Homemaking

How Block Scheduling Can Help in Homemaking


BUSY WOMEN

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Women are a busy bunch of people.

Whether we work at home, are a homemaker, have a career, have children or don’t have children; our schedules are packed and the calendar is full.

Our time is filled with various activities such as work, play, sports, leisure, church, family time, homemaking, our children’s activities, and the pursuit of our own hobbies and passions.

And most of us have the desire to follow a schedule that promotes productivity.

TIME IS PRECIOUS

You and I have all been given the same 24 hours in a day.

What we choose to do with that time is up to us.

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We can allow ourselves to become distracted and waste this gift of time we have.

Or…..

We can set out to create routines that work for us and our family.

And….

We can set goals and do what we can to achieve those goals.

ROUTINES AND SCHEDULE

A schedule or a timetable, as a basic time-management tool, consists of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place, or of a sequence of events in the chronological order in which such things are intended to take place. (Collins English Dictionary)

WHY WE NEED A ROUTINE?

We need routines because they allow us, especially as busy women to grow and develop those habits that help us to create an efficient home as we serve our families.


We need schedules because they tell us when we should accomplish or work on our routines.

There are many types of routines, and they all serve the same purpose.

But not all are successful.

Why most routines fail:

  1. They are too strict.
  2. They are too vague.
  3. They are not followed.
  4. They provide no flexibility.
  5. They have no goals.

I am a big believer in block scheduling. This is how I get stuff done.

As a mom of six children, married wife of nearly 20 years, and full-time blogger and author I know all about being busy.

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I can tell you what works and what doesn’t when it comes to different types of routines, but I know that I have had the most success with a block schedule.

BLOCK SCHEDULING

You may have heard of block scheduling pertaining to schools or even in homeschooling. Yet, there is an often unused and even unheard of method of scheduling for busy homemakers.

It is called block scheduling.

BLOCK scheduling, provides a flexible and adaptable; yet proven routine that allows you to accomplish your goals.

If you are a career mom or work at home mom, you may have some sort of schedule that you follow.

Or even as a stay-at-home wife or mother, you may have a loose schedule that your follow.

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WHY DO YOU NEED TO USE A BLOCK SCHEDULE FOR YOUR ROUTINE?

  1. It will take into account all of your activities, tasks, chores, interests, and expectations.
  2. You will not waste time and instead learn how to create more time within your schedule.
  3. Determine your priorities.
  4. Establish and develop a routine that works for you and your family!

BLOCK YOUR TIME: DEVELOPING YOUR OWN SCHEDULE

Activities

This is where you will be taking into consideration EVERYTHING in your life that requires your time.

Some things to consider:

  • Family time
  • Sports
  • Schools
  • Kids
  • Work
  • Housekeeping
  • Church
  • Pastimes
  • Exercise
  • Leisure
  • Cooking/baking

*Do an inventory of all activites and everything that you do and write them down in no particular order.

In the next step, you will determine your priorities.

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Creating a list of all of your activities

Priorities

*Determine what are you main priorities, these become your category.

*Choose a color for each category.

*List each priority on a designated page marker Post-It Note.

Examples:

  • Work: Blue
  • House: Yellow
  • Church: Green
  • School/kids/sports: Red
"Time is a gift. Choose how you spend it, wisely."
Stephanie Malcolm

Gather tools

You will need the following

*Calendar

*Post-It notes (both regular and page holder size)

*Large Poster Board: I prefer 22 x 28 inch size in neon colors.

See my own example below.

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*Sharpie makers of various colors.

*Your category list

Creation of Block Schedule

  1. Determine what times you will be doing each task or activity.
  2. On the upper top row, write down the days of the week.
  3. Determine your time BLOCKS, otherwise known as increments. Will you be working in a tightly controlled schedule, where you have every minute of the day accounted for? Or will you have blocks of 30 minutes.

I have chosen to work in 1 hour blocks of time. With a large family, many demands, and a full schedule; I felt it was unnecessary to be tied down to a specific time.

And mama’s of many children or young children, you never know who will get sick or what will happen, so flexibility is key.

4. In the first column, write down your time blocks.

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A portion of my block schedule

5. Place your color-coded page holder Post It Notes in the appropriate time slot.

WORTH MENTIONING


*You will see that I add larger Post It Notes at the end of the day as a reminder to pour some extra ‘love’ on my dear husband. These change weekly or monthly.

*I use a personal planner as well for appointments, birthdays, and other personal dates.

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Make note of personal planner on right-hand side of my desk.

In Conclusion

Block scheduling can be a wonderful addition to your life. It is reliable and holds you accountable at the same time.

It alleviates the pressure of remembering your tasks and schedule.

It accomodates the entire family, or one can be created for each member of your family.

Other Uses for Block Scheduling

  1. I have broken down my block schedule for my blog as well.
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Blog Content Calendar

2. I use a shorter version of block scheduling for my chores.

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If you are still looking for additional help in your homemaking routine, you may the find the following resources below helpful as well.

How to Set Goals

Keepers of the Home Series

Why We Need Routines

What about you?

Show me your schedule or routine below. I’d love to see it.

How else can I help you?

What resources can I provide that will help you as a homemaker?


Drop me an email at stephaniemalcolmauthor@gmail.com or leave me a comment. I will respond to each and every one.


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