Menial Task // Life management systems Research
Here is how Kate Van Fleet manages her schedule:
|7:00 a.m.||Everyone up. The girls get dressed and meet me in the bathroom for teeth and hair.|
|7:15 a.m.||Kids eat breakfast. I pack lunches and backpacks. I'm not a big breakfast person, so I'll wait and eat something after my two older girls head to the bus stop, or just stick a granola bar or an apple in my purse for after the gym.|
|7:30 a.m.||Winter gear on.|
I use color-coding, so each girl has supplies, folders, and gear in her color. It's easier to keep track of things this way and to travel, which we do often. I always know that pink is Mariah, for example.
|7:45 a.m.||Older girls head to the bus stop. Sometimes my husband, Chad, walks with them; sometimes they walk with a neighbor.|
|8:00 a.m.||Get my youngest dressed and ready.|
|8:15 a.m.||I get dressed for the gym.|
|8:30 a.m.||Winter gear on, leave for preschool.|
|8:45 a.m.||Preschool drop-off.|
|9:00 a.m.||Gym for me.|
|10:30 a.m.||I shower and get dressed.|
|11:15 a.m.||Preschool pickup.|
|11:45 a.m.||Lunch for me and my youngest.|
|12:00 to 2:00 p.m.||Chores for me. Playtime for my daughter.|
I have a chore schedule for myself, so I do whatever needs to be done. My daughter will play in the sink with soapy water and utensils while I clean the kitchen, or she'll help with chores (she likes to sweep the floors or dust). She'll give her bath toys a wash while I clean the bathroom. We love music, so we often blare kids' tunes and sing.
|2:00 to 3:30 p.m.||Errands around town or a trip to the park, depending on the weather.|
|3:45 p.m.||Pick up my older daughters at the bus stop.|
I have a snack basket in the pantry filled with healthy stuff like raisins, granola bars, freeze-dried fruit, rice cakes, fruit snacks, and fruit leather. When they ask (for the hundredth time!) for a snack, they can get whatever they want out of the basket. Then I'm not making snacks all day. We keep the kid-friendly refrigerated snacks in a certain shelf in the fridge, too.
|4:15 p.m.||Kids do chores and homework according to age: picking up toys, straightening their rooms, emptying the trash, setting the table, and packing for the weekend (if we're going to visit friends and family or to our cottage).|
I want to give my girls a sense of pride, accomplishment, and achievement – of working hard and reaping your rewards. I want them to know that Chad and I are so proud of them for contributing to our household, and that they're an important part of our fantastic family.
|5:00 p.m.||Make dinner.|
|5:30 p.m.||Eat dinner. I cook every night and we always eat as a family. It's very important to us. I want to instill in my children the importance of a strong home life: dinners together where everyone gets to talk about their day and is heard.|
|6:00 p.m.||Activities (ballet, Girl Scouts, or gymnastics, depending on the night).|
It's a logistical tangle! Sometimes the girls have different activities in different places at the same time. My husband and I divide and conquer. Each girl has a little tote bag in the car filled with crayons, stickers, paper, and a snack to keep her busy if she has to wait for her sister to finish a class or activity. I have some moms I can trust, and we help with carpooling or watching each other's kids from time to time.
|7:30 p.m.||Bath or showers for the girls. I lay out clothes for the morning.|
|8:00 p.m.||In bed with books. We read aloud to the younger two, but Violet reads chapter books to herself every night as part of her homework.|
|8:30 p.m.||Lights out for the kids. My husband I get to relax. We save this time for us – we'll watch a movie or play video games, or I'll read and he'll watch TV.|
|11:00 p.m.||Bedtime for adults.|
There is a lot of technology at work here but it isn't specifically lined out. If there isn't, there surely could be some to help. Calendars are very important. I have not used this system yet. I recently purchased a white board with a calendar on it and have started writing our schedule on that, along with meal plans and that has helped a lot.
During my research I found Ben Franklin's schedule and found it to be really helpful and interesting
considering altering it a bit and trying it out myself. will be back with more later.