Updated: August 8, 2017
Would you like to get more done in a day? I sure would! Some people think I’m super organized, but I crave more order at home. A better to-do system. A time management revamp.
I bet you can relate. Whether you’re a full-time homemaker or working mom, your day is filled with 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 if you have a smooth-running home or one that’s in constant turmoil.
But until you know exactly where your time goes, it’s hard to organize your days. Hooley suggests tracking your time for a week to understand how you spend it.
“Learn to think of your day in sections,” she said, “… 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 were indispensable to my library and foster care work. But when I became a full-time homemaker, I stopped using them.
I don’t have kids or work outside the home, so you might find this hard to believe. But my daily commitments often overwhelm me.
When we became homeowners last year, my household duties escalated. And because of Mitchell’s back issues, I also assumed the lawn and garden duties.
The language company I work for increased my hours. And my new, migrated blog had a growth spurt (join the mailing list for updates).
Furthermore, I am the primary caregiver of cats. Two affectionate, attention-seeking fur children.
With everything going on in my life, it’s easy to experience overload. 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 children at home. Or you 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 make 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 pen to paper as you 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” (Proverbs 90:12).
Daily Planner Features
Homemaker’s Friend is a spiral-bound, tabbed 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 life so you get more done AND have time to relax.
“The busier I am, the more I use my planner,” said Hooley. “It helps me balance homemaking [with other duties] to create a realistic schedule.”
Sound good? Then head over to Homemakers Depot and grab a shopping cart. The daily planner is a steal at $14.99, and you’ll find other great resources, too.
** UPDATE: The 2017 Homemaker’s Friend is currently on sale for $4.00. There is also a Buy One, Get One (BOGO) option: Buy the 2018 planner (see related article below) and get a free 2017 version.
Over to You
Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. Think about everything you juggle in a day. Do you schedule your daily tasks – or fly by the seat of your pants? How do you handle the daily overload?
I’d love to hear your best time management tips. Let’s fill the comments with friendly conversation. Scroll down the page to leave a reply, ask a question, or just say hello.
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