Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I recently bought the book Steady Days. I have really enjoyed it. As a stay at home mom, I know this is my profession for now. I want to be intentional with my days, focusing on the goals I have for me and my girls. This book is written in short chapters with some practical tips that are easy to apply.
The biggest one I took away for now is the "Steady Days Binder."
(Now I have to share that as soon as I showed this binder to Dennis he smiled and said, "You are too much," He doesn't understand my need to plan, form lists, organize my time. But he loves me still).
The first section has our schedule for the day. As totally rigid and planned as this looks we keep things pretty flexible. Obviously I don't have control over everything (although lately, if I could have one superpower it would be to get the girls to sleep at the snap of my fingers). So, this is just an outline. Part of the point is to get me into the habit of doing this like exercise. I have it fit into the day so it is easier to make it happen.
Then a weekly planner. I plan out my weeks on Sunday so that's when I fill this out. Places for dinner plans, work plans, exercise and a weekly to-do list.
A commissary (grocery) list. I can write down things as they come up and then just grab the list and go.And a place for memories...to record the little stories I tell and people say, "you need to write these down." The binder just stays in the kitchen so it's right at my fingertips as soon as one of the girls does something cute.
I'm going to add a list of our go to dinners to make meal planning easier. Probably some other stuff too as I think of it or need it.
I bought some cute letter stickers to give this binder a name. I just haven't come up with anything I like yet. Any ideas?
Oh, and on another note, I made a schedule for our day to hang up in the house. I remembered from working in preschools how important prediction and routine is for this age (and I love a good routine myself). It's been great. Elyse can go look and see what's next.