Building Your Schedule

Hooray! You’ve built your lists, added your Must Do activities and even collaborated a bit to work toward yes. There only one thing left to do: build your schedule.

Little Miss and I begin by adding our Must Do activities first. For example, I’ll write “Eat Lunch” somewhere around the middle of the page and “Eat Dinner” somewhere near the end. This divides my day up into three blocks: the area before lunch, the area after lunch and before dinner, and the area after dinner. Setting up your schedule this way can also help you plan for activities that take longer or shorter amounts of time.

With lunch and dinner on my list, I also have a better idea of where other scheduled Must Do activities go, so I add those in. For example:

  • Lunch
  • ABA Therapy
  • Dinner
  • Read

Next, we take turns adding in our Want to Do activities from the lists we made earlier. As we add our Want to Do activities, I cross them off the individual lists on the back of the page. For example (Little Miss’s activities in pink, mine in green):

  • Play Lego with Mom
  • Go to Home Depot
  • Lunch
  • Art/Craft
  • Quiet Time
  • ABA Therapy
  • Dinner
  • Read

Finally, it’s time to get started with our day! I usually leave the schedule on the kitchen counter when we’re home or tuck it into my purse when we’re out, so we always have access. I also use the list as a visual to help Little Miss transition.

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