Home Time Management Step 4: Create Your Action Plan

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Home Time Management Step 4: Create Your Action Plan
Without a doubt, this action plan is going to either set you up for success or set you up for failure.
Nothing gets accomplished without planning … even if it's unconsciously.
So, now that I've convinced you that you need an action plan I guess you're wondering how to create one?
I can give you a few general guidelines.
Creating Weekly Meal Plans
Sit your family down and have everyone help think of their favorite meals. Keep collecting new ideas and aim to have recipes/meal ideas for 30 days, 60 days, or even 90 days or more.
Getting Your Children Helping with Chores and Laundry
The very first thing you'd need to do is to teach them what they need to do. This may take a week or more of you keeping a close eye on what they're doing to make sure they 1) Remember what they should do, 2) Remember the order (if there IS one), and 3) Actually DO what they should.
For instance, if you're teaching your 6 year-old to clean the bathroom he may need several days to create his own little routine. Just make sure that he does everything you want him to do right from the beginning… even if it takes him a long time to get it down.
Getting and Maintaining a Clean House
If it's been a good long while since you've attempted to clean house then… by all means… start in one corner of one room.
And don't feel bad about it either.
Cooking Smarter
There are… literally… hundreds of different ways you could begin action in this area.
The next time you're cooking cook double. If you're browning hamburger then brown an extra pound and freeze it. If you're making spaghetti sauce then cook double and freeze the rest. If you're making a meatloaf, then mix a double portion and freeze the extra.
If you found this video helpful then don’t forget to “Like” it so it’ll be easier for others to find.
Also, I’d love it if you’d “Pin” me and pass me on to your friends.
And, if you have a Home Time Management topic you’d like to see covered shoot me an email @
marysegers@marysegers.com
My goal as a Home Time Management Coach is to help you save time on the things you HAVE to do… such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and housework so that you can reinvest that time into your marriage, your kids, your family and friends, and even yourself.
As a matter of fact, this video has been created from an excerpt of my free 77 page eBook on Time Management and Nontraditional Students which is available for download from my website @ http://marysegers.com/nontraditionalstudents
If you'd like to learn more about Home Time Management then join my email list @ http://marysegers.com/join and I'll send you daily emails aimed at covering all aspects of Home Time Management including saving time on cooking, cleaning, laundry, housework and then spending that time on your spouse, your kids, your family and friends, and yourself.

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  • Home Time Management Step 4: Create Your Action Plan
  • Without a doubt, this action plan is going to either set you up for success or set you up for failure.
  • If you really think about it, nothing gets accomplished without planning … even if it's unconsciously. You don't just walk out the door, get in your car, and drive away without knowing where you're going. At least you don't if you have something you need to accomplish such as going to get groceries or pick up a kid. Even if you're fighting with someone and "take off" your plan is to drive or walk off steam.
  • Another (somewhat comical) example that really drives the idea home is to think about how often you walk into your bathroom and just fall into taking a shower. At some point you've made a plan that you're going to take a shower.
  • If you'll generalize this concept of planning being the impetus of setting yourself up for success or failure into the problem areas of your life you'll see where lack of planning has probably been letting golden opportunities to reach your home time management goals pass you right on by.
  • For instance… and this is a wacky, but true, example. I've always known that washing dishes gets me in a serious cleaning mood. My kids became aware of this at a young age and used to try their best to keep me from washing the dishes because they knew it may lead to a spring-cleaning type of day or evening.
  • On the flip side, I use that on my cleaning day to get myself into gear.In other words, I use this knowledge to set myself up for success. I would occasionally go through periods when I… for some reason… just lose my zest for cleaning house (hey, it happens… even today). I could jumpstart myself by leaving the dishes on Friday night and waking to a kitchen needing to be cleaned (I know it’s nastybut it was only once in a great while).
  • So, now that I've convinced you that you need an action plan I guess you're wondering how to create one? While there is really no step-by-step guide that works in all situations I can give you a few general guidelines.Remember, these are ACTION-oriented and… for maximum effectiveness… I'd suggest you tackle one area at a time.
  • I guess I need to point out that each of these has multiple steps that someone would need to take in order to see that real and lasting change. For the sake of brevity I'm only going to list the very first step. Too, what I list here relates to action steps… this is assuming you've already talked with your family about what's going to change and why.
