To-Do-Lists

I for one am a big fan of to-do-lists because they help me to remain focused. When I see everything crossed off at the end of the day it give me a sense of accomplishment.

Each person has their own method, but I’d like to share what works for me. Keep in mind that the main thing to having a succesful day is not the perfect to-do-list. It is allowing God to lead and direct you.

I have had to, on many occasions, put the list down and spend the day rolling around on the floor with my children,lying in bed with my husband or in prayer with the Lord. The main key is being open and flexible to allowing God to order your steps.

Prayer and surrender is what led me to began using the following method. I prayed and asked God to help me do the job that he has asked me to do which is to keep the home. No one taught me how to be a homemaker growing up, so I’ve learned to depend on the Lord and He hasn’t failed me yet. Try Him and see if He won’t do the same for you.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:4-6

THE SET UP

My to-do-list is broken down into topics which consist of household chores, errands, home school and requests from husband. My To-Do-List is limited to 6 items or less. If there is anything else that needs to be done it will become the basis for the next day’s list. Once I am done with the six things on my list, that’s it. I don’t create a new list for that day. My number is six yours may be more or even less, but you have to find what works for you. With practice I have learned that I can get six significant things done each day that will allow me to do my housework affectively but still have energy to facilitate the other facets of my life such as being a wife, mom and friend.

So the first things that I put on my list are the daily chores. I mop and sweep all floors on Mondays, so on Monday that would be first on my list. Next are the quarterly chores, which is usually one task such as change AC filters or clean fan blades. I don’t always have a daily chore or quarterly chore. For instance, on Wednesday’s the only daily chores are to bring the trash can to the back of the house which is a chore that belongs to my children. So I can use this open slot to work on a hobby or I can use it to catch up on another homemaking task such as preparing a freezer meal or doing an extra load of laundry for the week. This leads me to the next thing that I add to the list.

At this point I have listed my daily and quarterly jobs. Now, I will add things that I see needs attention. This portion of the list is usually reserved for tasks that will accomplish a future goal. For example if it is Friday I’ll add something that pertains to preparing for church on Sunday such as washing and styling the girls hair or marinating the meat for Sunday dinner.

This portion of my To-Do List helps to prevent me from being overloaded with work when Sunday arrives. Each day I try and complete at least one task that will make my job easier in the future.

Here’s a look at my typical to-do-list so far…

1. Daily Job
2. Quarterly Job
3. Needs Attention

Below is what my list would look like on Thursday’s. It looks like this because I have two ‘Daily Jobs’ which are to sweep kitchen and dust furniture in one room.

1. Daily Job
2. Daily Job
3. Quarterly Job
4. Needs Attention

Now, I ask my husband is there anything that he would like for me to do or him. Some may put their husband’s requests first on the list; I’ve listed my jobs first because I know them in advance because I have been doing them for so long.

His wishes come before or somewhere in the midst of my tasks simply depending upon the urgency of his need. He usually doesn’t need for me to do much. He’ll say something like “Can you take out my gym clothes for this evening?” or ask me to be sure that his work pants are clean, which is usually already done. So this is an easy “To-Do” for the most part.

So this is my list so far…

1. Daily Job
2. Quarterly Job
3. Needs Attention
4. Husbands Needs

The last two slots are usually reserved for me and the kids. One slot is reserved for me to carry out my own personal to-do and the other is for me to carry out one of their personal to-do. The kids need’s will consist of solicited and unsolicited needs. An example of a solicited need would be my daughter asking me to wash and style her hair in the middle of the week, and an unsolicited would be me taking my son to the doctor once a week for his allergy shot.

So this is what my list looks like now…

1. Daily Job
2. Quarterly Job
3. Needs Attention
4. Husbands Needs
5. My Needs
6. Kids Needs

Do you make to-do-lists?

Of all of the many things that need to be done, how do you decide what get’s put on the list?

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Comments

  1. Mrs Nespy says

    I constantly am making lists…at home, for travel, honey-do lists, to do lists at work, etc. I can’t live without them…and I never forget anything when we travel (no matter how often husband makes fun of me!). =)

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  2. Nina says

    Your list makes great sense Hadias, and it’s simple to understand. I’ve read whole books on homemaking and organizing that just end up making me feel overwhelmed. I know I’ll never develop a habit for complex systems — my attention span is too short. But your list seems very doable. I assume you leave off the list, things you do everyday like make beds, wash dishes, etc.?

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  3. Kelli says

    I’m a list maker and love looking at the way others organize their time. I really like your system!
    Kelli
    P.s Thank you for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway!

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