A client was talking to me the other day about how great it is when her daughter takes a class and the teacher hands out a syllabus or a plan for the class. When reading a description of a class it can seem daunting to get it all the work done. A syllabus breaks down the class into a week to week plan laid out for the entire semester. When it is presented in this way you can see what is needed to be done week to week. Then, it is not so overwhelming. So it is with chores and our other tasks. A tool like a syllabus can assist us with scheduling. It gives a sense of hope that things can be managed and we can stay on top of them.
There are many approaches to scheduling. These are two that I find to be helpful. The first one centers around the idea that we schedule certain chores and activities the same time each week. This becomes our routine and we get used to it. For example, we know we will clean the bathroom every Thursday and do it without thinking too much about it. At the end of the week, all is done.
The other method is the one I prefer. I make a list of all the tasks for the week and tackle them one by one. I may do many of the ones I am not fond of first just to get them out of the way, rewarding myself with one that I enjoy. And we all know there are days that we would give money not to clean the bathroom on Thursday and that, I believe, would not be the day to clean it but to do something else. If you list what needs to be done for the week, as each task is accomplished, cross it off the list. And there is incentive to get it all done as quickly as possible so you could have a couple of days off. It's your call.
I think the bottom line is that if one has a plan, it makes it so much more manageable.