Simplify your schedule: Working moms daily schedule
As a working mama, do you find yourself scrambling to get #allthethings done? Do you ever forget about tasks because they were not written down somewhere? If you are lacking joy and fulfillment because you are just barely getting by day to day, then you need a better routine. A working moms daily schedule will help you gain control over your to-do list, get intentional about what you put on your schedule, and help your whole family feel more in sync!
Kids thrive off of routine. I have heard this for a long time, but what I didn’t really understand until fairly recently is that I, even as an adult, also thrive off of routine. Possibly this is a personality quirk of mine, but I would venture to say that a lot of mamas out there have this same “quirk” as me. Since you are reading this, I would assume that you are thinking that you also need to get into some form of routine.
Well mama, you are in the right place!
You need an organized, set schedule
Let me start off by saying that this set schedule is not meant to make you feel like you are on a strict timeline and nothing can be fun. Matter of fact, a routine will help you carve out time for self care, fun with your kids, or just time to relax with a book all on a consistent basis. When was the last time you had a set plan for working out? I get it, really!
In order to intentionally make time for all of the things that you want to do after getting done with your to-do list, you need to be organized AND schedule it. That is where a planner or a schedule comes into play.
Take inventory of your to-do’s
In order to create your ideal schedule, you need to take inventory of what you do each week. Consider these questions and write them down in your free weekly schedule printable pdf under “Brainstorm your tasks”.
- Do you go to the grocery store, Target, or the market each week?
- How many times a week and what kind of self care would you like to schedule?
- Do you have to take the kids somewhere for sports, activities, or the like?
- How about date night, occasional tasks such as an oil change, or going to the library?
- Consider writing down a few fun activities that you want to do with the family all week. This could be going to the park or just playing outside.
- Do you need to clean any portion of the house, cook, or do other home maintenance projects?
In the “appointments” section, jot down all appointments that are coming up this week for yourself, your family members, or pets. These can be medical appointments, dog training appointments, parent teacher conferences and the like.
Now that you have taken inventory, it is time to get your daily schedule planned out!
Working mom daily schedule example
I want to give you an example of what my working mom daily schedule may look like. Take into consideration that I work from home and I have a 5 year old that attends school until 3pm only. That only means that I have a couple extra hours of non-working time as compared to a traditional 9-5 job.
For my week of inventory, I know that I need to get the following done and want to schedule in some fun stuff:
- Cook 4 times this week based off of meal plan
- Clean the bathrooms
- Vacuum and mop (weekend)
- Grocery shop
- Run to Target
- Drop off recycling
- Pay bills (weekend task)
- Go to the bank
- Work out 3-4 times
- Read 2 chapters minimum of a book
- Laundry each night
- Festival Friday night
- COSI Saturday
- Costco Saturday
Appointments this week:
- Mastermind Friday
- Meeting with client Wednesday
Scheduling each day for an intentional life
When I look at this inventory for the week, I know that I want to 1) not run errands every day 2) have some kind of fun time with my son each day 3) group items together that are either close by or are similar tasks (such as home tasks, errands, etc). If something comes up during the week, I can just add it to the list and schedule it in an appropriate day.
Just a side note, if you are struggling to get out of the door in the am, you need to get a better morning routine. I really can’t say enough about Money Saving Mom’s Make Over Your Mornings course. It is a small (and really inexpensive) course that will help you figure out what needs to get done each morning and what you want to get done each morning so that you can have a successful day!
- Starts the night before by picking out my clothes
- 6:15- wake up, get dressed and do makeup before going downstairs
- 6:35- take dogs outside for a short walk
- 6:50- fix breakfast for Little Mister and myself, pack his lunch, clean up the kitchen
- 7:25- make beds, brush teeth, fix hair (both mine and Little Mister’s). Let him play if there is time
- 7:55- putting on shoes, get in car, drive to school
- 8:40- back home, let dogs out, make coffee
- 9:00- get to work
- 2:45- work day ends, get ready to pick up Little Mister
- 3:15- pick up Little Mister, head to park for a jog and to let him play
- 4:15- drop off recycling, go to the bank, head home
- 4:45- cook dinner
- 5:30- eat dinner, clean up, nightly pick up, then free time
- 6:30- bath time, clean the bathroom, shower
- 7:00- bedtime routine, get Little Mister asleep by 7:30-8
- 8:00- fold 1 load of laundry then adult free time
- 10:00- bedtime
On my schedule, I will not write down all of the items that are “routine”. Things that we do every day no matter what are not necessary to put on your schedule. Just write down the items that need to be done that you don’t do on a daily basis. Here is an example of how I would fill out my daily schedule printable.
Some nights we do leftovers and those are the nights that I reserve for more substantial errands like groceries or for longer fun time like going to the pool.
Daily schedule template printable pdf
So, in order to have an organized schedule and get everything done that you need to as a working mom, it is imperative that you plan out your weekly demands, the self care things that you want to do and fun time with family all in one place. This daily schedule template printable pdf is just that place. I hope that it helps to guide you in being intentional about your daily activities and you will get more done!
I gave just a few spaces each day so that you are not tempted to over schedule yourself each day. If you are an overachiever, then it really helps to have the visual reminder to slow down and not put so many expectations on yourself each day. *slowly raises hand* Yes, I am a chronic overachiever so if you are too, I get you!