to do list…
If you’re anything like me, you thrive on list making, goal setting, and definitive plans. Having a to do list a mile long however, definitely an overwhelming feeling I’m not a fan of.
One day while attempting to tackle my daily routine of never ending tasks, it totally hit me. I wasn’t getting anything important accomplished. I mean, I was definitely getting stuff done, I just wasn’t getting the right stuff done.
Each evening I was left with feelings of failure and overwhelm that would soon be followed with wishes and thoughts that I could hopefully do better tomorrow. Guess what? It totally wasn’t happening. This had become my life.
My Top 5
a list of priorities…
I made this to do list printable for myself, plain and simple. I was feeling overwhelmed and over worked, never knowing what task I should tackle next. Then before I knew it I was going to sleep and I hadn’t spent quality time with my children or I forgot to pray.
No more. I had had enough.
My top 5 is a different approach on your typical to do list…
It’s simple. 5 important categories + 5 things to do in each!
This is such an easy way to be present and aware of how you spend your time on a daily basis. It’s time to skip the traditional to do list and focus on what really matters in life.
Love the idea of using a simple to do list like this one, but stuck too far behind to even consider it yet? Try planning a simple Catch Up Day first!
My Top 5
To Do List Categories…
For my personal top 5 I chose God, Family, Home, Work, and Self. I had gotten to a point in my life where work was taking over my life and I needed to re-prioritize everything! I needed to grow spiritually, devote more time to the housework I was putting off, and make sure I was spending quality time with each of my children every single day.
While I want God to be first in my life, always… I will not complete all five in this column first. I simply start my day with prayer and go from there. I feel it’s incredibly important to space the things on my top 5 to do list out throughout my day. Not only does this help me stay focused on the right things, but it also gives me something to go back to when I’m feeling stuck.
Example? When I’m working on tackling my home list and the laundry or dishes have become overwhelming… I simply take a moment and mark something off from the God column. It keeps me grounded and helps me push forward.
Top 5 Ideas
- Morning Prayer Time
- Morning Devotion
- Devotion with Children
- Afternoon Scripture Reading
- Evening Family Devotions
- Devotions with Spouse
- Family Prayer Time
- Scripture Memorization
- Evening Prayer Time
- Scripture or Prayer Journalist
- Serving or Volunteering
- Listening to Worship Music
- Reading Hymns
This! I never thought I would need to put moments with my family on a to do list. I mean, I homeschool. I’m literally around my children 24/7. What more could they possibly need from me? How can I even give them anymore of my time?
Something I have learned from homeschooling my kids? Quantity doesn’t always mean Quality.
I spend a large portion of my day interacting with and teaching my children each day. However, our one on one time was seriously lacking. When I created my top 5 to do list, this was something I was determined to change!
No longer will my children go to bed feeling like they hadn’t spent any time with their mother (you know, the one who was teaching them lessons all day, haha). Seriously though.
Top 5 Ideas
- Read with a Child
- Do a 15 Min Activity With a Child
- Play a Family Game
- Have an in Depth Conversation
- Hug Your Kids & Spouse
- Go for a Walk as a Family
- Read Together as a Family
- Play Make Believe with a Child
- Sit and do Nothing but Snuggle
Confession time… Before we homeschooled, my children were enrolled in a private school and I spent nearly 8 hours each day homemaking. My house was spotless, the laundry was folded and put away, the errands were always taken care of, and dinner was miraculously on the table each night.
Once we started homeschooling my story completely changed. Homemaking got placed on the back burner. Then, around the time I started getting a handle on things again, I added working from home to the mix.
Can you guess what happened? That’s right… housework got placed on the back burner, yet again!
For this reason alone, I needed home on my top 5.
Five daily tasks… that’s my new goal. Forget the mile long to do list each day, because seriously, it will never all get done… not in a single day at least. Keeping it simple keeps the stress away and gives me a feeling of accomplishment when the day is done. Five tasks is all I need.
Top 5 Ideas
- Wash One Load of Laundry
- Sweep the Floors
- Clean the Kitchen
- Organize 1 Thing
- Fill a Box for the Thrift Store
- Clean out a Closet
- Clean the Bathrooms
- Vacuum the Floors
- Clean out Car
- Get rid of Old Toys
Yes. Self care is essential to this homeschool mom! If you don’t think you need self care, think again momma! It’s hard to continue filling your kid’s cups when yours is completely empty all of the time. I needed this to be on my top 5 to do list… and you probably need it to be on yours as well!
Need more ideas for self care & love? Check out these articles!
Top 5 Ideas
- Take a Shower
- Paint Nails
- Fix Hair & Makeup
- Coffee, Tea, or Wine
- Read (a non kid book)
- Eat Chocolate
- Go to the Store Alone
- Doodle or Draw
- Sit and do Nothing for 10 Minutes
Work. This will always be the last priority on my top 5 to do list! Work is essential to life. It’s not always welcomed or beautiful… but it’s necessary. My work is this blog, running an online business, and helping other homeschool moms find solutions to their everyday needs. It’s hard, it’s messy, but it’s necessary.
On one hand I love my work. I love helping others, making connections, and offering advice, but I sometimes dislike the amount of time I spend devoted to it. For this reason alone, work always goes last. I’ve chosen to put God, my family, home, and self before work on any given day.
Do I still work my tush off? Heck yes! Do I feel better about the order of things? 100%
Since everyone’s work is different, I won’t be including an ideas list. However, I chose to keep these tasks light and simple. This way I can always end my day feeling accomplished and knowing my top priorities where met. If I get extra work done, wonderful. If I don’t, that’s OK too.
My 5 Free Printable
To Do List…
The my 5 printable to do list comes in both a black and white customizable version (as in you hand write in the different categories you want) and a colored version I personalized for myself with the categories God, family, home, self, and work.
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