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.
|Sunrise* Straightening||Straighten house, Dress, Wash|
|Morning Meditation||Quiet time, Writing|
|Noon Meal||Lunch, Dishes|
|Afternoon||Chores, Walk, Visits, Writing|
|Suppertime||Supper, Shower, Writing/Projects|
*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.
- Check the Daily Menu to allow for defrosting time.
- Note the day’s Household Chores from the list of standard, ongoing household chores.
- Check your Work Schedule.
1. Weekly Menu
|DAY & MAIN COMPONENT||EXPLANATION|
|Wednesday Wings||chicken day|
|Saturday Sandwiches||with soup and/or salad|
|Sunday Sauce||with 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 & TASK||EXPLANATION|
|Wednesday Wardrobe||ironing, 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) TASK||EXPLANATION|
|Missions Monday||missions & missional life|
|Wednesday’s Word||Bible study & Bible times|
|Faith-filled Friday||Christian living & trusting God|
|Stewardship Saturday||stewardship & 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!