A Beginner’s Guide to Writing a Schedule

In the last couple posts I had been sharing a bit about scheduling (you can read them here and here.)

Because it was a game changer for us, we shared our simple blank schedule template.

I realize, in the beginning a blank template can seem overwhelming when trying to figure out all the things that must be done and how to cram it all in throughout the week. For encouragement and perhaps some inspiration, today I will share my schedule and tips on how to write it.

Let me start off and say that in our current mommy world, sharing our real schedule is like sharing our body weight. There are moms who do more and think that I’m cute with my little baby schedule, or moms who do less and think I am ruining my children’s lives, or they’re in the same range of activity level and are just happy to be reading something they could have written. There are lots of angles anyone could be coming from… Even we the Iron Heart mamas are each in a slightly different stage of motherhood. In a safe environment, we learn from each other and sharpen one other in our walk with our families and our God. With shame and condemnation being so easily cast on one another, especially on the internet, make sure you find that safe circle of women in your own life. A personal relationship with women that love you is far more valuable than anything you will find online.


Use a pencil. There are rules in the universe – this is one of them. Please don’t try to find a loophole – you are NOT above this rule. Use a pencil. Just trust me.

Have an eraser handy. Another rule from the universe – not me. My eraser is like the size of my face, is sorely abused, but still never fails me…

Have a cuppa of something strong or relaxing. Whichever you think will help. (If you are trying to read in between the lines, I admit to nothing.)

Leave some spaces open in your days and week. Let me assure that if you do not heed this advice, it would take J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson to capture the weight the schedule has become to you. Your home will become a place akin to Mordor, your husband will cradle you and gently ask about dessert and you will stare wildly past him into nothingness and begin to mutter…

“I can’t recall the taste of food, nor the sound of water, nor the touch of grass. I’m naked in the dark. There’s nothing–no veil between me and the wheel of fire. I can see {the schedule} with my waking eyes.” 

(In case you have poor taste in literature and films, that’s an almost quote of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and a clip photo of Peter’s Jackson’s film version.)

That’s it – those are my simple but underrated tips for the actual writing of your schedule. But if you have yet to read the a’fore mentioned post and post, I am giving you another chance. They’re important.

Lastly, here’s my schedule. It is constantly being improved, but this is our life in a nutshell.  And, you know, we do stuff…





Did you find anything here helpful? What do you or would you do differently with your schedule? 

Author: Katie

Welcome! I'm Katie. Here at Forging Iron Hearts, I will be sharing the experiences of our family here in our intentional community in East Texas. You will likely see occasional posts from my wonderful husband Kevin and the other Iron Heart families, as well.