Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My "plans" for being a stay-at-home mom.

I say "plans" because anyone who has ever had a child knows that the best laid plans are merely a target for a cranky baby to destroy.

Now, I'm no stranger to staying home. As a teacher, I've had the last four summers "off". Of course, I've always taught summer school, but still, summers have always been pretty easy. I hold no illusions that it is going to be quite that simple with a very mobile baby to take care of.

Knowing myself, I know that I need some sort of structure if I'm going to accomplish anything other than laying on the floor, playing with C. (which is admirable, but I'd like to get a little more done than that). So here's my plan:

Earlier this year I invested in a very nice, personalized family planner. I got it from Plum Paper Designs on Etsy. It was a little more expensive than I would have liked, but it is solid, and large.

I've tried using online calendars from Google to other programs, but for me? Nothing works as well as a tangible planner. The thing I love about this particular design is the meal planning component. Along the bottom is a place to plan out meals for the week. There's also a grocery list place, but it's ridiculously short, so I've turned that into my weekly "project list".

So my plan is this. Each Sunday I will spend some time "planning" out my week. I'll make a list of projects (seen in the upper left of the photo). But if I don't get to them all? The world won't end.

I hope to blog more often now that I'm home more. In the "notes" section of the planner I'm planning out at least one blog post per week. Maybe two.

This week's project list looks long, but really, it's mostly phone calls. Here's my plan for this week:
-front door (it needs to be painted, badly)
-hang pictures in Bean's room
-hang shelves in Bean's room
-make a vet appointment for Kirby
-move my doctor appointment
-cancel cable
-set up appointments for estimates on re-tiling our upstairs shower
-finish my chapter 3 outline of my thesis

I highly doubt the front door will get done, but if it doesn't? Who cares? I'll just move it to next week. A plan with flexibility.

Anyone else stay home? How do you plan your weeks? What do you do with your little ones? I'll happily accept any tips! 

I do hope to blog more, I'm shooting for at least one post a week.

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