My hubby and I are both self-employed and so we are in the habit of having a "financial" meeting about once per week (something I recommend for all couples even if they're not self-employed.) At our last meeting he expressed the desire for a master list of all the projects that need to be completed around the house. Together we compiled a list for the house and one for the "yard" which is 5 acres.
Hubby likes stuff done up all neat on the computer and so I wasted about 2 hours trying to find the best program or template. The next morning I pulled out a cheap notebook and did it up by hand. He loves it! Lesson learned? Sometimes the old fashioned way is best.
Rule One: Keep it Simple
Each page is only 5 columns - Project, Action, Need, Source, Notes.
Here's how it works:
The first item is "Paint house." The next action is "Decide on color." In the "need column" we have "5 gallons paint." Under "Source", we have Columbia, and under "Notes", we put an approximate date.
Notice the fourth item is already crossed out (Whoooeeee!) It was "check exhaust fan." The next action was "talk to Brent." Under notes we jotted down his lesson date (Brent is a student of my husbands.) Brent checked the roof exhaust fan when he came for his lesson and found the motor shot. He took it with him, installed a new motor, and returned the next morning to re-install. We've been trying to get to that little item done for months. Now it's done! There is a separate section in the notebook for the "outside stuff" marked with a paperclip for easy access.
Advantages of doing this:
- You both know what the next action is and decide who's going to do it.
- You both know what items you need to complete the task
- Shopping is streamlined because you know the source of items for different projects. You can quickly see what items are needed from a certain source and make one trip instead of multiple trips.
- All measurements, colors, and quantities are in the "Notes" section instead of a gazillion little pieces of paper
Just because you don't have anyone to have a meeting with, doesn't mean this won't improve your life, too.
I'm headed out to the great outdoors to haul manure, put the shelves in my new cold frame/mini-greenhouse (thanks hubby!!), mow the lawn, spray the gully for weeds, and probably a gazillion other things.
Look at all the tulip buds...
The much maligned dandelion.
Have a beautiful day...