Often, I have these days when I wake up and there are so many things calling me that I simply don't know where to start! I'm horribly unorganized, and until recently I would fret and try to do everything at once. Now, however, I take my home management binder and pull out my "Universal Daily to-do List", which includes the following:
* Making beds
* Watering the plants and making sure my cat has fresh food and water in her tray
* Taking out the garbage
* Washing the dishes
* Laundry: loading the washing machine, or folding, ironing and putting away, or both
* Looking around and seeing if there's anything that needs to be put in its place, or tossed into the garbage, or if there's any spot that requires "emergency cleaning"
Voila! Once I've done all that, I feel free, relaxed and able to concentrate on other things that need to be done: shopping or major cleaning (if that's a shopping/cleaning day), cooking meals, studying, or any other project that needs to be done that day.
It mind sound trivial to you, but until recently, I felt so overwhelmed that I would try to rush through everything and ended up forgetting to do things.
Some time ago, I read this great advice on Lady Lydia's blog, "Homeliving Helper": don't attempt to start your day before you're dressed and your hair is combed! So true. I could jump off my bed and start doing things that needed to be done, saying, "well, it's urgent!" – And next thing I knew, it was nearly lunchtime and my hair was still uncombed. So my day only starts 'officially' after I get dressed, comb my hair, say my prayers and have some breakfast.
What about you ladies? What sort of daily plan works for you?