Hmm..Maybe Mommy Docket isn't really the best title for the document.
Here's what happened.
Life got super out of control. Juggling motherhood with a toddler and attempting to take four (that's right FOUR) grad school classes this semester has proven to be just on the other side of the crazy line. And not the good side of it. Eric would have simple requests for me to complete during the day time and by noon, I likely had texted or messaged him online saying "What did you ask me to do?" or "I'm sorry. I forgot what you needed." or "Does this really have to be done today? Because I'd much rather pull out my hair right now." The tasks weren't even difficult. Basic things like: do one load of laundry, unpack this one box of stuff, get dressed. Whatever.
Fortunately, Pinterest came to the rescue in the middle of the night. I noticed that a lot of mommy bloggers posted PDF versions of their "Mommy Docket" or "TO-DO TODAY" list. After trying a few out over the course of a couple of weeks, I decided to make my own that makes sense for me. Here it is:
I realize you can't really see that too well. But let me break it down for you so that it hopefully makes some sense. We'll go left to right, top to bottom.
The top left box is titled "Top Three". This is where I write the three most important tasks of the day. Usually, "Homework" is in there. Why three? Because I'll be honest, it's a big deal for me to get three things done in a day. Stephen wants to play outside for about 18 hours a day which is not conducive to getting things done at all. He also wants me to do every activity with him which is adorable, but again, not conducive to getting things done. So I have three things on the list. These can usually be completed during naptime or after he goes to bed at his strict bedtime of 7 pm. It makes me feel really good when I scratch one off but when I scratch off all three? Well, bring on the champagne!
The next box (top right) is my "Honey Do" list. Eric usually has one thing that he'd like for me to do. It's usually things that I already planned on addressing that day (i.e. laundry) but sometimes, he really needs a load of whites done specifically. This is where I write those little notes down.
There is also a box for appointments. I only have space for four different appointments because time-wise I cannot afford any more in one day. But we never have that many appointments in one day anyway.
Errands. That sort of speaks for itself but seriously, sometimes, I cannot remember that I need to go out and buy a gallon of milk even if I've opened the fridge four times that day to find that we don't have any.
Calls to make list. This is UBER importante for me. I can NEVER NEVER remember who I am supposed to call (that explains why I haven't called you right?).
"Dinner prep" is the box that I write the dinner menu in. Also, if it's more complicated than protein-rice-salad, I'll add notes to myself like "Begin marinade at 4" so that I can remember to do specific tasks at certain times.
"All About Me" is a section that is there specifically to remind me to take care of myself. Honestly, I am TERRIBLE about taking care of myself. HORRIBLE. DOWN RIGHT STINKING BAD AT IT. Add a baby and grad school into the mix and it's a cluster of ... poo. That's the nice way to say it. I'm working really hard at correcting this though and part of this endeavor is taking 30 minutes a day for just me. But there will be a post in the near future to elaborate on this.
Like the starburst???
Finally, "Weekly Goals" are super important to me. I find that if I see the larger goals that need to be done by the end of the week, I can remember to work on them little by little. This can be a big paper for school (which I've recently completely two of) or this can be a project in the house. It's always different. Sometimes, the weekly goal is to workout five times in the week. Who knows?!
So there you go. That's my mommy docket/to-do today list. If you'd like a copy of it, please let me know. I'll be happy to email you a copy of it. FOR FREE! What up!?
No seriously. It's not copyrighted or anything like that. So it's up for grabs.
I'd also like to make a shoutout to Zamzar.com. I used their service to convert the pdf version of that document into a jpeg. And it was SUPER fast, SUPER easy. Just how I like it. Conversion, that is, you gutterheads.