Sometimes I go onto other blogs and spend time reading. One thing that really sticks out to me about other bloggers is scheduling. It’s so easy to feel that these beautiful people with lovely photographs, amazing blog design and impressive lifestyles ‘have it all together’.
When I first began blogging, one of my most-often-asked questions was: So… how do you keep your schedule? How did you create it? As one might imagine, the answers I got were the basic “I-I… I just… did it…? I hope this was helpful, thank you for writing!” But I still felt that I was really missing something in the timing department. Perhaps it was simply that my life is here on display for everyone, yet many are totally in the dark about what it is that I do exactly. I don’t have children, and Lord knows I could easily get the house cleaned in a few moments, so I must sit on my butt and twiddle my thumbs for the other 23 hours in a day.
I’m a little weird. I haven’t had a schedule in years. I’ve been okay with that, except when I wasn’t. There is a time and a place for everything — and that includes schedules. For a long time, I had felt like every aspect of my life was somehow planned in advance, and I became unhappy with that. I prefer balance.
My early questions, mentioned above, had little to do with the schedule itself, but more to do with the fact that I didn’t understand how anyone could live with themselves on a rigorous schedule. How DOES one go about creating a reasonable time slot for each item of their day without obsessing over it!? This was fascinating to me.
Recently, we reached a point in our household where things just started falling through the cracks, though our proverbial plates are barely full. We both got a bit frustrated. It was time for a schedule. A healthy, balanced one… one that didn’t make us feel trapped. I thought I would share here today, hoping others might benefit:
• I started by writing out a list of each thing that came to mind that I knew we do on a daily / weekly / monthly basis. Then I categorized them (housework, web-based activities including my work, so on).
• Then I noted the regularity of each item. Daily, weekly, monthly…we even had one bi-weekly activity, which is odd for us.
• Finally, I notated a time frame. Here is where it got very important. Rather than saying, “I’m going to wash dishes every day at 3pm”. I decided this takes about 20 minutes. No set specific time necessary. Just get it done.
Doing my schedule this way, not only allows me to be more mindful of the things I enjoy most, but also showed me where I had room to grow; because I now know how much time a day I have to spare for other activities.
Thank you for reading!