Make A Plan: One Week At A Time

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Make a plan, then make that plan happen.

Here’s my plan for this week:

School:

  • Six pieces of class work due by Saturday at midnight.  I work Monday, so I did a little on Sunday, and am trying to get everything done before Saturday. I don’t want to be up til midnight again like this past Saturday

Work:

  • I picked up a a shift on Monday and planned a slow cooker meal to avoid the need to eat out.

Kids: 

  • Cub scouts
  • Dental appointment with all three kids (help!) followed by kindergarten registration for Miss E .
  • One medical appointment
  • Dance class
  • Miss E and I see a show at the Victoria Saturday
  • It’s supposed to be beautiful this week, with temps up to 70 even. I want to hit the park at least once and do water play on the deck.

 

Home:

  • If the house stays cleans, the laundry gets done, and the floor gets swept and mopped this week, I am calling it a win.
  • I need to find out the process for requesting approval of our intended play set from our homeowner’s association.
  • I have a few things I want to post on Ebay.

 

Blog:

  • I went through a couple chapters of Elite Blog Academy over the past week, took notes, and need to start working on implementing a few things. I’m going to try working on one per week.
  • I have a couple posts to write.

 

Health/Fitness:

  • I have massage therapy this week.
  • I plan on walking on the treadmill 6 days this week.

Downtime:

  • It’s my birthday this week! I have one appointment on my birthday, but the girls will be at the sitter’s and the boy at school. I signed up for a few birthday freebies and plan on hitting First Watch for a free entree, Arby’s for a free sandwich, use a $10 off coupon at Kohl’s (no minimum purchase), and then will make a nice dinner with bacon (one of the few meats I like), my favorite cookies, and a soup I want to try. Otherwise I am having a day “off”, with no planned school work, blog work, or house work. I’m going to watch the copy of Mr Holmes I borrowed from the library and do some reading.
  • I am reading Playborhood, a book I got through the inter-library loan service. My husband and I are always complaining that kids don’t run around the neighborhood and knock on each others’ doors anymore. It’s about getting your kids to “spend less time in front of screens and in adult-supervised activities, and more time engaging in joyful neighborhood play.”
  • On Sunday we are eating at the Olive Garden with an aunt, and I have my birthday coupon for a free dessert.
  • If you are interested in birthday freebies, there are a million more places you can sign up. I usually use this list from the Frugal Girls. I don’t need to sign up for more though- I have plenty of extra calories already from the ones I have.

 

What’s your plan for your week?

Make A Plan: One Week At A Time

Frugal SteppingStones.com

This post contains affiliate links.

Make a plan, then make that plan happen.

Here’s my plan for this week:

School:

Six pieces of class work due by Saturday at midnight.  I work Thursday/Friday, so it will have to be mostly completed Monday through Wednesday

I have to submit more completed assignments with an explanation of how they meet my master’s requirements to my school. I submitted two so far and will need to do another this week. I am doing this Sunday once again.

Work:

I picked up a shifts on Thursday and Friday. That means dinner plans are simple and easy.

Kids: 

This week we have: Cub scouts, dance, and an evening meeting for parents of next year’s kindergarten class. I have to return videos to the library by Saturday, and will pick up new ones when I go. This week we watched the Theory of Everything, Terminator: Genisys, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Spring is around the corner, and I have a new Pinterest board with my spring bucket list. I want to do this blue bird craft with the girls this week. We may have a few days in the high 50s this week, which means I’ll let them do water play on the deck.

For Saturday afternoon, I gave my ticket to see Newsies to my sister and will be finishing up my week’s homework. I’m going to try a couple new dishes, including lemon bars for dessert. We’ll then watch a movie from the library.

Home:

Last week I purged my daughters’ clothes (they really have too many). I am doing the same with shoes, and have posted a few pairs on Ebay. I am getting quite the paper pile on my desk, and need to tackle that task too. I hope to take a load of books to Half Price Books or try selling some on Amazon this week as well, depending on how quickly I work through my homework.

I will have to plan a menu, plan my grocery run, hit the library, and hit the stores on Saturday morning. 

Blog:

I pre-write and schedule posts as much as I can. I wrote five posts on Sunday. I just need to continue to add to my ongoing Frugal Steps and Stumbles.

Good news! I now have a blogroll page. Feel free to check it out. I use feedly to manage my blog subscriptions, and I’ve listed most of the finance blogs I read regularly.

I never got around to working on the hosting for my second website I am planning. I messed up and forgot that I had work due in both my classes, until one of my classmates mentioned it. Cue some major scrambling and a couple late nights getting it done. We’ll see how this week goes.

Health/Fitness:

If I don’t schedule it in, it will never happen. I walk almost every day on my treadmill desk without fail. I plan on getting up and hitting the treadmill desk every morning like I usually do, and lift weights while watching TV during the evening Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I made it happen every day last week and lost another 1.5 pounds.

