Last time we talked about A Clean Life, we worked on creating our Morning and Evening Routines. Now it’s time to give some thinky-thoughts to those things that need to be done once or twice per week. These are the things that don’t need to be done frequently enough to make it to our daily routines…but they need to be tended too often enough that they should definitely be set on “repeat.”
Creating a Weekly Task schedule is super-simple!
Your Weekly Task List
The first step in getting your weekly tasks wrangled is to make a list of those things that need to be done once or twice per week…every week. As with pretty much everything in A Clean Life, those tasks will vary from person to person because we all have different (and lovely) situations and families and schedules. Sit down with your journal and make a list of things in your life that need to be done one or times per week. Just as an example, I’ll share my lists and schedules, but remember that these are just examples…my lists may include things you don’t need to do or leave off things that would be catastrophic for you to skip.
Okay, here are the things that have made their way to my Weekly Task list:
- Water the plants
- Cook weekly lunches
- Take the trash/recycling to the dump
- “Restock” bathrooms (Clean towels, toilet paper, hand soap…that sort of thing)
- Sort mail & pay bills
- Menu plan (More on this in a future post, I promise!)
- Grocery shopping/errands
- Clean out refrigerator
- Clean out purse/wallet
Your Weekly Task Schedule
Now that you have a list of tasks, it’s time to create a schedule.
Some items on your list will need to be taken care of on a particular day because of outside forces (for example, our local trash dump is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, so it’s necessary for me to take the trash on one of those days)…schedule those items first.
Once you’ve scheduled tasks that have “beyond your control” factors, split the rest of the tasks up among remaining days.
As usual, I’ll share my Weekly Task schedule…just so you can get an idea of how I split things up (for the most part, I split my tasks up by how much time they take):
Water Plants, Cook Weekly Lunches, & Restock Bathrooms
Dust & Take Trash
Sort Mail & Pay Bills
Menu Plan/Grocery List, Clean Refrigerator, Take Trash
Shopping/Errands, Clean Purse, & Restock Bathrooms
Other than the grocery shopping, these things only take a few minutes of active attention each day. (Cooking lunches obviously takes more than a few minutes, but I don’t have to actually stare at the chicken while it’s in the oven or anything.) 😉
Play to Your Strengths
You may notice that I choose not to mess with any of these things on the weekends (everything scheduled for Monday through Friday). I’m not great at getting housework and chores done when my family is wandering about the place, so I’ve stopped scheduling any housework or chores (other than my Morning & Evening Routines) on weekends. When you’re setting up your schedule, make sure your it works for you!
You could even schedule all of your tasks for one day of the week if you realistically have the time and no scheduling conflicts. For me, piling everything up on one day is bad news…I do much better with “little bites.” 🙂
The important thing is this: Work with yourself, not against yourself!
Your Homework: Plan Your Weekly Tasks
Open up your Clean Life journal (whatever you chose), and write down your list of tasks and your shiny new schedule for them.
Write them down.
Write. Them. Down.
Write. Them. Down.
And don’t forget that you’re awesome. Awesome!
The next step of A Clean Life will be posted on Wednesday (January 11), but I do hope you’ll join me before then to see some of the other shenanigans going on in my life…you just never know what I’ll be up to. 😉
You can catch up on previous Clean Life posts HERE.
Do you have a solid list of Weekly Tasks? Are you more of a “do everything in one day” sort of person or a “do a bit at a time” type? What’s your favorite “chore” that you do weekly? Least favorite? (My favorite? Watering the plants. Least favorite? Grocery shopping.) If you don’t already have a schedule for Weekly Tasks, do you think creating one will help your life flow a bit more smoothly? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
If you’re having trouble getting your Tasks planned, please feel free to ask for help! You can leave a comment here, email me at email@example.com, or drop me a message on Facebook. I promise I’ll be gentle. 🙂