Using Days Of The Week To Simplify Meals, Cleaning and More

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I was interviewed recently and I was asked how I made blogging easier. My response was that for every day I had a theme: Mondays are productivity, Tuesdays Open Loops, etc.

After the interview I realized that I do that for many other areas of my life, and it really boosts my productivity. So I thought I would share how I apply this Day of the Week theme method.

Blogging

When I set up my blogging schedule, I decided to give myself categories to write about. This means I have a list of ideas for each category, and for that given day, I just have to pick one that suits my fancy. This narrows down my choices and means that I stick to the topics that the blog readers have come to expect, with only minor deviations.

  • Monday: Productivity.
  • Tuesday: Open loops gathered throughout my blog reading.
  • Wednesday: Simplicity.
  • Thursday: Guest post, or anything goes. My one day to say whatever.
  • Friday: Tips. The days where I give out tips that make my life simpler or more productive.

Meals

Cooking for a household can be overwhelming. Besides having to produce meals, there is just so much to choose from! There are several variations on this theme, but this is the latest one, which takes into account that my husband is out of town Monday through Friday.

  • Sunday: Big meal, like a roast chicken, beef roast or pork loin, with all the trimmings and planned for leftovers
  • Monday: Crockpot something
  • Tuesday: Mexican or Italian
  • Wednesday: Out
  • Thursday: Clean The Fridge (leftovers)
  • Friday: Pizza
  • Saturday: Soup and bread

These meals allow me to spend time cooking on the days when I have time (weekends), while maximizing the leftovers so that my husband has food to take with him during the week. It also minimizes the time I have to spend cooking during the week, when time and energy are at a premium.

Cleaning

I find that if I do a little cleaning every day, nothing sneaks up and clobbers me with huge tasks. I spend my time every day cleaning a bit of a certain area of the house, that rotates every week.

  • Sunday: my day off from cleaning.
  • Monday thru Wednesday: 15 minutes each day in the area of the week
  • Thursday: downstairs weekly cleaning: floors, bathroom, dusting, taking out the garbage, stove and sinks.
  • Friday:day off – my schedule is too busy
  • Saturday: any heavy cleaning (like carpets) or making up for the time I didn’t do during the week. My husband and daughter take care of the bathrooms and beds on this day.

By splitting everything up, it doesn’t take very long. After all, it is just 15 minutes. I also make sure that the Thursday evening doesn’t have anything else scheduled, so that I can spend time and reward myself with a treat (like reading) after it is all done.

Non-work Activity

I work during the week, but I found that evenings would be sucked up in front of the computer if I wasn’t careful, and other projects would stagnate. By designating a day to focus on areas, I am able to get a lot more done without getting sucked in to non-planned activities (like finding out the word origins of obscure words).

  • Sunday: weekly planning, grocery shopping
  • Monday: computers – backups, maintenance; desk time
  • Tuesday: creative work or learning, focus on building my business
  • Wednesday: errands
  • Thursday: house cleaning, menus and grocery lists
  • Friday: free time (Girl Scouts)
  • Saturday: catch up, creative work, longer periods for business work

By following this strategy, I am able to be more productive. Limiting the choices of what I do stops me from spending time figuring out what I need to do.

Do you have a schedule like this? Share below.


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Comments

  1. Rachel says

    This is a great strategy. I use this method to make sure I exercise (deciding which are run days, rest days, gym days, etc.), but I think it might be useful for other areas of my life.

    • LJ Earnest says

      I never thought of this with exercise, but I am also just trying to establish the habit of *any* exercise. :) I will keep it in mind for the future.

  2. Jorge Blanco says

    This is wonderful! I like your strategy regarding blogging. I’m a blogger too and it can be difficult to think of what to write on a daily basis. Having different categories per day is an excellent trick. Allows you to focus and it does not become stressful for the mind.

    • LJ Earnest says

      Yes. It takes one aspect of the decision making out of the process. I find with less choices I get to the decision quicker.

  3. says

    I have tried this a thousand times, and failed. I just can’t make myself stick to the schedule. But I do list five cleaning goals each week and do them – sometimes one day at a time and sometimes all at once.

    • LJ Earnest says

      I approach these things not as a hard-and-fast rule, but rather guidelines. If I don’t do it, no big deal. Instead of using it to lace myself into a schedule, I use it to limit choices, and give me less to think about.

      I use the “target” approach to my weekly goals. And I will often take a look at my weekly schedule and decide that if any cleaning gets done that week, it is going to all happen on a certain day. :)

  4. says

    I love this! I have been doing a weekly schedule for meals, but I had not thought about applying it to other areas, like cleaning and blogging.

    • LJ Earnest says

      The cleaning schedule isn’t working that well for me this year. I’m having to rethink it because I am blowing by the task. I’ll let you all know what it ends up being.