I don’t know about you but I always function better when I write stuff down. Some people I know do their five most important things list before they go to bed so they can hit the ground running in the morning, others like to do it in the morning. I personally like to do it over a nice,
massive large cup of hot coffee, in the morning before my kids wake up. There is something very calming about putting my list of things to do on paper and physically seeing what all needs to be done. Whether or not I follow the list is a different story – but hey at least my thoughts are organized for the day!
I’ve also started doing To-Do lists with my kids. They would get home from school and it was
mayhem a struggle from 4:00 when they got home till 7:30 when they went to bed. So I thought (why did it take me so long to try this?!?!) why not give them a list “to-do” when they got home? It’s consists of all the activities that need to be done before supper. Life has been so much more peaceful! Below is the free printable of the blank sheet I use.
They come in the door and there’s no race to the TV and fighting over the remote anymore. Once they are in the house they know that the first thing “to-do” is have a snack. If my wonderful cherubs don’t eat when they get home they change into very cranky cherubs and the drama escalates to reality TV proportions. Then from there it’s just practical, age appropriate chores and activities that need to be done. I find they have a sense of accomplishment when they do finish something on the list and check it off. So far it’s been a win-win change in our routine!
I slide the blank sheet into a page protector and then use dry-erase markers to write their lists out. Saves trees – and my sanity!! I’m starting to put a family binder together so stay tuned for what else will be included!