I have something cute to share with you. It was born out of a need to compensate my pretty living well planner that recently finished. And while I wait for the new year to start, I needed a daily planner that would keep me on track and focused in the meantime.
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Free Stay At Home Mom Daily Schedule Template
Here is how it looks like and I also have tips below for how you can customize each section according to your own needs.
How To Use This Stay At Home Mom Organization Chart
- Download the daily schedule template by clicking on this link.
- Print out at least a week’s worth of copies of the printable so you can use one each the for the next seven days. This PDF file is in the standard US Letter Size for your convenience. If you would like any other size (A4? A5? etc), just comment below and I’ll make one and put your preferenced size in this post too.
- The night before, sit down with your sheet and a pen and start by filling out time blocks of the next day where you have fixed appointments like dropping off kids to school, meeting someone etc. This way, you’ll know what remaining time slots are available for other things such as your daily goals.
- Next, fill the goals section with three (and not more) absolutely important tasks for the day, such that if you got those done, you can call it a very well accomplished day.
- Next, fill out your meals for the day.
- Jot down any important notes, lists etc you need to keep in front of you during the day in the notes section.
- In the inspiration block, write down the thought that will keep you inspired and motivated to live your day as close to how YOU designed it, as possible.
- Put this sheet up where you see it the most, like the fridge, or if you’re like me and don’t spend much time in the kitchen, then in the living room etc.
Suggestions For Using This Daily Organizer
If planning down to the hour using time blocks like this every day feels like you’re trapped, you can choose to plan only when you have a special project (like decluttering a section of your house over the weekend) to deal with or only on special days (like birthdays, holidays etc.). This will keep you uber focused until you’ve successfully achieved your goal.
Use must-dos section to fill in your non-negotiable activities for the day and keep them down to three. It’s always good to have goals you can actually tick off instead of having too much on the plate and ending the day with the feeling of poor performance.
If you have this plan mapped out before the day begins, you will know how much time you require for grocery and preparations too instead of running like crazy when meal time arrives and ending up ordering unhealthy food.
Also, because I’m a naturally low energy person, if I know the meal plan for the day, I can make necessary preparations early on during the day before my energy goes down and I can barely lift a hand.
Use this section for whatever activities or things take a significant portion of your day, depending on your circumstances. For example:
- Appointments/meeting people
- For making a list of grocery items corresponding your meal plan for the day
Exercise and water intake can make or break my day.
I often get so busy I could easily go half a day without drinking water or even feeling thirsty if I hadn’t placed a physical reminder (water pitcher) right in the middle of the living room. This is why measuring my water intake and exercise is important.
The unchecked empty icons will be an in-the-face reminder that you need to do this.
Use this box for whatever works for you:
- Accomplishments of the day/ What you did great and are proud of today
- Motivational word or quote to keep you going as you work through the day
- Any improvements you want to keep in mind for the next day/What didn’t go as well as you planned and needs tweaking for the next day
- Any reward for crossing off all things on your schedule
Why A Stay At Home Mom Daily Schedule Template Makes The Day Easier
Research says that when you write down your tasks, there are 40+% more chances that you will do them too. I would be willing to spend 10 minutes each night to increase the chances of having a more accomplished day tomorrow.
It also clears my head and I can sleep peacefully knowing that my important tasks will each have its own place for getting done during the day, so I don’t have to worry about the ten other things while I’m busy with one thing.
Also, having a plan keeps me focused on just the things that will make a difference and prevents me from wasting time. So if I really want to watch this drama as a priority, I know it has its place own in the day and I don’t need to sacrifice one thing for the other.
It doesn’t count as a sin if your day doesn’t go as planned, but having a plan does increase focus for sure. Think about it, even if you got half of the things crossed off, that would be better than running around throughout the day feeling busy but not actually doing the things that do matter.
I know, sometimes we are so tired, filling in a planner feels like extra work. But I can assure you that my best days have NEVER been the ones lived on a whim. They are the ones I designed myself on paper first.
Try using a planner and if you have any useful tips please let me know in the comments below.