I first heard of a time budget from Jessica Fisher from Life as Mom…and really, I wasn’t inspired to create one! I mean budgets in general speak of limits and hard choices.
But last spring when my work hours increased, it became clear that I could use some help making a rough outline of my day. This isn’t a moment-by-moment schedule; it’s simple blocks of time. I could know at a glace where my attention should be during the day, and I could make a place for everything I needed to include at any given time.
Making a time budget was essential to help me to see the hard lines of my day. I followed Jessica Fisher’s advice and read Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews. She walked me through thinking through who I am, what my priorities are, and where they fit in the day. Here’s my (simplified) time budget:
A key to successfully working with a time budget? Blocking off more time for each block than necessary. We don’t have 4 hours of school to complete each day. But blocking off all that time means interruptions don’t derail us.
When I went to copy this from the time budget I made in May, it was all off. In only 5 months, things had changed enough that I really needed to update the budget. This is a practice I’ll need to revisit every so often as work responsibilities change and kids’ ages and stages change.
- creating a workable plan for homeschooling
- brainstorming solutions for hard days
- doing the work of showing up
It will be a great time to be inspired, get fresh ideas for the rest of Fall, and ask questions about specifics. Come join us!