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Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner

Using the Daily Planner

A homemaker’s life consists of innumerable details. Appointments, church activities, school schedules, and homemaking in general, repeatedly demand her time and attention. Written tasks help to organize our days and duties and it frees the mind to focus on what is most important.

A planner helps create a visual layout of a week or month. We measure time by years, months, weeks, and days. Likewise, events, projects, and normal daily duties can be categorized in the same orderly way.The Yearly Calendar gives a quick overview. The Monthly Calendar shows at a glance what is taking place.The Weekly Calendar is more detailed to help keep us focused.

A planner can help to schedule time more efficiently,which gives freedom to enjoy life in a relaxed, productive way. It is a place to write upcoming church/school/social events, household jobs, children activities and more. Written schedules and events give direction when planning and arranging other activities. While paper and pencil are essential instruments in scheduling, it is the eraser that keeps things flexible.

This daily planner is divided into the following seven sections:

YEARLY CALENDAR

This is for jotting down upcoming events,or making note of a special happening. To remember the one-year anniversary of the death of a friend’s husband, just post it in the appropriate space of the following year. If passports expire in October of 2018, make a note for future reference.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Make an entry of all the upcoming events such as church meetings, weddings, school activities, appointments, reunions, holidays, etc. on the Monthly Calendar. It is helpful to see at a glance what will be happening over the next several months.This becomes useful for weekly scheduling.

WEEKLY PLANNING

Under the heading Tasks for this Week are spaces to jot down things that need to be done such as phone calls, appointments, balancing the checkbook, etc. It’s beneficial to take time to sketch out the weekly tasks in advance. If a dentist appointment needs to be scheduled, write it down. If laundry is the biggest event on Monday, write it down. Look for short slots of time to do small projects. It only takes a few minutes to schedule a dentist appointment or to send a card. If it is written down, you are more apt to grab those precious few minutes when the opportunity arises. If a suit needs to be taken to the dry cleaners, jot it down so it isn’t forgotten on the next trip to town. If cleaning is consistently done on Friday, then consistently write it down. As monotonous as that may seem, it is still a big accomplishment.

Plan the basic menu for the main meal each day. This can be done before the week arrives or it can be decided on a daily basis. Deciding on the type of meal for each day will lessen the choices. Example: casserole on Monday, soup on Tuesday, meat and potatoes on Wednesday… When Monday comes, just decide what type of casserole to make.

To make the current weekly layout easy to find, clip the top corner of the page on the dotted line. Write with a pencil so daily tasks can easily be erased and rearranged to accommodate the unpredicted issues that come along. Written tasks are to serve as a guide so you can plan what is reasonable and comfortable. Freely modifying a schedule is not a sign of weakness, rather it is a mark of strength. This approach will help to make wise choices that are best for you, your husband, and your children.

TASKS LIST

The pages in this section are untitled. This gives freedom to create monthly, bi-monthly or seasonal lists. If you do a lot of gardening and food preservation, title the page, Summer Projects. Then make a list of things you want to freeze or preserve. As each food project is completed, you can enjoy the pleasure of crossing it off the list. Or if in the month of January you wish to sew, title the page, January Tasks, then make a list of the individual garments. Other jobs can be added: order seeds, update the baby book, and so forth. To formulate weekly tasks, transfer information from this section to the weekly pages. Check the Monthly Calendar for upcoming events so you will be able to comfortably arrange the week’s activities.

PROJECTS AND EVENTS

The Projects and Events section is for occasions that need more space for writing. If planning a baby shower or a family gathering, keep that information in your planner and have it handy for a quick reference. Again these are untitled for flexibility.

INFORMATION

The information section is for phone numbers and addresses needed temporarily. When placing orders, jot the number down so if it requires more then one phone call, it will save you the time of looking up the phone number again.This is a good place to write addresses for a card shower or the information for the eye specialist.

SHOPPING LISTS

The Shopping Lists maybe used as comprehensive shopping lists or as a central location to write the items needed for upcoming events, projects or menus. A running shopping list helps to make the best of a trip to town, whether it is planned or unexpected. The lists are perforated for your convenience.

MY PLANNER, MY FRIEND

Consult your planner often. At first it may feel like a new shoe, stiff at the beginning, but the more it is used, the more you will like it. When scheduling, balance home responsibilities with other obligations to create a realistic schedule that is best just for today. It is typical to veer from a daily plan when urgent matters arise, but a written plan will refresh the memory and keep our focus on what is most important.

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