Schedule up to two routine chores or errands per day. Plan about 60 percent of the day and leave the rest for spontaneous activities.
Something that's true for a lot of women: We have way too much to do. Our minds can hold only seven things at a time. Write down a list of chores and keep your planner in the same place so you don't have to use the back of an envelope or check register.
Spend the last five minutes of each hour looking ahead to the next hour to keep your schedule on track. Looking ahead helps structure your daily chores too. All those grocery trips? Instead of running out for forgotten items, poll your family for their favorite meals, then plan shopping around menus.