Welcome to week four of the SAHM Lifehack series! We are talking SAHM schedules. If you are new, you might want to start at the beginning.
Last week I mentioned that I believe in three degrees of SAHM schedules: concrete, medium, and loose.
A concrete SAHM schedule breaks down a day by hours or smaller increments. I am not the right person to discuss a concrete schedule – but wonderful blogs explaining detailed SAHM schedules are out there.
After considering my family’s needs and personalities, medium and loose schedules work for us. Today I’m going to share loose schedules.
A loose schedule divides your SAHM day into half – morning and afternoon. (Evening too if that is what you need).
I used a loose SAHM schedule when I first became a SAHM and when I had a newborn. I will revert to this sort of schedule if I have an ill child or an emergency situation – flooded basement or broken furnace.
For a loose schedule, decide what needs to happen in the morning and the afternoon. For me, this was the loose outline:
Morning: unload dishwasher, breakfast, snack, kid activity, laundry.
Afternoon: lunch, finish dishwasher, activity/ tv, start dinner.
That’s it. I set out a schedule that would enable me to accomplish my biggest goals and feel accomplished. I kept the house running, but not massively put together. I used the weekends and extra husband help to vacuum, scrub floors, etc.
The loose SAHM schedule did not have specifics because I was busy with the demands of a newborn and learning the new “normal” that happens with a new family member.
Because I was accomplishing something, I felt empowered to move to a medium SAHM schedule, which is what we will cover next week.
Do you have a loose schedule? How does it work for you?
As always, I’m over at Thrifty Thursday too! Come join me!
Read week five next.