents are more aware of making schedules and planning out their days. It doesn’t mean they are more organized, but they don’t need examples as usually, the work environment has it’s own default schedules of meetings and events that are more or less revolving. Every Monday morning at 9:00 is the “kicks start the week” meeting, weekly reviews and updates also follow regular schedules, and so on. Whereas a mom’s schedule can be manipulated by her, the CEO of the house. So, I love using this example as it’s varied in a way that most can relate to.
- 6:00, Rise
- Emptying dishwasher in the morning.
- Feed the dog and cat and clean bowls with fresh water
- Get breakfast going for family.
- 7:00, Get the kids up for school/breakfast and vitamins
/lunches packed/and out the door by 8:05.
- One load of laundry in the washer.
- Make the beds and tidy up toys, bedrooms and gather laundry.
- Pay bills, and call bank, set meetings for this week, PTO, school emails, teacher requests, medical, etc.
- Chores after breakfast: clean kitchen and living room.
- 9:30, get 2 hours of editing the novel
- Watch my show and have coffee
- Monday Grocery list, organize for events coming up,
and plan this week’s shopping list.
- Laundry in dryer
- 12:00 -1:00, PTO project, Susan, Angie, and Sarah meet my house, prepare snacks.
- PTO: this week is bake 4 dozen cookies
- Business networking club for home businesses.
- Tidy up the house before picking kids up from school.
- 2:45 Call mom and my sister for catch up Monday call on the way to pick up kids.
- Homework and snacks
- Take Kate to her play date with Claire.
- Fold laundry and iorn.
- Take the garbage out for tomorrow’s pick up.
- 4:45 Soccer practice for Brian
- Pick up dog food and school supplies on the way back from soccer practice.
- Piano for Kate
- Baths for the kids (Review publishing options while kids bathe)
- Feed the fish and sweep off the porch.
- 6:00, Prepare dinner/clean up/organize lunches for tomorrow and pack husband lunch from dinner leftovers.
- Read with Kate and help brian with his rainforest diorama.
- Backpack check ready for school tomorrow.
- 8:00, get kids in bed and read them a story
- Make sure toys are picked up after kids are in bed and get school clothes ready for the morning.
- Church prayer meeting group (Neighbors house this week)
- Watch my show
- 10:00 Get in some writing and editing before going to sleep
- Bedtime around 11:00
Write out your daily activities in bullet form from the time you wake up until you go to sleep, Monday – Sunday.
Try not leave anything out and you can always add in the things you forget as the days progress.