Friday, October 17, 2014

{31 Days #17} Chore Lists In My Task Divider

Originally I was going to write about my school divider and how I use it in my planner; but then I changed it.  After a month in a half of keeping my lesson plans in my planner (which I loved) I realized that I needed more dividers to keep up with attendance lists, lesson plans, Friday School plans, etc.  I didn't really want to add more dividers to my planner so I moved all my school to my previous leather bound planner and added some simple dividers.  So now I have two planners!  :)  I will go more in depth with my school planner at a later date.  But today I want to show you how I am using chore charts and my task divider.
Chore Charts are the bane of my existence.  No seriously, they are!  I can't tell you how many I've made and how many I have used online.  I can't seem to make everything fair and even between my boys - and today I decided I didn't have to!  That decision made everything much easier for me.

I created a simple little form and listed a few chores and the weekdays.  Instead of making two chore charts - one for William and one for Jonathan and then switching chores every week (or every month, sometimes every other day - see how it drives me crazy?), I just made one.  Under yesterday's column, I wrote the initial of who I wanted to complete the chore and as they completed each chore, I used Giftie Etc's neat little reverse highlight tip and highlighted the ones that were completed.  That allows me to see at a glance which chores still need to be completed and by who.
So, you might be wondering, why do I keep their chore charts in my planner?  Yeah, that's a good question.  Like I said, I have tried it all - charts on cards, on stickies, on paper behind protectors, dry erase name it.  I'm sure it is my fault they don't work; either I didn't stick with it long enough or I wasn't hands on to train them to stay on task.  I've found out though, they do work best with a directive and then a return "what's next".  I like it too because I like knowing what they are doing (are they procrastinating?) and when they are finished.  Okay, I also like using my highlighter!

This is just something that works for me and I thought I would share it in case someone else needs a little change up with chores for their kids.  Keep visiting my blog, I may have a totally new Chore Keeping System by next month.  In the meantime, here's a blank table that you can try out for your chore system.  (Since it is blank, you can use it for anything you want to track).


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