Scheduling. I love to schedule. Give me a cup of tea, a pen and an empty planner and I am in a state of pure delight. For me, planning and scheduling is total relaxation. However, life doesn't always cooperate with my detailed scheduling and once my schedule gets derailed then, most times, so do I.
"Plan the work and work the plan."
I am not sure who said that but I am great with the first, not so great with the second.
It is time once again to redo my master schedule as dear hubby will be starting shifts next week. With his rotating shifts each week is always different. The past few weeks I have been using a format that is less detailed and it has been working for me but with the upcoming changes I think I will benefit from the more structured approach for the next little while.
So, this is roughly what my schedule will look like for the week.
7:00 am AM Routine (laundry, make coffee, dressed, devotions, etc)
8:00 am Make breakfast
8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Walk dog
10:00 am Clean kitchen / Make soup or bread as needed
10:30 am Shower
11:00 am School time
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm School time
2:30 pm Clean bathroom, Empty garbages, General clean-up around house
3:00 pm School time (if needed) / Break
4:00 pm Floors
4:30 pm Supper prep / Bake
5:00 pm Fold and put away laundry
5:30 pm Finish supper prep
6:00 pm Supper / Clean up
7:00 pm Extra household cleaning
9:30 pm Tea Time
10:00 pm PM Routine
10:30 pm Lights out
Like, I mentioned, this is a general outline but it should give me a good framework to plan each day around.
While the sun was shining yesterday I went out and took a few fall pictures around the yard as we have rain in the forescast for the next 4-5 days.
I am thrilled this year with the vine as normally it gets eaten up by the aphids. It is so beautiful in the fall.
Today was errand day but yesterday, as part of trying to make my evenings more productive, I baked a cake. I let it cool overnight and iced it this morning. Supper went in the crockpot and the breadmaker was set. It was so wonderful to come home after a long, cool, wet day of errands and shopping to a hot, home-cooked meal, fresh bread and of course, delicious cake for dessert.
Well, it is time to start winding the day down. I will light some candles, make some hot chocolate for the family and sit down for some quiet time with my x-stitch, or maybe my planner.
A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.