Actually, it's more like "going back to the old daily schedule". There was a time when this house just WORKED. Things got done, the house stayed picked up, there were always meals planned and offered on time. It was back in the busiest of busy daycare days, when I had employees to help because there were so many kids, and my own kids were home, so there was actually someone to do all the different chores that need done in a home on a regular basis. Somewhere in the middle of no more daycare, foster care instead, college classes, and my own kids moving out, things just did this gradual shift that I have never accounted for. You know how when you're out for a walk and the terrain changes, and you don't realize it, you stumble and maybe even fall? You have to adjust for the different angle of what you are walking on. That's sort of what has happened here, I think.
Anyway, I'm going to simplify my old daily, weekly, and occasional lists and put together a routine that will bring about better functionality to my life. What I have so far is sort of a blend between The Messies and FlyLady. This works better for me.
1 Load Laundry
Make Bed/Straighten bed and bath
vacuum main floor
2 weekly chores
Swish and Swipe half bath
Friday (I don't work Fridays):
shop/errands (if not done during the week)
cook for weekend
2 occasional chores
big job in house or yard
Sunday: enjoy some time to relax!
I don't do well with exact time slots or actual schedules. However, I absolutely NEED a routine. Without a routine, a rhythm to my day, I just fall apart and get nothing accomplished and feel just awful all day. I'm sure it's the ADHD. When I was on meds, this stuff just happened that much better than all those years I did not know I had ADHD. Once I was on the meds for a while, I had developed some better habits. So I don't think I need the meds...I think if I can force myself to go back to those good habits (the daycare days were pre-dx, so I should be able to do this!) and pull it all together.
This all came about because yesterday I was rushing out the door again, running late, left without throwing hay to the animals because I got a phone call on my way out and then I was late.... I said in a prayer/complaint, "I need a routine, Lord!" The Lord may as well have said out loud, "No, you need a NEW routine, a DIFFERENT routine. You have one. It's not working." I was doing the same thing every day--floundering around, being swept about by whatever tide or wave was catching me at the time. Time to change that up and take control! I've gotten most of my daily stuff done already this morning, by 7AM, and don't have to be to my first client's home until 11. I can do this!
"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip." --Will Rogers