Creating a daily schedule for your family is perhaps the biggest key in having the sort of day when all the wheels don’t fall off the bus.
No day is ever going to go exactly according to plan, because that’s life, but, starting with a schedule helps more things go the way you’d like.
Jennifer Roskamp, owner and blogger of The Intentional Mom, shares three important tips to keep in mind when creating a family schedule.
1. Work in time blocks
A good schedule should include a start time and an end time. This is a basic time block. It’s the same basic idea as a scheduled class or lunch hour in school. Everyone always needs to know when something starts and when it ends.
2. Let everyone know what they are to be doing during each time block.
With kids, it’s a basic “these things are acceptable & needed during this time….and these things are not.” If you’ve got kids with schoolwork to do at home, assigning schoolwork into basic scheduling time blocks is a great way to help your kids get their work done in a timely way - & they’ll need to learn how to do this in their lives as adults - it’s a great training opportunity for your kids.
3. Leave white space
Leave yourself some wiggle room in your schedule. Things will come up, things will take longer than planned. Literally have 20-30 minutes of white space a few times during your day. That way when things don’t go according to plan, you don’t have the stress of being behind nearly as often.