  • Creating Weekly Meal PlansSit your family down and have everyone help think of their favorite meals. Let them know they should think of places such as at home, at their friends' houses, at school, or even at their favorite restaurant. Very soon, you should have quite a list from which to begin making your weekly meal plans.
  • Keep collecting new ideas and aim to have recipes/meal ideas set for 30 days, 60 days, or even 90 days or more.
  • Getting Your Children Helping with Chores and LaundryThe very first thing you'd need to do is to teach them what they need to do. This may take a week or more of you keeping a close eye on what they're doing to make sure they 1) Remember what they should do, 2) Remember the order (if there IS one), and 3) Actually DO what they should.
  • For instance, if you're teaching your 6 year-old to clean the bathroom he may need several days to create his own little routine. Just make sure that he does everything you want him to do right from the beginning… even if it takes him a long time to get it down. Don't roll your eyes and mentally resolve that you'll just have to XYZ because he just can't seem to do it right. Give him time… he'll get it.
  • I'm telling you… it's so much easier to have him learn to do it right from the beginning than to let him develop bad habits and try to change them 6 months from now. I've been there, done that, and don't advise it.
  • Getting and Maintaining a Clean HouseIf it's been a good long while since you've attempted to clean house then… by all means… start in one corner of one room. And don't feel bad about it either. Very soon, that one corner will start to look a whole lot better than it did when you began. Then, when you get that one corner looking good you'll be ready to move on to another area.
  • Cooking SmarterThere are… literally… probably 100 different ways you could begin action in this area. I'll give a single example of giving yourself a night off from cooking. The next time you're cooking cook double. If you're browning hamburger then brown an extra pound and freeze it. If you're making spaghetti sauce then cook double and freeze the rest. If you're making a meatloaf, then mix a double portion and freeze the extra.
  • Then, later in the week when you're running low on time pull that extra hamburger out and make sloppy joes, or hamburger and gravy over rice, or any of a dozen other dishes. Turn that spaghetti sauce into beef-a-roni, shepard's pie, or any of… again… a dozen other dishes. Turn that meatloaf mixture into stuffed peppers, flavorful patties with gravy, or… once again… a dozen other dishes.
  • If you found this video helpful then don’t forget to “Like” it so it’ll be easier for others to find.Also, I’d love it if you’d “Pin” me and pass me on to your friends.And, if you have a Home Time Management topic you’d like to see covered shoot me an email @marysegers@marysegers.com
  • My goal as a Home Time Management Coach is to help you save time on the things you HAVE to do… such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and housework so that you can reinvest that time into your marriage, your kids, your family and friends, and yourself.
  • As a matter of fact, this video has been created from an excerpt of my free 16 page eBook titled “5 Steps to Creating Lasting Changes in Your Home Time Management” which is available for download from my website @ http://marysegers.com/nontraditionalstudents
  • If you'd like to learn more about Home Time Management then join my email list @ http://marysegers.com/join and I'll send you daily emails aimed at covering all aspects of Home Time Management including saving time on cooking, cleaning, laundry, housework and then spending that time on your spouse, your kids, your family and friends, and even yourself.
  • Remember… you only have one life. It's up to you how you live it.
