I try not to cook, if I can help it, on Sundays. Sunday is our leftover day where I pull out all of the leftovers out of the refrigerator. The refrigerator gets cleaned out, and I get a break. Double bonus! You can read more about how I do Sunday leftovers here.
One thing I have started doing this year is to do about 5-10 minutes of planning in my planner for the upcoming week. It has helped me tremendously.
I started doing this some time ago, because within a 6 month period I forgot two scheduled appointments as well as a few minor things which were not a huge deal. However, I felt horrible. I remember my husband answered the phone one time when a doctor called to confirm an appointment I had for the next day. I remember my husband saying, "If she said she would be there at that time, you can count on her to be there."
I felt blessed that he knew I was reliable. I felt like the wife in Proverbs 31:11a which says, "The heart of her husband trust in her..." The truth was at that time I was putting out fires, and I was feeling overwhelmed by life. I knew I had to get a hold of my schedule. It was not like me to be unreliable. I was listing the appointments in my calendar, but not looking at my schedule often enough.
I started doing what I call Sunday planning. Every Sunday, usually in the evening, I get out my planner and open it to the next week. This is what I check and write on my calendar for the week.
- Write down standing appointments which are the same every week such as Bible studies, sports practices, lessons, youth group, etc.
- Take note of previously scheduled appointments I have written down such as haircuts, dental or doctor's appointments.
- Fill in work schedule and what days I will be working.
- Write down exercise plans when there is extra time in the schedule making sure to leave enough time for the workout, driving time, and a shower after, if needed.
- Write down miscellaneous items such as coffee dates with friends or a date night with a spouse.
- Make notes of jobs which need to be done during the week such as checking on an insurance quote, calling about a bill, mending a shirt, an errand to run, or a credit card to cancel. Anything that needs to be done during the week can be written in a separate notebook or on the side of your calendar. My calendar has a column on the right side to list notes. Anything I don't get done in my notes sections just gets transferred to the next week or crossed off if it no longer is necessary.
- Ask family members about any forgotten items such as a band concert or plans they have with friends where you might have to transport them.