This year I am doing a weekly series every Monday on organizing. There is a great book that I found on Amazon, organize now, by Jennifer Ford Berry. The thing I really love about this book is that it is broken up in to weeks. There is a project for every week of the year, plus a few more.
In Organize Now, Week Five is morning routine, and Week Six is evening routine. I am changing the plan! Week Five is now daily routines, and Week Six is weekly plan.
I have found that the best way for me to deal with my ADD is to have routines. Years ago I found the Flylady, and I adopted most of her systems, and have tweaked them until they work for me. Of all of the “systems” I use, I would have to say that hers is the cornerstone.
Before we get to a routine, we need to talk about the control journal. The control journal is called a lot of things in the blog world…control journal, household binder….whatever you call it, the principle is the same. It is a place to store your routines.
So get yourself a binder. It doesn’t have to be pretty for now, just a binder. Here is a starter list:
• A binder
• Some paper
• Sheet protectors
• Dry erase markers
A pouch for your notebook for pens and stuff
The Flylady has her own series on how to set up your control journal, and you can find it here. Mine started out exactly like hers, but it has changed over the years. Her dividers are:
Daily routines and reminders
Basic weekly plan
Menus and grocery list
Whereas mine are:
Daily (my daily routines)
Weekly (my weekly routines)
You will have to decide what works for you.
Now we will get started on your first section: Daily Routines. What do you really need to do every day? Flylady has a whole section on setting up daily routines here. It is different for everyone. I have things that I do every morning, every evening, and every night before I go to bed.
If I follow this plan, my life just runs a lot more smoothly. As you go about your day, make notes about what you are doing. I like to think about my family being able to use it to keep things going when I win a vacation in the Caribbean. For now, just write it down on a piece of notebook paper, one for each routine. I now have mine typed up and laminated. Then I just use a dry erase marker to check them off, and I wipe them off at the end of the day.
These are some great links about control journals:
A Bowl Full Of Lemons Home Management Binder
i heart organizing household binder
The Nest Effect Home Management Binder
Clean Mama Homekeeping Binder