|This is how I feel most of the time.|
|What I am sure my children say to each other before I get home from work.|
This is how my card file looks:
The designer in me is cringing because this is old and not as cute as I want it to look.
The inside has a little divider for each day of the month, like so:
As each day ends, I move the dated divider into the back of the numbers (so that they are constantly rotated into the correct order for the rest of the month).
Inside "today's" divider, I have my white daily tasks.
These are broken down to as basic as you can get. This is what works for me. I imagine some of you don't need cards to remind you to "get dressed, brush teeth, and put makeup on," but for me, it's nice to have a reminder of what's next in my day... otherwise noon will roll around and I might have *forgotten* that small detail of my day. He he
As I complete each task, I pull it out
and then move it to the correct spot for tomorrow, so it'll be ready to go for me when I wake up tomorrow.
I go through all, or as many, of my daily tasks in this fashion. Typically, this is a good portion of my morning (including a 30 minute Internet break, he he) and a little of my evening time. It seems a little micromanaged, but I need this to get on track during certain periods of my life. It kind of "thinks" for me, so I don't have to think of what I need to do next.
Each day of my week has different things allotted for it. Some days are for more cleaning (I have moderate and heavy cleaning days, because there is no way I'm going to end up cleaning all day long!) and some are for doing other stuff.
No matter what, the white cards have to be done every day- they are the absolute necessities I have for running my household.
These orange cards are for the "extra" things that need to be done on a weekly basis.
On Mondays, or sometimes the weekend, I look at my plans for the week and go ahead and slip these orange cards in on the days that I think they will work best (in the moderate or heavy cleaning days). I try to keep tasks in the same room together on the same days (like, dust master bedroom, sweep & mop master bedroom). I used to work by task (doing all the dusting on the same day), but I like that I can completely clean at least one room and feel like I've accomplished some small miracle.
I've got other cards that are for monthly tasks and seasonal tasks (like: monthly- clean out magazine rack; seasonal- wash windows & dust ceiling fans) that I try to fit in too.
To sum that all up: it works for me. You have to find a system that works for you. I discovered over the past few years that I get overwhelmed by seeing all the stuff I have to do and I pretty much just give up, so seeing one small task at a time really helps.
If I don't get through all of it- I know that I at least accomplish a few things each day, and that's better than nothing.
(Caveat: do I do this all the time? Heck no. I go through phases where I'm really gung-ho and then phases where I feel like I've got things under control and then phases where I am sick and pregnant and it all goes to h-e-double hockey sticks in a hand basket. Just FYI.) :)