Happy Families Use Schedules

As a busy work from home mom I really couldn’t make due without our daily schedules and routines! Having the kids go to bed at a specific (early) time each day, and having Tyler nap at the same time each day means that I have built in and consistent times when I can do my work every day.

This year I’ve taken it a step further and broken it down into day by day plans for each week day. Though these moment by moment plans have been chucked out the window when life gets crazy they’ve been perfect for the normal weeks in our life.

You don’t have to be a work from home mom to benefit from a structured schedule and routine, however.

According to the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning,

Studies have documented that schedules and routines influence children’s emotional, cognitive, and social development. Predictable and consistent schedules in preschool classrooms help children feel secure and comfortable. Also, schedules and routines help children understand the expectations of the environment and reduce the frequency of behavior problems, such as tantrums and acts of aggression.

I’ve found that this applies in and out of the classroom-and for everyone from infants to preschoolers! With our many moves and crazy lifes keeping the same day to day routines where ever we are helps to keep a little bit of comfort and normalcy in my kids worlds!

 Planners and calendars help keep schedules and routines on track. This isn’t the first time I’ve gushed over their merits or talked about how much I enjoy physically checking off my to do list–and it probably won’t be the last either! They really are my brain and I couldn’t live without them!

Personally I like to have a big wall calendar somewhere that can hold all the families activities and that Bob can feel free to add to–like the House of Doolittle Two-Color Monthly Desk Pad Calendar w/ Large Notes Section.

For my own daily use I love to have a planner that contains both a monthly page and then daily pages-that way I can write down important daily events and see what’s going on that month at a glance, then put my to-do lists down and cross them off each day. The House of Doolittle Wirebound Weekly/ Monthly Planner hits all my must-haves and I’m excited to use it in 2013!

Do you use schedules and routines in your family? Why or why not?

I was provided with the planners by Shoplet your stop for Office Supplies and more! All opinions, tips, and mad good planner pics are my own.

Staying On Track Through Organizing

A Peek into my life! This was from this week 🙂

As a work from home mom staying organized and on track with ALL that I do is quite the feat. I’ve found that I can manage well if I have good structure to our days, and if I stay organized!

Recently in one of my blogging facebook groups we started up conversations on how we keep on top of everything-specifically blog posts, but also life in general. It was great seeing the different processes and tools that everyone uses and definitely gave me some inspiration!

The tools that I use to help keep “my brain” in order are Google Docs and my Plan 2 B Planner (shown above)

I love Google Docs because it’s basically the Microsoft Office Suite but in an online format–so when thing happen like you spilling a glass of water on your laptop happen (yes I just did that, yes I cried) you don’t lose ALL your documents! I use it for our finances budget spreadsheet and for keeping track of blog posts (there is a method behind the madness!!)

I’ve talked about how I have a step by step plan for every day of the week as a guideline and then for the big tasks that are needed to be done that specific day I write them out in the to do list you see above. When I get something done I get to x it off my list, if it doesn’t get done I cross it out and it usually rolls over to the following day. I really LOVE this planner as it has a monthly page and then the weeks look like this–just what I love/need!

Since I have a good system in place that just needs a little tweaking for my plan lately I’ve been turning my attention to how to manage ALL my social media accounts better. You name it–I probably have an account there! I’ve found sites like MyLife.com to be a super interesting idea and way to pull everything together and make it more manageable–instead of having the 100 tabs open like I normally do–yepp right now I have 2 email accounts, directions, a website, and my blogging tab open…….

What tools and plans do you use to keep your life organized? Anything you really love and would recommend?