By now you should have 2-3 sentences that outline your general Vision statements or objectives as a family, and taken a look at your activities to make sure they align with those objectives. You have also identified the amount of sleep each member in your family needs, and developed a start and end time to your day by identifying a bedtime and rise time (and nap times) for each member of your family.
Make a list of all of the activities in your day – include activities that would be found under any family member that you are scheduling. For example, a nap might be on the baby’s schedule, but probaly not on yours (unfortunately!) So you would include nap on your overall list. Also include on this list not only what you ARE doing, but what you WISH you (or another family member) were doing. For example, maybe you would like your oldest to have their own Bible devotions, or maybe you would like to have your child learn the piano, etc. We are just brainstorming a list. You do not have to worry about when you will do the activity, how you will fit it in, what time of the day to do it, or anything like that! Just make a list for each activity! You will want to be detailed. Instead of just saying go to bed, you might want to list bathtime, brushing teeth, etc as separate activities. If you homeschool, you may want to list school subjects separately (math, spelling, science, etc.).
The FANTASTIC NEWS IS……..wait for it……...I have created an excel spreadsheet that will make the entire scheduling process SO MUCH EASIER FOR YOU! (In fact, I wish I had developed it this way the first time I did my schedule, but live and learn…)
If you have already downloaded my schedule in the past, this is totally different – it will pre-populate a drop-down fields as you go – saving you lots of time! The final schedule will be broken down into 30 minute increments. But promise me you won’t skip ahead – only complete the Activity list tab today. We will move onto the other tabs next week! I have pre-populated the Activity list with some basic activities you might find in your home. You can add to, or modify this list to reflect your unique family!
DOWNLOAD THE FREE SCHEDULE WORKBOOK HERE!!! (This is a Microsoft Excel File)
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Day 3: Establishing a Beginning and End
Just wanted to say thank you for all the information and sharing you do. I have one 6yo daughter and we are in our 2nd yr of CC. I am one of the most unorganized people and I am trying to do the Family Schedule with you!
Hi Kathy! So glad you are joining in! Let me know how it goes! Blessings,
Elisabeth Johnson says
Thank you for this amazing resource. I started it last year and never was able to finish the process. I am starting it up again and have the time this year to make a clean schedule a reality for our family. I have always had a schedule but I like your thorough method.
I am just wondering if I am doing something wrong with the drop down menu option in the scheduling. I am able to see all the options in Name #1, but can not see all of them in the other names unless the name before it has that in their menu. I am scheduling for multiple people and there are some acitivies that only a couple people have in their schedule. Maybe I have missed something in the concept, becuase I don't think everything will fit into 24 hours if they only do the activity once or twice a week. Help!