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STEP 5 – CREATING THE SCHEDULE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Last by by no means least is putting everything together that you have done so far and filling into your schedule when you will do each of the tasks you have listed – so that everything gets done as often as you want, within the time you have available.
In your mind, work through your typical weekly schedule, and start to allocate the jobs from your list onto specific days.
Work through each day and see which rooms/jobs would be easiest to achieve on each one.
DAILY TASKS : –
These will (of course) – be a list that you need to get through each day – so it’s enough to write DAILY TASKS at the top of each day on your schedule, and then you could have a quick checklist that has them all listed that you can tick off each day as you do them.
I have a weekly checklist that works really well for this – you can find it HERE.
WEEKLY & FORTNIGHTLY TASKS: –
Simply add these tasks to the day that you can do them each week / fortnight (this is where having a 4 week schedule works well as you only need to add the fortnightly tasks to 2 out of the 4 weeks).
MONTHLY & ANNUAL TASKS: –
Monthly tasks will need to appear once over the 4 weeks – so it makes sense to split them up equally over those 4 weeks – but I split them up into 3 for the following reason: –
You also have annual tasks to consider, which will be made easier by splitting up into 12 equal chunks, and do one set each month over the course of the year.
So – you can have something like the following: –
WEEK 1 – Set of monthly tasks
WEEK 2 – Set of monthly tasks
WEEK 3 – Set of monthly tasks
WEEK 4 – Annual tasks for that month
Doing things this way means that you know that everything will be got to at the right time, so you have less need to worry. Perfect!
HERE ARE SOME QUICK TIPS TO HELP: –
- Look at allocating a specific month to each of your 12 Annual groups – and be time specific – i.e. defrosting the freezer and cleaning curtains would be easier in the summer months, and the winter months may be perfect for a massive declutter or to tackle the filing to ensure its up to date etc….
- If you find that you simply can’t fit everything in – start to prioritise. For example – Do you really need to hoover every day or would a quick hoover twice a week with a thorough hoover once a month (moving furniture etc…) actually be sufficient? You know what you will actually be able to do – and therefore work with that, then you are much more likely to be able to stick with the schedule.
- Think about delegating tasks that you want to complete but really have no time to do them in – pay for help, delegate more to others in the house etc… (I like to have a 10 minute tidy up session each evening and get my family involved – you could add in a couple of specific tasks for each person during this time as that works well).
- Don’t be too strict on when you do things – I used to write down time slots as well for my cleaning chores, but felt I worked better when I simply had a list of things to get through that day and fit them in around my scheduled stuff. I work better like this, so it’s worth understanding what works best for you and scheduling accordingly. You may find that having times to do things works better for you while you get used to everything, and then slowly you’ll start to know whats required on each day anyway.
- Add your schedule to your diary – I add mine at the front of my diary and then I can easily check on what my daily tasks are, and add them to my TO DO list for that specific day – that way nothing gets forgotten. The other way is to add your schedule to a utility/kitchen cupboard door so you can have a quick look each day at what to do.
- Be realistic – some things may have to wait as life gets in the way – but when you have worked out what those things will be, its easier to carry them over to the next less busy day/week.
- Use your free days (those that fall outside the 4 weeks each month) to get more done. A lot of months don’t fall exactly into 4 weeks, there are usually a couple of days left over, which I class as bonus days. You could have a rest and relax a little, OR you can get ahead with some tasks for the following month, which is great if you are going to be busier than usual (or away) – that’s the beauty of knowing what’s next with a schedule – you can get ahead!
(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)
Have you managed to fit everything in?
How are you feeling now?
Now it’s time for real life to show you whether your schedule is sustainable…