  • Home Time Management Step 4: Create Your Action Plan

    1. 1.  Home Time Management Step 4: Create Your Action Plan (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    2. 2. Without a doubt, this action plan is going to either set you up for success or set you up for failure. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    3. 3. If you really think about it, nothing gets accomplished without planning … even if it's unconsciously. You don't just walk out the door, get in your car, and drive away without knowing where you're going. At least you don't if you have something you need to accomplish such as going to get groceries or pick up a kid. Even if you're fighting with someone and "take off" your plan is to drive or walk off steam. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    4. 4. Another (somewhat comical) example that really drives the idea home is to think about how often you walk into your bathroom and just fall into taking a shower. At some point you've made a plan that you're going to take a shower. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    5. 5. If you'll generalize this concept of planning being the impetus of setting yourself up for success or failure into the problem areas of your life you'll see where lack of planning has probably been letting golden opportunities to reach your home time management goals pass you right on by. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    6. 6. For instance… and this is a wacky, but true, example. I've always known that washing dishes gets me in a serious cleaning mood. My kids became aware of this at a young age and used to try their best to keep me from washing the dishes because they knew it may lead to a springcleaning type of day or evening. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    7. 7. On the flip side, I use that on my cleaning day to get myself into gear. In other words, I use this knowledge to set myself up for success. I would occasionally go through periods when I… for some reason… just lose my zest for cleaning house (hey, it happens… even today). I could jumpstart myself by leaving the dishes on Friday night and waking to a kitchen that needs to be cleaned (I know it’s nasty but it was only once in a great while). (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    8. 8. So, now that I've convinced you that you need an action plan I guess you're wondering how to create one? While there is really no step-by-step guide that works in all situations I can give you a few general guidelines. Remember, these are ACTION-oriented and… for maximum effectiveness… I'd suggest you tackle one area at a time. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    9. 9. I guess I need to point out that each of these has multiple steps that someone would need to take in order to see that real and lasting change. For the sake of brevity I'm only going to list the very first step. Too, what I list here relates to action steps… this is assuming you've already talked with your family about what's going to change and why. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    10. 10. Creating Weekly Meal Plans  help think of their Sit your family down and have everyone favorite meals. Let them know they should think of places such as at home, at their friends' houses, at school, or even at their favorite restaurant. Very soon, you should have quite a list from which to begin making your weekly meal plans. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    11. 11. Keep collecting new ideas and aim to have recipes/meal ideas for 30 days, 60 days, or even 90 days or more. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    12. 12. Getting Your Children Helping with Chores and Laundry  is to teach them what The very first thing you'd need to do they need to do. This may take a week or more of you keeping a close eye on what they're doing to make sure they 1) Remember what they should do, 2) Remember the order (if there IS one), and 3) Actually DO what they should. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    13. 13. For instance, if you're teaching your 6 year-old to clean the bathroom he may need several days to create his own little routine. Just make sure that he does everything you want him to do right from the beginning… even if it takes him a long time to get it down. Don't roll your eyes and mentally resolve that you'll just have to XYZ because he just can't seem to do it right. Give him time… he'll get it. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    14. 14. Oh, and trust me when I say it's so much easier to have him learn to do it right from the beginning than to let him develop bad habits and try to change them 6 months from now. I've been there, done that, and don't advise it. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    15. 15. Getting and Maintaining a Clean House  If it's been a good long while since you've attempted to clean house then… by all means… start in one corner of one room. And don't feel bad about it either. Very soon, that one corner will start to look a whole lot better than it did when you began. Then, when you get that one corner looking good you'll be ready to move on to another area. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    16. 16. Cooking Smarter  There are… literally… hundreds of different ways you could begin action in this area. I'll give a single example of giving yourself a night off from cooking. The next time you're cooking cook double. If you're browning hamburger then brown an extra pound and freeze it. If you're making spaghetti sauce then cook double and freeze the rest. If you're making a meatloaf, then mix a double portion and freeze the extra. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    17. 17. Then, later in the week when you're running low on time pull that extra hamburger out and make sloppy joes, or hamburger and gravy over rice, or any of a dozen other dishes. Turn that spaghetti sauce into beef-a-roni, shepard's pie, or any of… again… a dozen other dishes. Turn that meatloaf mixture into stuffed peppers, flavorful patties with gravy, or… once again… a dozen other dishes. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    18. 18. If you found this video helpful then don’t forget to “Like” it so it’ll be easier for others to find. Also, I’d love it if you’d “Pin” me and pass me on to your friends. And, if you have a Home Time Management topic you’d like to see covered shoot me an email @ marysegers@marysegers.com (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    19. 19. Home Time Management Expert, Coach, and Speaker   My goal as a Home Time Management Coach is to help you save time on the things you HAVE to do such as: • Cooking • Cleaning • Laundry • Housework  So that you can reinvest that time into: • Your marriage • Your kids • Your family and friends • Yourself (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    20. 20. As a matter of fact, this video has been created from an excerpt of my free 16 page eBook titled… 5 Steps to Creating Lasting Change in Your Home Time Management which is available for download from my website @ http://marysegers.com/lastingchange (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    21. 21. If you'd like to learn more about Home Time Management then join my email list @ http://marysegers.com/join And I'll send you daily emails aimed at covering all aspects of Home Time Management including saving time on: • Cooking • Cleaning • Laundry • Housework And then spending that time on: • Your spouse • Your kids • Your family and friends • Yourself (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
    22. 22. Remember… You only have ONE LIFE. It's up to you how you live it. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com

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