Wednesday, August 20, 2008


No, I am not watching a Lord of the Rings movie. PODA sounds like a character from that type of film. Actually PODA stands for "Parade Of Daily Adventures". I came up with the above PODA about a year and a half ago. I stopped using it as my dailies and monthlies became routine for me. Well they became so routine that some days I let them go completely. With our new home school year starting on Monday, I decided to pull it back out and start using it again. Here is how it works...I run enough copies for the week on the weekend. I only use these Monday through Saturday. Sunday is an off day for me other than routines. Every night I look in my HMB for the next day's list of dailies and that week's monthly list. Here is what the dailies say for Wednesday.
The dailies are not set in stone. If the dusting was done on Monday, and Wednesday it is still dust free, I don't dust. It is a guideline of things that may or may not need to be done. I take this list and add the needed chores to that day's PODA under "Daily To Do List".I list any appointments, errands, or phone calls. As I complete a task, I cross it off, or place a check in the box. Also, I check the Monthly list...
This is impossible for you to read, but the 3rd week of the month (I know it is actually the 4th, but I did not count the first 2 days this month) is my focus cleaning for the Family Room, Deck, and bathrooms. I would normally put some of these jobs on my list, but I never do these on Wednesday. It is Sweetheart's day off and I like to keep things lighter on those days. Tomorrow, Thursday, will see many of these jobs because Thursday is my lightest daily list. I am praying this will make things easier as the school year starts. There is just something about crossing a task off a list that makes you feel like you accomplished something!! Do you have a PODA???


Sarah said...

This is a neat idea, Bren. I have never thought about doing something like this, as we currently live with my husband's parents while my husband is attending school. I help out around the house, but my mother-in-law does a majority of the housekeeping during the day while everyone is at work. However, after looking at your PODA, I see that anyone can benefit! I will have to sit down and make a PODA for myself! Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

I love it! I love to see people's plans and how they put into action the various home management "systems" or whatever you call them. I'm going to have to get you to do a guest series on my blog!

Angie said...

I seriously need to get back into the swing of things with a HMB. I like yours a lot ... is it mostly from flylady?

Thank you for the encouragement!

Katie said...

All of your planning (especially with the homeschooling) has really inspired me and I just wanted to say thank you!! :-) Thank you for your kind comment! As far as the schoolroom ~ I am excited! My hubby worked so hard to move everything out (it used to be a workout/catchall/storage room), and now we can have it! Anyway, I'm very grateful as I never expected it! I hope you are doing well! Getting excited to meet your grandbaby girl I imagine!!


Mindy Pfohl said...

That is a great idea! I have often tried to keep myself organized, but I typically fly by the seat of my pants! :) Looks great though!

Lori... said...

WOW! And you tell me I'm organized! Let's revisit that topic, shall we?

I would do good to borrow this from you right now - my life has NO organization right now! With the move right around the corner, the only organization I have on my mind is collecting boxes!

Thanks for the boost!


Vanessa said...

I love your daily sheets. I think I'm going to create my own and borrow your idea!!

You're so organized - no wonder you and my Mom enjoy eachother!