Downtime:

Friday evening is family movie night as usual. Saturday night we plan on repeating that, since it’s yet another rare unplanned weekend, and my school work load this session is especially heavy.

I’ve not been very good giving myself some winding down time every night, though I did finish my book. I have been snapping awake at 4 am every morning, so I’ve decided to try and wind down with something more peaceful. I’ve practiced Buddhist meditation for over 20 years, and I a have started rereading a favorite, Awakening The Buddha Within, right before bed.

What’s your plan for your week?

Make A Plan: One Week at a Time

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Make a plan, then make that plan happen.

Here’s my plan for this week:

School:

Four pieces of class work due by Saturday at midnight.  One piece is group work and I am dependent on a partner, so I won’t be able to fully complete until Saturday morning.  Another assignment is easy- HIPAA and confidentiality forms. I already did those on Sunday. I worked ahead and completed the other two assignments on Monday, so I only have to worry about the group work.

I have to submit more completed assignments with an explanation of how they meet my master’s requirements to my school. I submitted my resume last week as the first assignment. This week I need to submit a second assignment I completed in my first master’s class. I am doing this Sunday.

Work:

I picked up a a half shift for Wednesday and two full shifts on Thursday and Friday. If our volume is high, I could end up working later. I am repeating from last week: Dinner Plan A is throwing potatoes in the oven at 4 o’clock. Plan B is bologna or cheese sandwiches. No takeout!

Kids: 

This week we have: Cub scouts, dance, and one doctor appointment. I have to return videos to the library by Friday.

 

On Saturday afternoon, I am planning an at-home date night. I planned a tea party menu and am trialing an old fashioned sugar cake in our cast iron pan. We’ll then watch a movie from the library.

Home:

 

I didn’t post anything on Ebay last week as I planned. I don’t think I will be doing that this week, thanks to my work schedule.

I have the usual chores: bathroom, mopping, pester children to do chores, laundry. Spring is coming and I need to look at 3T clothes in the basement for the toddler.

I will have to plan a menu, plan my grocery run, and hit the stores on Saturday morning. I will probably do the planning tomorrow.

Blog:

I pre-write and schedule posts as much as I can. I wrote five posts on Sunday. I just need to continue to add to my ongoing Frugal Steps and Stumbles.

I have a few upkeep things I need to do as well, like add a blogroll page. This is still leftover from last week! I have been procrastinating on this for weeks.

I never got around to working on the hosting for my second website I am planning. I hope to finally get to that Sunday. Because my husband was still sick all week, I didn’t have as much time and it got kicked to the bottom of the triage list.

Health/Fitness:

If I don’t schedule it in, it will never happen. I walk almost every day on my treadmill desk without fail. I plan on getting up and hitting the treadmill desk every morning like I usually do, and lift weights while watching TV during the evening Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I made it happen every day last week and lost 2.5 pounds.

I get massage therapy for my arthritis every other week, and this is my week on. Yippee!

Downtime:

Friday evening is family movie night. Saturday night we plan on repeating that, since it’s a rare unplanned weekend. Sunday is designated for doing enjoyable things, like writing. I have been taking time to read every night after I put the girls to bed. I just finished reading the book The Source (a fun story about a family of witches in Savannah), and now I have started reading Orange Is the New Black.  This is the book the TV show is based on, and I am finding it very interesting to read about the real stories of Red, Big Boo, and other characters on the show. Let’s just say, the show embellishes the book a bit, but the real stories are just as interesting and heartbreaking.

What’s your plan for your week?

Make A Plan: One Week At A Time

Frugal SteppingStones.com

Make a plan, then make that plan happen.

I am starting the third of seven class sessions in my grad school program. The credit hours are increasing, as is the amount of work. I’m starting to stress out, so that means I’m going to have to plan my weeks very carefully to make sure I have uninterrupted time blocked out throughout the week.

I know our default can be eating out when thinks get busy or work/school takes longer than expected, so each week needs a good Plan B, or we will be spending more money than needed.  This past weekend was a prime example. I wish I’d had a freezer meal ready when we got sick with family visiting.

My school-week starts each Tuesday. Most weeks I will have either Research or Ethics class, but two weeks of this 10-week session I will have double-duty, with work due in each class. I know my Research class ends with a huge 20 page paper, and I am supposed to be thinking ahead to this time next year, and thinking of a quantitative research project to do for my master’s thesis. It’s important, therefore, that I really take my time with this class work.

What you see here is similar to what I keep in my To-Do Word document, an ongoing and ever changing checklist that helps me balance the dozens of plates I have to keep in the air. If you ever wondered how I can do so many things, this is it: make a plan, then make that plan happen.

