Priorities To Do List

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Printable Priorities To Do List

Set goals and list out your priorites for each day with my simple printable priorities to do list!

The Overwhelming
to-do list…

If you’re anything like me, you thrive on list-making, goal setting, and definitive plans. Having a to-do list a mile long, however, definitely an overwhelming feeling I’m not a fan of.

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One day while attempting to tackle my daily routine of never-ending tasks, it totally hit me. I wasn’t getting anything important accomplished. I mean, I was definitely getting stuff done, I just wasn’t getting the right stuff done.

Each evening I was left with feelings of failure and overwhelm that would soon be followed with wishes and thoughts that I could hopefully do better tomorrow. Guess what? It totally wasn’t happening. This had become my life.

My Top 5
Printable Priorities To-Do List…

I made this to-do list printable for myself, plain and simple. I was feeling overwhelmed and overworked, never knowing what task I should tackle next. Then before I knew it I was going to sleep and I hadn’t spent quality time with my children or I forgot to pray.

No more. I had had enough.

My top 5 is a different approach on your typical to-do list…

It’s simple. 5 important categories + 5 things to do in each!

This is such an easy way to be present and aware of how you spend your time on a daily basis. It’s time to skip the traditional to do list and focus on what really matters in life.

Love the idea of using a simple to do list like this one, but stuck too far behind to even consider it yet? Try planning a simple Catch Up Day first!

My Top 5
Categories…

For my personal top 5 I chose God, Family, Home, Work, and Self. I had gotten to a point in my life where work was taking over and I needed to re-prioritize everything! I needed to grow spiritually, devote more time to the housework I was putting off, and make sure I was spending quality time with each of my children every single day.

Printable Priorities to do List for Busy Moms

God

While I want God to be first in my life, always… I will not complete all five in this column first. I simply start my day with prayer and go from there. I feel it’s incredibly important to space the things on my top 5 to do list out throughout my day. Not only does this help me stay focused on the right things, but it also gives me something to go back to when I’m feeling stuck.

Example? When I’m working on tackling my home list and the laundry or dishes have become overwhelming… I simply take a moment and mark something off from the God column. It keeps me grounded and helps me push forward.

Top 5 Ideas
God Column…

  • Morning Prayer Time
  • Morning Devotion
  • Devotion with Children
  • Afternoon Scripture Reading
  • Evening Family Devotions
  • Devotions with Spouse
  • Family Prayer Time
  • Scripture Memorization
  • Evening Prayer Time
  • Scripture or Prayer Journal
  • Serving or Volunteering
  • Listening to Worship Music
  • Reading Hymns

Family

This! I never thought I would need to put moments with my family on a to do list. I mean, I homeschool. I’m literally around my children 24/7. What more could they possibly need from me? How can I even possibly give them more of my time?

Something I have learned from homeschooling my kids? Quantity doesn’t always mean Quality.

I spend a large portion of my time interacting with and teaching my children each day. However, our one on one time was seriously lacking. When I created my top 5 to do list, this was something I was determined to change!

No longer will my children go to bed feeling like they hadn’t spent any time with their mother (you know, the one who was teaching them lessons all day, haha). Seriously though.

Priorities Tracker Printable

Top 5 Ideas
Family Column…

  • Read with a Child
  • Do a 15 Min Activity With a Child
  • Play a Family Game
  • Have an in Depth Conversation
  • Hug Your Kids & Spouse
  • Go for a Walk as a Family
  • Read Together as a Family
  • Play Make-Believe with a Child
  • Sit and do Nothing but Snuggle

Home

Confession time… Before we homeschooled, my children were enrolled in a private school and I spent nearly 8 hours each day homemaking. My house was spotless, the laundry was folded and put away, the errands were always taken care of, and dinner was miraculously on the table each night.

Once we started homeschooling my story completely changed. Homemaking got placed on the back burner. Then, around the time I started getting a handle on things again, I added working from home to the mix.

Can you guess what happened? That’s right… housework got placed on the back burner, yet again!

For this reason alone, I needed home on my top 5.

Five daily tasks… that’s my new goal. Forget the mile long to do list each day, because seriously, it will never all get done… not in a single day at least. Keeping it simple keeps the stress away and gives me a feeling of accomplishment when the day is done. Five tasks is all I need.

Top 5 Ideas
Home Column…

  • Wash One Load of Laundry
  • Sweep the Floors
  • Clean the Kitchen
  • Organize 1 Thing
  • Fill a Box for the Thrift Store
  • Clean out a Closet
  • Clean the Bathrooms
  • Vacuum the Floors
  • Clean out Car
  • Dust
  • Get rid of Old Toys

Self

Yes. Self-care is essential to this homeschool mom! If you don’t think you need self-care, think again momma! It’s hard to continue filling your kid’s cups when yours is completely empty all of the time. I needed this to be on my top 5 priorities to do list… and you probably need it to be on yours as well!

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Top 5 Ideas
Self Column…

  • Journal
  • Color
  • Take a Shower
  • Paint Nails
  • Fix Hair & Makeup
  • Coffee, Tea, or Wine
  • Read (a non kid book)
  • Eat Chocolate
  • Go to the Store Alone
  • Doodle or Draw
  • Sit and do Nothing for 10 Minutes

Work

Work. This will always be the last priority on my top 5 to do list! Work is essential to life. It’s not always welcomed or beautiful… but it’s necessary. My work is this blog, running an online business, and helping other homeschool moms find solutions to their everyday needs. It’s hard, it’s messy, but it’s necessary.

On one hand I love my work. I love helping others, making connections, and offering advice – but I sometimes dislike the amount of time I spend devoted to it. For this reason alone, work always goes last. I’ve chosen to put God, my family, home, and self before work on any given day.

Do I still work my tush off? Heck yes! Do I feel better about the order of things? 100%

Since everyone’s work is different, I won’t be including an ideas list. However, I chose to keep these tasks light and simple. This way I can always end my day feeling accomplished and knowing my top priorities were met.

If I get extra work done, wonderful. If I don’t, that’s OK too.

My 5 Free Printable Priorities To Do List

The my 5 printable priorities to do list comes in both a black and white customizable version (as in you hand write in the different categories you want) and a colored version I personalized for myself with the categories God, family, home, self, and work.

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

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Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

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