But the traditional "to do" list wasn't working. For one, I would lose it. Or forget to write down what needed to be done. I would end up writing things on at the end of the day and crossing them off for the satisfaction of knowing I did something.
I tried doing it electronically, on Remember the Milk or Evernote, but I would forget to look at it, and my tasks would stack up from one day to the next to where it was pointless.
But I now have something that is working for me and I thought I would share it with you.
The main part of my Command Center is three magnetic boards (Quarter) that I found on sale at Office Depot. I added the titles with alphabet stickers from my scrapbook supplies and added some pretty washi tape two-thirds of the way down. I use them to track my progress on my morning, afternoon, and night time chores. When I finish something, I slide it below the tape line.
The chore magnets were easy to make. I color-coded them to distinguish between morning (yellow), afternoon (orange), and evening (blue); tasks related to my children (peach), weekly tasks (pink), and activities that take us outside the home (green).
1. Download the Word document below.
2. Add your own chores.
3. Print in color and laminate.
4. Cut out vertical strips (uses less magnet than if you cut them horizontally)
5. Put on magnetic strip.
6. Cut and use.
The middle board is our meal plan for the week ($1 board from a dollar store that already had days of the week on it). For long-range meal-planning templates, go here.
On the right is where I keep the extra tasks that we are not doing today. The "M", "A", and "N" are alphabet stickers.
The top is a dry erase wall removable sticker that I got as a free sample somewhere. I use it for quick reminders. "FOCUS" is My One Word for 2016, and "Why not now?" is a catch phrase I read somewhere to remind me to do things "now" when I am thinking of it rather than put it off for later.