Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Ma Ingalls Moment

Being a good steward of my time is a goal on which I wanted to focus in 2011.

While I have a routine for my early mornings, which includes getting myself and my family ready for the day, I find that there are larger blocks of time later in the day that tend to get wasted. Although not every one of my days looks the same, I wanted to develop a basic schedule for regular tasks that I can adjust as needed.

I also need to get a better handle on cleaning the house. I've never assigned certain chores to specific days (i.e. laundry on Mondays, baking on Tuesdays), because it made me feel too "Ma Ingalls-ish." Not that there's anything wrong with Ma Ingalls, mind you. Yet in order to ensure that our master bathroom does get cleaned once in awhile, I decided to give this a try.

[Tip of the day: Keep a small pad of paper and a pen in the car. I spend a good deal of time there and occasionally have a great idea strike me that I don't want to forget. That's where this list originated.]

Daily: straighten house, do meal prep for supper, exercise

Monday: errands, laundry

Tuesday: ironing, baking

Wednesday: errands, laundry

Thursday: clean master bathroom, baking

Friday: clean master bedroom, vacuum, laundry

(Lest you think that the rest of the house never gets cleaned, I'll let you know that our daughters do a number of chores each Saturday morning that help get the other areas in order.)

I will try to begin each day with the daily tasks, move on to that day's assigned tasks, and after those are done, devote time to the computer and writing-related projects that I want to accomplish.

I'm hoping that having this plan in place will help me make the best use of my time. Besides being inspired by Crystal's ebook on time management, I'm also enjoying following Jennifer as she implements the Flylady's system. What have you found works for you in this area?

Linked to Raising Homemakers.


  1. Tracey,
    Thank you so much for the shout out! :) Looks like a great list to me. I know that by making lists, and breaking things up throughout the week, it has made my life much simpler.

    Have a great day!
    Jennifer @

  2. Jennifer,

    I'm excited about what I've already gotten done this morning! I think the most difficult part is staying off of the computer - not checking e-mails, responding to blog comments, etc., until my other tasks are done. However, I know that if I sit down at the computer even for a minute, one thing will lead to another and my time will slip away.

  3. LOL - your days sound very similar to mine :) I, too, have found that having a rhythm/routine to follow simplifies my schedule. Even though it's not fun to stick to does ensure the important things are attended to!

    This was an encouraging post - thanks for sharing :)


  4. Collette,

    Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and comment. Day one has gone well, so let's hope I can stay on track! :)

  5. Looks like you are off to a great start :) I am Ma Ingalls :) I have a list of chores for each day, and on the days that I get ahead I am sooo excited!! Enjoy your day!


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