LJSkool has a pretty active Facebook page and when I find something to share with our awesome readers they let me know by commenting. I love interacting with everybody especially when a healthy sense of humor is injected. Because, face it, life without laughing is just too much work. When I posted a link to the system that millionaires use to keep their daily activities straight, and completed, one mom’s comment had me spitting my coffee and belly rolling.
Basically, it’s putting everything on the schedule in 15 minute increments. I do mean e-ve-ry-thing goes on the daily calendar. Otherwise, it simply gets pushed off right into the dumpster. This is a great plan for kids and adults who have ADHD. We have a problem with Executive Functioning anyway. If we time block our day that will make it easier to know what to do and when.
Tracey’s response was that’s fine and dandy for millionaires but not for busy moms.
Tracey’s Response to the Millionaires don’t use to-do lists article
“My favorite line is, “Third, schedule everything.”
Hahahahahahaha! Oh, I’m sorry. They were serious. What would that look like?
No, Johnny, I will not let you highjack my day with your “urgent” dirty diaper. Diapers are every other hour, on the quarter hour. I’ll pencil you in for the 2:15 session.
Vomit on the living room carpet? No, can’t get to that. Living room carpet is scheduled under “weekly cleaning,” which gets an hour on Monday. If I clean up the vomit now, I will be late getting dinner started.
You want a band-aid? You should have thought about that before you blew off the monthly first-aid supply distribution meeting last Wednesday between 9 and 9:15. Be more careful being a child next time. How did you get in here with such a low priority owie anyway? It didn’t even break the skin. My assistant handles all the kiss-it-and-make-it-betters.
With all due respect to Olympians and billionaires, my life needs to be a little more fluid (usually the bodily kind) than “schedule everything.” Maybe they should schedule a visit to my house.
I’ll show them my to-do list.”
The Real Mommy To-Do List Method
I realize not all to-do list methods are a one-size-fits-all proposition just like not all educational methods are either. After all, if we did that the world would be a very boring place. Tracey later wrote to me, “Like you, I agree that many things need to be scheduled. Meals must be worked around for example. But, I still prefer a list. Many times I find myself standing around, thinking, there must be something I am supposed to be doing. I can’t have a fifteen minutes block schedule, so I have a list. Aimless standing = check list.
Even with school, I always try to set an “order” in which to do things, so there is a routine, but rigid schedules make me (and because of me, my kids) crazy. If something on my list can’t just be done when I check the list (buying supplies, etc.) I do schedule it, but not for Tuesday at 11:45. Tuesday is usually the best I can do.”
Tracey has written a book that she is now shopping around for an agent to help her get it published. Her blog, “Uno, Dos, Tracey” is full of her witty and charming repartee. I envision great things for her and her writing.
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