Can we Schedule Simplicity?

The multiple distractions of life eat away at our time, making organization and discipline ever more necessary. Especially for folks like me, who work at home. With few actual deadlines to meet, it’s easy to procrastinate! But can we schedule a simple life? Or does simple living mean just taking things as they come? 

Well true simple life, I think, is about tending to the necessary while making time for the meaningful. Because leaving things undone eventually creates problems. Yet we could become so structured that we miss out on life’s simple pleasures, like leisurely strolls, watching sunsets, and visits with friends.

That’s why I find that a simple schedule + alphabetical task lists really do the trick!

They’re easy to memorize because each task matches the day, like Tuesday Tidy-up. And that makes it easy to form a steady routine!

First, I check the Daily Time Schedule:

This helps me keep the basic time frames in mind throughout the day. Mine is pretty simple because I don’t have many outside commitments, but you could easily adapt it to your needs.

TIME FRAMETO-DO
Sunrise* StraighteningStraighten house, Dress, Wash
Morning MeditationQuiet time, Writing
Noon MealLunch, Dishes
AfternoonChores, Walk, Visits, Writing
SuppertimeSupper, Shower, Writing/Projects
BedtimeBrush teeth

*Note: Sunrise doesn’t mean I get up at sunrise, but it matches straightening for easier remembering. I find such simple tricks help a lot. And as for noon and lunch, even though don’t match, but they’re too logical to mix up! 😉

Next, I check my 3 Alphabetical “Chore” Lists.

A quick glance shows what needs doing each day, which helps in planning the day.

  1. Check the Daily Menu to allow for defrosting time.
  2. Note the day’s Household Chores from the list of standard, ongoing household chores.
  3. Check your Work Schedule.

1. Weekly Menu

DAY & MAIN COMPONENTEXPLANATION
Monday Meat
Tuesday Eggs
Wednesday Wings chicken day
Thursday Beans
Friday Fish
Saturday Sandwicheswith soup and/or salad
Sunday Saucewith pasta, rice, or polenta

This plan may seem over simplified, but it’s easy to use and remember, and you can swap the days. By adding a wide variety of vegetables and grains you’ll have a well-balanced, varied menu in a snap! Just buy your meats, grains, and other staples each week. Add fruits and vegetables, and use the more perishable first.

Although Tuesday’s and Thursday’s items don’t match the days, I use the fact that they’re in alphabetical order to remember them.

2. Household Chores

DAY & TASKEXPLANATION
Tuesday Tidy-up
Wednesday Wardrobeironing, mending
Thursday Thorough Cleaning
Saturday Spruce up

I personally don’t schedule laundry or sheet changing because I don’t have a clothes dryer. The weather is what ends up scheduling those chores!

3. Work Schedule

In my case blogging. I don’t post everyday, I could possibly organize my work week in this way!

DAY & WORK (blog) TASKEXPLANATION
Missions Mondaymissions & missional life
Wednesday’s WordBible study & Bible times
Faith-filled FridayChristian living & trusting God
Stewardship Saturdaystewardship & simple living

True simplicity is about making time and space for the most meaningful things in life.

But we enjoy free time and relaxation more once we’ve fulfilled our duties. Otherwise they nag at our minds, robbing us of the serenity and peace of mind that our souls crave.

And now, over to you. Do you have any schedules or other methods to keep you on track? Or do you just take each day as it comes? And why? I’d really like to hear, because I’m always willing to learn new ways and ideas!

But for now, I’m off to iron. It’s on the schedule, you know! 😉

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  1. “A true simple life, I think, is about tending to the necessary, while making time for the meaningful.” Oh, that’s good, Sheila! For me, “what’s necessary” includes my quiet time and then aerobic/strengthening exercises (30 minutes) before breakfast most days. But from then on, “What’s necessary” is taken care of on an as-needed basis: laundry, cleaning chores, yard work, errands, etc. Some days I also babysit our granddaughters, but not on a regular schedule. I love the freedom retirement offers to be less controlled by a schedule and the ability to make time for the meaningful–like playing with my grand-girls!

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    1. That sounds like a great idea, Mimi! I’ve tried numerous times to have a sheet-washing day. But in our rainy season here and with no clothes dryer, I have found it next to impossible. But for some reason I usually try to wash sheets toward the end of the week. Funny how we have those little preferences, isn’t it?

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      1. Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, amazing how we all have different preferences. I remember Mama only washing clothes on certain days and hanging them on the clothesline. The memory of sheets and clothing dancing in the wind is special to me. 🙂

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