I spent the better part of two days putting together a CONSISTENT schedule, one that incorporates homeschool, physical fitness, growing my organizing business, and supporting my husband’s personal and professional growth. For each task, I included car time and prep time, extra hands-on time, and free time, making it the most realistic schedule I’ve ever put together!
Can you imagine that?? With just one word and about 4 hours of work (I took breaks), I was able to pull all of my goals into a fluid (and flexible) schedule/routine! I’ve printed up each of our routines and hung them in the kitchen for all to see and I’ve already referred back to it a number of times.
Yes, there will be days that will be thrown out of whack because of a special field trip, once-a-month Enrichment classes for the kids, and other life stuff. On those days, I will modify the schedule. Maybe we won’t do our Job Charts in the morning, or we will eat dinner at 5:30pm instead of 6pm, or I forego the schoolwork on the day of Enrichment (since it’s like a full school day for them already).
How To Build a Consistent Schedule For A Busy Family
Write down all of your goals/commitments (or refer to the list you made to find your Focus Word)
Download a Basic Consistent Schedule (5-Day or 7-Day options available) for each person in your family.
Fill in time-specific items, such as school hours, work hours, or lessons. These are things that the time and day remains constant. Be sure to account for driving time or the amount of time it will take you to get your kids in and out of the car.
Set your meal times. It’s so great to be able to tell the kids “Lunch will be served at 12pm”, instead of “I’ll get food in a few minutes”.
Prioritize your goals and commitments and assign an amount of time you’ll need for each item. Always round up so it builds a buffer into your day. For example, it usually takes 30-45 minutes to do our math work for the day, so I give it 60 minutes. If we need to go over something, it won’t eat into the time allotted for another task.
Continue to enter all of your commitments and goals into each person’s individual schedule.
Double check that there are no conflicts across the schedules. Once you are sure, hang each one up in a central location for everyone to refer back to.
Things to keep in mind when creating a Consistent Schedule:
- Take note of who is actively participating in something, and who is just along for the ride.
For example, two of my kids are in the same gymnastics class, which leaves the third available for one-on-one time with me.
- Be flexible. Your idea for a perfect schedule may not be feasible given your commitments.
I had really wanted my gym time to be first thing in the morning (8am-10am, 3 days a week), but it just didn’t work with our lessons. As I filled in the schedule, I knew I was on the hunt for a two hour time slot, three days a week. It turns out that Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3-5 pm was open on everyone’s schedule. By simply moving our dinner hour to 6pm instead of 5pm, I was able to make this happen and still have an hour to prep!
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