Favorite Things…Planners and Schedules


Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. — Ephesians 5:15-17

I have a love-hate relationship with schedules. In the past I have had the household on a strict schedule which worked for awhile until we needed to pack up and move. Now we have a very loose schedule, meaning our days are run more by a routine than set times. Because of the constant changes that have happened since moving to Wisconsin (job schedule changes, a very hard pregnancy that threw us into “survival mode,” kids growing, etc.), I just haven’t’ been able to get the family on a tighter routine. I’m also not particularly fond of a tight routine because I don’t like feeling as if I have to do something at a particular time–a rebel-without-a-cause streak in me. I think we are now in a period where I can work on that, plus I know I need it even if I won’t like it.

I have complete scatterbrain going on right now due to being pregnant. I have missed two appointments with my midwife, and a couple of appointments for other things. I have started a very part-time position (a few hours a week) as a virtual assistant while starting my own Usborne books business which includes a new education blog. I have writing projects and this blog I need to work on. Plants are sitting outside screaming at me “hurry up and plant me!” The kids school schedule and outings are priority, too, plus the normal running the household stuff. My loose routines and keeping track of things in my head is not cutting it. With the weather being so beautiful I also want to make sure to get the kids outside more and change the time we do our book work for school. It’s time for a change!

I’ve always liked having a “real” planner but tried for a long time to use an online family planner program which has never ever worked for me. Ever. I do lots of things online but for whatever reason keeping my schedule and routine online does not work. So instead of continuing to fight against how I work best I went and bought a small planner and I am going to work on a tighter schedule for all the things we need to get done around here. We get plenty done but I know a tighter routine will help us to do even better.

So I am putting this post under Favorite Things because I know life will be better if I manage my time and the families time better with a planner and schedule. I will also be forced to prioritize even more which is always a good thing. There are so many wonderful things to do, learn, read, etc. that it is absolutely necessary to prioritize or the really important things can fall by the wayside. Got any tips you can share?


  1. When ever I want inspiration to start a schedule I read “A Mother’s Rule” by Holly Pierlot. For an excellent making a schedule workbook I use “Managers of Their Homes. “. For a cleaning schedule I like “Is There Life After Housework?” Can you tell I like reading about schedules better than implementing them?

    • I’ve read those books before and they were helpful in the past. I might pull them out again, thanks for the reminder! I am sure a lot of us ladies have a shelf of schedule and organization books that we’ve read more than implemented! 😉

  2. Sarah@TheOrthodoxMama says:

    Have you read Crystal Paine’s “Say Good-bye to Survival Mode” or Jessica Turner’s “The Fringe Hours”? I really enjoyed both of them.

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