Thursday, January 12, 2006

Seasonal Job Checklist

Here is the breakdown of my seasonal jobs. Basically, I'm supposed to focus on one or two of these per week during the relevant month. This one is going to need revision because it's a new thing. If this all looks very overwhelming, keep in mind that I'm building it a step at a time as I feel I can handle a new thing. If it looks sort of anal, it's NOT. I'm not a type-A but because I'm not, I have to fake it a bit. I find that if I have these things on a time-triggered system, and they come up BEFORE they become disasters, then I have time to sort through my angst and laziness about some of them. For some reason, these seasonal infrequent jobs are big procrastination issues for me, much more than my daily or weekly routines. I think it's because I like the status quo, don't care much for new things, and by the time they normally occur to me, it's usually already a crisis. For example, I put off my son's root canal much too long and then had to jam it into a holiday week when he was still recovering from the flu. Um, NOT ideal. I want to avoid that kind of thing as much as possible.

January
  • make dental appointments
  • change filter
  • wash humidifier filter
  • college/vocational planning
February
  • update portfolios and booklists
  • measure kids
  • shampoo carpets
  • wipe blinds
  • clean chandelier, fans and other high things
  • clean medicine cabinet
  • Lent prep
March
  • sort seasonal clothing
  • buy new clothing as necessary
  • plan garden
April
  • car maintenance
  • homeschool planning and ordering
  • make list of home/yard repairs and improvements
May
  • baseball sign-ups
  • start clearing land outside
  • plant garden
  • plan June birthdays
June
  • clean furnace vents
  • have chimney cleaned
  • plan for camping/update supplies
July
  • well care doctor's check-ups
  • football camp sign-up
August
  • dentist appointments
  • stain deck or outside of house
  • fix driveway
  • buy homeschool supplies as needed
September
  • sort seasonal clothing
  • buy new clothing
  • start prepping outside for winter
October
  • turn mattresses
  • flu shots
  • Advent & early Christmas prep
November
  • update portfolios and booklists
  • measure kids
  • shampoo carpets
  • wipe blinds
  • clean chandelier, fans and other high things
  • clean medicine cabinet
December
  • Christmas prep & activities
  • buy homeschool supplies
  • pre-plan January and February birthdays

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