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30 Days of Thanksgiving – 6

30 Days of Thanksgiving - 6


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30 Days of Thanksgiving – 18

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Ten by 10:00

A couple of years ago, in one of my many attempts to get more organized, I came across a little tip that I keep coming back to “Ten by 10”. I’ve searched for it since then to see what other information I might have missed, but nothing close comes up. If you find it, please let me know.

The idea is to list ten things you want to get done by 10:00 am. It might sound like a lot for some or some of you might be thinking, “I do ten things by the time my feet hit the floor”. Either way, I found it very useful. Here are my ten by 10.

  1. Get dressed. This includes brushing my hair as if I’m going out.
  2. Feed the animals. Everyone is ready to go when the sun wakes up.
  3. Quick stretches and planks. I’m in the middle of a 30 day plank challenge. Ugh/Yea.
  4. Morning “teas”. I have a shot of lemon water while I put the kettle on for my “honey tea”.
  5. Morning Devotions. I try to get something in before the kids wake up, even if it’s only a chapter in Proverbs.
  6. Blog. if the kids aren’t up yet, I can squeeze in a few minutes to jot down some ideas, do some research or put the finishing touches on something to publish.
  7. Love on my kids when they get up. I have always said, “Good morning, I love you” to my kids when they wake up. There also might be some hugging, a kiss and a snuggle (I hope 🙂 ).
  8. Feed the people! My boys wake up hungry, even though my little one is up by 8 and the other by…well let’s just say I usually have wake the older one up.
  9. Chore of the day. Monday and Thursday are garbage days.  Wednesday and Friday are laundry days (or as needed). Tuesday and Saturday I pick something small I’ve been wanting/needing to work on- cleaning out the frig or cleaning out a toy basket, something like that. Sunday is a day of rest.
  10. Plan the day- meals and activities. This includes trips to school and the store, chores, projects, school and fun.

Was this tip helpful to you? What are your ten by 10?

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New Year Starts With a Schedule

`What are your New Year Resolutions?
This year I want to get more organized. I need organization around the house, but more importantly, in my life. My first area to tackle…again, is time. I never have enough time to do the things I need/want to do.
I have a great book about scheduling your time, but like most procrastinators, I keep putting it off. My goal to help get organized this year, is to set up a blog by January 1st, 2013. (Check) Why a blog? I’m hoping it will help me to become more organized in my thoughts and goals, and therefore, better with my time. Now I’m ready to get back to the book.

I’m making a chart with the days of the week across the top and times from wake up – bedtime down the side in half hour increments.
Below is an example of a typical Wednesday.
I hope this helps anyone trying to get organized. I already have to do some tweaking on this one. Nap time isn’t happening until 2 and I’m not prepared for dinner. I’m going to use this week as a set up and adjustment week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Step 1: Put all timed events on your schedule. For me, this is Sunday- Church 11:00- 12:30. 1st and 3rd Mondays- Ministry 7:00pm-8:30pm….and so on. This would also include work and school. On my physical schedule, I also block off travel time and getting dressed/ready time.
Step 2: Schedule Quiet Time My earliest riser gets up at 7:00 am now, thank you Lord! So I get up about 6:00 am for quiet time and a cup of uninterrupted tea.
Step 3: Schedule flexible timed events. Meal times, naps for little ones, nursing babies…Allow for prep time if not included in chores.
Step 4: Schedule chores and extra-curricular activities Chores are daily, weekly and monthly, and include grocery shopping. Extra-curricular activities include anything from piano lessons to play dates to projects.

6:00am – dress/breakfast 2:00pm – (kids nap) projects
6:30am – devotions (blog) 2:30pm – kids up, changed, snack
7:00am – baby-change/dress and feed 3:00pm – (play outside) project-
7:30am – chores – feed animals 3:30pm – (play outside) project-
8:00am – family breakfast 4:00pm – kids- bath time
8:30am – (kids free play) chores – dishes 4:30pm – chores- dinner prep
9:00am – structured play-puzzles 5:00pm – Dinner
9:30am – pre-school activities 5:30pm – chores-dishes
10:00am – pre-school sctivities 6:00pm – get ready for church
10:30am – chores- errands 6:30pm – (travel time)
11:00am – chores- errand 7:00pm – Church 7-8:15
11:30am – chores – prep for lunch 7:30pm – Church
12:00pm – family lunch 8:00pm – Church
12:30pm – chores – dishe 8:30pm – (travel time)
1:00pm – (kids nap) projects – market prep 9:00pm – snacks, bed prep for kids
1:30pm – (kids nap) projecta- market prep 9:30pm – kids bedtime routine

If you’re doing this with me, be flexible with it.

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