We all want what’s best, don’t we? The best food, the best service, the best internet speed (Oh. Is that just me?). Many of us try to be our best and do our best in what we accomplish. But sometimes, I find myself at the end of the day, wondering if it was all enough. Did I DO enough today? Could I have done more?
This is one reason God gave me the word “Enough” for 2017… He wants to be ENOUGH for me and to let me know that I am Enough for the life He has given to me…
Sometimes, my best comes down in the planning for each day. It isn’t so much that I am rigidly adhering to a plan, but rather that I have an outline for the day, incorporate my short and long-term goals, and take time to be intentional about how I spend my time. I can either kill myself trying to stick to my written list; I can just wake up and go with the flow every day, meandering aimlessly through life; or, I can set aside time to plan and prepare. I am still learning, but I want to share with you some printables I made to create a daily sheet for my kids and their routines.
I shared what can happen when you start the night before.
I have also shared what you need to begin building an effective schedule.
For the general everyday routines, I hone in on the important stuff – reminders to brush teeth and pack lunches, but also include the motivator of “screen time” when some routines are completed. The ability to build their schedule, print it on paper, and post it for my kids allows all of us to relax and enjoy each other in the morning. I don’t have to nag – they don’t have to try to argue. It helps eliminate the nasty power struggles we tend to have far too often!
One important aspect of scheduling for me is that I need tools that are both practical and pretty. I love lists and charts. LOVE THEM! (I am sure it is some kind of sickness…) But just making a list every day gets boring and frankly, I lose interest sometimes… On the other hand, when my planner page is pretty but does not have checklists, lines, or sections that are useful to me – it ends up sitting on a shelf unused. (In fact, I have to add lines to my Happy Planner boxes when I use a checklist or need to track anything. Don’t worry – I use other boxes just for pretty stickers and things…)
So I created some new routine charts for my kids. My goal is to get them working on automatic to get ready for school, know what they need to do when they get home and help them remember to, ahem, brush their teeth every night before bedtime, too. I also knew that I needed to personalize each schedule for each child so they could claim their “own”.
As a matter of fact, I posted Curly’s schedule yesterday afternoon and didn’t even have to ask her to check her routine or chore chart – she came home, she saw it and SHE DID IT!!! Woohoo! (Yes, I realize it probably won’t be like this everyday – and Georgie completely acted like she didn’t see hers… I’m just gonna take one victory at a time, okay?)
I am sharing a couple of versions of the same file I created for my kids with you today. These are available to you free – just for visiting my blog. I created a grayscale version for anyone who can’t or won’t print in color – and a “spring” version because we are finally in that glorious season of the year! Just click the links below to get your download. Enjoy!
I hope you like these – I have a couple ideas for more designs, so I may have more to share in future posts. If you have any questions or problems let me know in the comments!!!