Here’s my plan for this week:

School:

Six pieces of class work due by Saturday at midnight. My husband stayed home sick Tuesday thanks to recovery from the awful stomach bug from Hades, and I sequestered myself in our bedroom working on school work. I was able to finish all six, and only need to respond to classmates’ posts throughout the week. I will do this on Friday morning. My plan B would have been to spend Saturday morning doing my homework.

I have a scholarship I would like to apply to, and need to pull that together this week. I will work on this Thursday.

I have additional work too, though. I have to submit several completed assignments with an explanation of how they meet my master’s requirements to my school. I need to start with submitting my resume this week as the first assignment. I’ve slated this for Thursday.

Work:

I picked up a shift for today, and it’s my only one for this week. If our volume is high, I could end up working later. Dinner Plan A is throwing potatoes in the oven at 4. Plan B is bologna or cheese sandwiches. No takeout!

I am also trying to get reimbursed for my December internet- $50- and need to follow up with my manager about that.

Kids: 

Cub scouts Tuesday, but we skipped it to avoid spreading the virus around in case it was still contagious. Everyone was better and eating somewhat, but who wants to take a chance?

Dance for the preschooler Thursday, which means I have to get her birthday dinner on the table early, by 5 PM. I’ll need to be done with my tasks for the day by 4 pm.

We have a slumber party Friday evening for my son and his friend. I’ll need to use the bread machine twice that day to make pizza dough and cinnamon rolls. The dough takes 90 minutes, so I need to have it in by 330. I also need to make cookies, which I can do while the dough is rising.

On Saturday afternoon, I am taking our daughter E to a children’s theater. We will come back home by 6 and dinner will be needed. I plan on using up some things in the pantry to make Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, so that means it will need to be prepped and in the fridge before we go. I will probably do this around lunch time.

Home:

I know people who have spotless and well organized homes, but I am not one of them. I settle for clean enough. My kids are responsible for picking up their toys, putting their clothes away, and cleaning the bathrooms. We had illness this week, so I needed to do a once-over myself to make sure it was sanitary again. I will probably be bleaching the bathrooms on my lunch break today now that everyone is well.

Our children are spoiled by family, and we have an overwhelming amount of stuff. I am working on giving/selling the stuff we no longer need. At some point I want to finish our basement, and that means going through the Mt Everest piles in the basement. I want to post at least 3 things on Ebay/FB groups this week.

I will have to plan a menu, plan my grocery run, and hit the stores on Saturday morning. I will probably do the planning tonight.

Blog:

I pre-write and schedule posts as much as I can. I usually add to a draft of Frugal Steps and Stumbles all week, and do a final edit on Friday nights. That lets me avoid relying on a faulty memory. I will need to do a final edit Friday night, and write my grocery trip and menu plan posts. I will also need to be thinking ahead about next week’s posts. I try and do the research and writing for them on Sunday.

I have a few upkeep things I need to do as well, like add a blogroll page.

I want to go through my Elite Blog Academy coursework again to generate some ideas, but I don’t think I will have time this week. If I do, it will be on Sunday. (If you are interested in the course, registration opens next Tuesday, on February 22nd).

I have a second website I have been planning, and I need to finalize my decision on hosting by Friday.

Health/Fitness:

If I don’t schedule it in, it will never happen. I walk almost every day on my treadmill desk without fail. Yesterday, I got my walk in before I hunkered down to do my school work. Today is a preschool day, and I am working, so I start work at 9. I got my son on the bus at 8, and hopped on the treadmill until right before 9, when I had to drop my daughter off at school and get the toddler to the sitter. It takes me all of 10 minutes round trip to drop off both girls, since preschool and the sitter are in the neighborhood. This grants me precious time for other things.

On non-work days, like the rest of the week, I let my girls watch PBS Kids for an hour every morning after getting my son on the bus so I can hit the treadmill. Some may cry foul that I let them watch TV for an hour, but I figure Daniel Tiger can’t rot their brains too much, and I need to take care of myself. If I do it first thing, it is done, and we can spend the rest of the day playing and doing chores. Sometimes we go to the Y, but I know myself well; it’s freezing cold and I have no motivation to schlep two kids across an icy parking lot. I walk first thing Saturday morning while everyone else is still sleeping.

On days I lift weights, we use the You Tube Roku app on the TV, and they usually do it with me. I will probably only do weights Wednesday and Friday this week.

Downtime:

This is just as important. I like to leave Friday evenings open for family movie night. Sunday is designated for doing enjoyable things, like writing, watching a movie or outdoor time if it’s nice, and reading. I try and leave one weekday as a low-pressure home day, generally on a Tuesday or Thursday when there is no preschool. This week our “bum” day was Tuesday for the kids, while I did school work, and Thursday will be a “bum” day for me, where I will do writing work or simple cleaning chores at home and avoid errands out.

How much do you plan your week?