Updated on October 6, 2017
Would you like to get more done in a day? I would! Some people think I’m super organized, but I crave more order at home. A better to-do system. A time management revamp.
Maybe you can relate. Whether you’re a full-time homemaker or a working mom, your day is full of commitments. If you struggle to meet all the day’s demands, you’ll love Homemaker’s Friend.
What is Homemaker’s Friend?
Homemaker’s Friend is a daily planner for homemakers. Developed by Sue Hooley (a mom to six kids), it helps you schedule your daily duties at home. It’s a simple way to be a better time manager.
Time management is important for busy homemakers. How you manage your time can determine whether you have a smooth-running home or one that’s in constant turmoil.
But until you know just where your time goes, it’s hard to organize your days. Hooley recommends tracking your time for a week or so, to better understand how you spend it.
“Learn to think of your day in sections,” she wrote, “… morning, afternoon, evening. It’s important to learn where pockets of time are and how to make the best use of them.”
Why I Use Homemaker’s Friend
I discovered daily planners in high school. Later, they became indispensable to my library and foster care work. When I became a full-time homemaker, however, I stopped using them.
I don’t have kids or work outside the home, so you might find this hard to believe. But my everyday commitments often overwhelm me.
When we became homeowners last year, my household duties escalated. And because of my husband’s back issues, I also assumed lawn duties.
The language company I work for increased my part-time hours. And my “new” migrated blog had a little growth spurt (be sure to join the mailing list for updates).
Moreover, I’m the primary caregiver of two cats. Two affectionate, attention-seeking feline “fur children.”
With all of this going on, it’s easy to feel overloaded and overwhelmed. I need a good way to manage my time, and Homemaker’s Friend fits the bill.
Why You Need Homemaker’s Friend
Your needs are different than mine. Like Hooley, you may have a full quiver of children at home. Or you may work full-time, or run a home business. Maybe you’re the main caregiver for an aging parent.
Learning to manage your duties can help you avoid overwhelm. And that’s where Homemaker’s Friend comes in. As you track your time and start making adjustments, the overload will diminish. Trust me, it works!
Maybe you’ve thought about using technology to plan your days. Digital planners are convenient, but going analog gives you an edge. It spurs you to put pen to paper to create a doable schedule.
The writing process refreshes your memory and sharpens your focus. It can maker you wiser, too! A paper planner teaches you to “count your days and make your days count” (Psalm 90:12).
Daily Planner Features
Homemaker’s Friend is a tabbed, spiral-bound planner that measures 5.5 X 8.5 inches. It’s large enough to hold your notes, yet small enough to tuck in your bag. Here’s what you’ll find inside:
- yearly calendars for 2017-18
- a two-page monthly calendar
- a two-page weekly layout
- an untitled tasks list section
- a projects and events section
- an information section
- tear-out shopping lists
- Bible verses and quotes
- section tabs and cutaways
- a storage pocket in the back
As a bonus, you also get a FREE menu planning download. The matching, full-color worksheets make it easy to plan your meals – right through the holiday season!
Be a Better Time Manager
In my experience, a daily planner can transform a busy homemaker’s day. It helps you balance your housework and your home life so you get more done AND have time to relax.
“The busier I am, the more I use my planner,” wrote Hooley. “It helps me balance homemaking [with other duties] to create a realistic schedule.”
Sound good? Then head over to Homemaker’s Depot and grab a shopping cart. The planner is a steal at $14.99, and you’ll find other great resources there, too.
And Now, Over to You
Thank you for reading this post. Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. Do you schedule your daily tasks – or fly by the seat of your pants? How do you handle the daily overload?
I would love to hear your time management tips. Let’s fill the comments with friendly conversation. Scroll down to leave a reply, ask a question, or just say hello.
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