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The Ideal Organizer for Your Family Life
By Linda Dillow
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 1977 Linda Dillow
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How to Use
The Priority Planner is intended to be an encouragement to the Christian homemaker. Psalm 90:12 instructs us to "number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should."
God used this verse and others to motivate me in the area of "planning my priorities." Numerous planning books exist, but I needed one that enabled me to plan with my God-given priorities always before me. It's easy for a woman to feel overwhelmed as she views her numerous areas of responsibility. Hopefully, this Priority Planner will help you to do all things "in a good and orderly way" (1 Cor. 14:40).
In the book Creative Counterpart, I devote one chapter to the exciting lessons God has taught me about my priorities as a Christian wife and mother. This planner complements that material and supplies the practical framework for its application.
Using this book is really simple! As you read the following steps, take a look at the sample sheet for a typical week.
Step 1: List one special project under each priority
Too often we have so many little things to do that we end up setting aside the really important things. It's better to be sure we've done at least one thing under each of our priorities than to be so overwhelmed that we do nothing at all. On the sample sheet, the one special project for the week under my #2 priority, my husband, was a candle-light dinner. Under my #3 priority, my children, I listed a family slide show.
Step 2: Schedule when the special project will be done
With the column labeled "weekly schedule" in front of you, survey the week. Fill in all your appointments for the week. List when you're having guests over for dinner, when your husband will be out of town, etc. In the section titled "Things to Do This Week," write down the tasks you would like to accomplish but are not sure exactly when you will do them. Having surveyed the week, now decide when the special project listed under Step 1 will be done. On the sample sheet I determined that the candlelight dinner would be Friday night and the children's family slide show would be Monday night.
Step 3: Make out your daily schedule
If you plan your week Sunday night, fill out Monday's daily schedule. List everything you have to do the next day. Then number the items in order of their importance. On Monday morning begin with number one and don't go on to number two until you have completed the first. Then, even if you don't finish everything on your list, at least you finish the day knowing you did the important things. Follow the same procedure each night.
Step 4: Plan menus and shopping list
The week's menus can be planned Sunday evening along with your priority list and weekly schedule. As you plan the meals, you'll be able to see what groceries you need to buy. Thus, you can also begin the necessary shopping list under the column so marked. This column has been designed so you can cut it out Monday morning as you head to the store.
In addition to the pages designed for weekly scheduling, the Priority Planner includes "The Yearly Planner" that enables you to list important events for an entire year. This page is intended to be used for major items, such as family vacations, business trips, visits by friends and relatives, etc. More specific scheduling for particular months can be accomplished with "The Monthly Planner." Here, space is provided to list appointments, birthdays, anniversaries, and activities for each month.
My prayer is that this Priority Planner will encourage you to be a competent homemaker, a "wise woman who builds her house" (Prov. 14:1) to the glory of our Lord.
Sincerely in Christ,
Excerpted from Priority Planner by Linda Dillow. Copyright © 1977 Linda Dillow. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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