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STEP 3 – WHAT TIME DO YOU HAVE?
Let’s take a second to be real about this.
We always overestimate what we can get done in a set amount of time, which can so easily lead to disappointment – so I want you to really think carefully about all aspects of your life when looking at what time you have available.
That’s why having a weekly schedule (for an average week) is key to being more organised – somewhere where you can put EVERYTHING you do in one place – so you can see clearly what you can fit in and where.
If you already have a weekly schedule then great – pull it out right now! – If not, you will want to create one for this step to work as well as it can.
A weekly schedule looks something like this (taken from my Productivity Planner, but you can make your own of course): –
Within your schedule are usually everything such as work, social, clubs, hobbies, school, fitness etc….
What I would also urge you to include are things like time to get dressed, eating, shopping etc… and always ensure you have blocked out travel time as well as this is often forgotten and leads to over scheduling. These all need to be done as well, and take time – so it makes sense to include everything in your schedule to get a much more realistic idea of what time you have left.
This step is crucial to gaining more idea of how you can fit in all the chores you need to fit in, and see whether you need to tweak and change anything.
You will no doubt find that some days will allow you to fit in more than others as that’s the way that most of our lives tend to go!
Lastly – it makes sense to do a weekly schedule for anyone in your house as well, so that if you decide to delegate jobs to them, you can see exactly the same things for them as well (what days would work better for them and what time they have available).
It’s really important that the cleaning jobs they are allocated are do-able within their schedules as well otherwise you will find things not working later down the line.
WHY YOU MAY PREFER TO USE A 4 WEEK SCHEDULE: –
I’ve looked into how to create a cleaning schedule a LOT – and over the years have found that a 4 week schedule works better than a 1 week.
If you try and add in notes on a weekly schedule to say “only do this fortnightly”, “Done last day of the month” etc… – a weekly schedule gets very full and very complicated VERY quickly.
As such – just copy your weekly schedule 4 times, as this allows you to only write down what you need to on the right week.
If you think a 4 week schedule would work best for you, then why not give it a go!
(NOTE – If you prefer to have printables ready to use rather than make your own, there is a 4 week schedule, and other cleaning printables, available as part of my HOME FILE – to find out more please CLICK HERE)
Now you should be starting to see that you have been trying to clean your home and the myriad of jobs that entails in very little available time.
No wonder it’s a struggle to stay ahead!
The next step we are going to look at is how to make things work well for you going forward – to stop the crazy and focus on the calm instead…