I’ve often wondered why I am able to be organized, proactive and on top of things professionally while my home is a mess, my library books are late and I’m in my jammies till noon. I found the answer — and it is simple — in “The Procrastinator’s Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now” by Rita Emmett.*

She calls it the “Drifting Along” method of procrastination. Because home is less structured, without deadlines or a set schedule, I drift along all day, all week, all month without getting much done.

I’ve tried many tactics to combat this without having much success. But let’s give it another go. Here is the daily schedule I am aiming for. Once I get a daily planner, I will not write to-do lists. Rather I will schedule each to-do item in the appropriate time slot on a given day. This idea came from a man I met at the blogger volunteer event I did in January. He said he writes what he needs to do in his calendar and doesn’t worry about anything not written on a future day until that day comes.

The plan:

8 a.m. – Get up, brush teeth, go to living room, open blinds/windows
8:15 a.m. – Stretch, drink a glass of water.
8:30 a.m. – Make breakfast. Eat it with the kids.
9 a.m. – Dress kids and send them out to play. Dress self and Ellie.
9:30 a.m. — Do laundry and dishes.
10 a.m. – Check email/facebook.
10:30 a.m. – Read to kids while they eat snack.
11 a.m. – Do Heritage Makers work while kids do something creative at kitchen table.
Noon – Make, eat and clean up from lunch.
1 p.m. – Do blog work and check twitter.
2 p.m. – Do home paperwork.
2:30 p.m. – Eat snack and play with kids.
3:30 p.m. – Do housework
4:30 p.m. – Make, eat and cleanup dinner
6 p.m. – Have some me time/redeem rewards from tasks completed.
7 p.m. – Have some family time.
7:45 p.m. – Put kids to bed.

* More to come later on this book, which I have enjoyed so far. I need to finish the last couple of chapters because it is now overdue to the library. Baby steps people.