I thought time management was challenging before but it just got more challenging. My husband and I just entered a new phase of life that we never expected. We sold our house at the beginning of August and moved last week. Unfortunately we weren’t able to find a new house to purchase before we had to move.
So we moved in with the kids. They have a four bedroom, one bath house with two kids, two cats, one dog and five chickens. No, the chickens don’t live in the house. But it is kind of a zoo. Or circus. Anyway, they had a spare bedroom upstairs and we took it.
Our room is large room so we were able to fit our bed, a desk, a dresser for clothes and the tv and two chairs. It’s like a little apartment – sort of. Except that the bathroom is downstairs. And they are steep stairs. It’s not fun at 3:00 in the morning.
Anyway, we’ve settled in. We made some adjustments to combine our stuff with Danny and Ashley’s and we’re developing a routine.
But how to manage my time and structure my day has so far been elusive. Change is hard for anyone, but for someone with ADHD, it’s brutal! I’ve been floundering anyway since we put the house on the market in June and now this. And to top it all off, all my planner stuff, except my actual planner, ended up in storage. It’s a 10×25 storage unit that’s packed to the gills. I checked it out in case the planner box might be visible but there was no sign of it. I was bummed. Everything was in there – my archive binder, my September–December refills; my forms; my page punch – everything.
The first couple of days of September I didn’t write anything down. I didn’t have anywhere to write it! I tried making some blank pages and punching them but I had to use a single hole punch and the holes were too big.
Yesterday I went to the Franklin Covey store and bought pages for September – December. They often have partial packs available if you ask and that’s what I purchased. I also bought a new punch (mine needed replaced anyway), an archive binder (you can always use those) and a few forms I use regularly. So I’m back in business. Well, as soon as I have time to get it all set up.
Now I just need to figure out my schedule and how to plan. None of the ways I was doing it before will work for my current situation. And I really don’t know, at least at this point, what I’m going to be doing from day to day. I’m living with the grandkids and they think my sole purpose in life is to play with them. That makes it hard to get anything done. And it’s fun to sit and visit with my son and daughter-in-law. And I don’t have my own house to take care of so I’m just helping Ashley with hers. And oh yeah, we have to try to find a house to buy, too. You get the idea.
So here’s the plan.
1. Make a list of my responsibilities.
2. Print a weekly page and map out the stuff I know.
3. Carve out a couple hours every day when I can work, by myself, on the blog – preferably the same time each day.
4. Fill in on the weekly sheet when I can do the things I have to.
5. For now, on my planner page, just write down what I HAVE to do each day. I might also consider switching to a weekly view and using my daily pages as a journal.
6. Find a home for my planner. I used to leave it open on the counter or at my desk but that won’t work here. But if it’s not out and convenient, I won’t use it. So I have to find a place.
7. Organize my desk.
8. Go with the flow & be flexible. This won’t last forever (hopefully – I love the family but I want my own home!). In the meantime, I want to enjoy the time with my family.
I’m going to start working through these steps and developing as much of a routine as I can. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
In the meantime, how would you handle a situation like this? How would you plan your days and what format would you use in your planner? I would love to hear your advice and suggestions?