So, you've heard me say time and again how awesome Daily Orders weekly planning boards are. But what is the best way to use them? Well, I've had customers from families to Navy ships, from factory owners to farm owners. Each and every customer uses them in a different way. I've even got a Brisbane yoga teacher on my list!
There are many ways to get the most out of your board, whether it's landscape or portrait, large or small. Here are just a few suggestions to help you on your way, so you can centre your chi, and relax.
1. Colour code by activity or by person. Maybe yoga, netball or soccer can be in orange and yellow, meals can be in pink, Netflix viewing time for Suits in blue... etc etc. Or if it is easier colour-code by person. This way your activities stand out to you, and everyone has a place on the board. P.S. If you haven't seen Suits, you're missing out. It's on Netflix, or current episodes on iTunes. I'm also on a not so secret mission to get one of my boards to the star of the show, but that's a story for another day.
2. Plan your meals a week in advance and write them on your board so that you can see what you're having every night. If you're missing any ingredients, you can always pop them in the Notes section as a reminder to buy them at the shops. I'll talk more about the grocery shopping later!
3. Draw pictures for younger children who might not be able to read yet but understand the concept of days. So, tomorrow might be ballet day or basketball day. Draw a picture or get them to draw it themselves. Not only does that give them some ownership of the activity, but it might also encourage them to get involved and have something to look forward to.
4. If your loved one is away, whether it be on an overnight trip, or on a 6-month deployment, why not write all of your activities down, and take a quick photo of the board and send it to them. Having been away often myself pre-children, it was always hard to keep up with family activities back home. This way, your loved one has a greater opportunity to participate in home life and be able to ask more direct questions about the days' activities.
5. The easiest way to clean your board is simply with a damp cloth. In our house, we use a tea towel dipped in a bit of water. Try not to use your dishcloth as it can smear. When you're done wiping the week away, just give a quick wipe over with the dry part of the tea towel and it is shiny and new!