and what my Momma's laundry schedule has to do with it
Today's post is all about how I'm implementing my Momma's laundry schedule into my business. Seems a bit odd, right? Well, my Momma was the queen of organization - with 4 kids 3 and under, she had to put systems into place in order not to go crazy. Her laundry system is just one of the many that we implemented to relieve the stress and overwhelm in our busy household. I want to share it with you so you can do the same in your business!
Momma's Laundry Schedule
Here's the basic breakdown of how we did laundry in our house:
- Monday: sheets and towels
- Tuesday: whites and lights
- Wednesday: darks
- Thursday: catch-up if we got behind
- Fridays: no laundry!
The six of us could go through some laundry, let me tell ya. And since both my parents ran family businesses, our time together was important. Momma didn't want to feel like all she did all the time was laundry and household chores. And neither did we! We'd start the laundry before school in the morning and swap it over right when we got home. An hour later it was dry and we'd help Momma fold it and put it away. Then we were done for the day by 6-7pm. Momma felt that she was on and ahead of schedule if she just stuck to her schedule and systems. She didn't let the pile of dark clothes hang over her on a Monday because that was for Wednesday and she would tackle it then.
How to Implement in Your Business
I know you've heard of batch days (I even wrote about them here), but I think hearing about it in this way helps it make a lot more sense. We know as entrepreneurs that our days can look drastically different, but that doesn't mean we can't have some sort of set schedule. I loved having a 9:15a meeting every Monday morning at my day job. Every Friday I would get my list together for the meeting and walk in Monday feeling prepared for not just the meeting, but the week as well.
Here's one way you can set up your schedule:
- Monday: Writing day (blog drafts, newsletter drafts, etc)
- Tuesday: Client work
- Wednesday: Record video + create graphics
- Thursday: Client work
- Friday: Schedule out blogs + social media for the next week / updating content calendar
Why it Works
Her laundry schedule came in handy as we got older and not only were we able to help with laundry, but as we began to play sports and needed to wash our uniforms all the time, we knew when would be the best time to jump in the laundry rotation.
Although our schedules can change (especially if you're a wife or mother, I assume), by having a weekly schedule you can at least get your biggest to-do done each day. If things pop up that need to be taken care of immediately, you won't have to be stressed that you're postponing all of the other things; you're just adjusting what is on that day's schedule.
Here are some bonus tips:
- You can train your clients to know when / how often they can expect to hear from you (aka not rushing to answer emails on a Monday morning!)
- When you're ready to hire someone, you'll already have a system in place for what needs to get done
- You get to have control back over your schedule and stop feeling overwhelmed!!