Well yes, it is an exaggeration.. though only a slight one. But life as a grandma is just as busy, even more so, than ever before. Without a planner or a to-do list of tasks, there is no way that I could complete everything I need to get done each day. I'm a planner. I think it must be an hereditary gene.
My daughters and granddaughters have obviously inherited it, too. My granddaughter has been making lists of things as soon as she was old enough to put pen to paper. She would draw pictures on her list before she could actually write.
But for me, without some plan in place, the hours in the day just flash by with nothing accomplished.
My planner is an outline, a blueprint, of the day ahead. It draws a picture of what the day is likely to bring. But after trying many different planners, I've designed by own. You're welcome to use it yourself. See below.
I like to plan out my day the night before. Someone recently commented (I wish I could remember who) that each day of creation is described as 'the evening and morning were the first day' and so on. So.. consider starting and designing your day in the evening. Plan before the day begins. And I do.
I plan my day with time frames and check boxes. It helps me determine whether I'm unrealistically attempting too many activities in my day. The check boxes make me feel like I'm accomplishing something. I love to tick off completed items.
My top 5 goals for the day are at the top of the page. They are the focus for the day. Prayer needs are listed as an ongoing reminder whenever I glance at my planner.
Other important reminders are also listed on the planner: appointments, phone calls to make, emails, things to fix and cook and items to buy. Water intake is important but something I struggle to remember, so I cross off a glass whenever I drink some water.
I note down any websites I need to check out later and add reminders of photos/links/ info that I want to upload to social media. And... there's a small space for notes.. so that I can note down the quaint comments by my grandchildren during the day.
There are many times when my busyness overwhelms me and I wonder about my life and its value- it's impact on my family and others. Chuck Swindoll once said that' God operates from an eternal agenda not a daily planner.' I just need to remind myself that the big picture is in His hands.
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I hope you find that it helps you organise and plan your daily tasks and leaves you with some free time for yourself.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.