Managing Your Work with Loop Scheduling

There are so many different ways available to accomplish task management. The number of planners and systems out there can be a chore to sift through. So many times their success depends on your personality and how you handle unfinished plans. 

I’ve tried several systems in the past and ended up throwing them away. They were often too complicated and I couldn’t stick to them. Or I would give up on my plans if I got behind. I was always overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work I had to do and it just couldn’t all fit in the day or week, so I fell back into managing the urgent. 

Then I discovered loop scheduling and my life was simplified.

Use loop scheduling for flexible task management for homeschool, homemaking and housework, blogging, projects, and more!

What is Loop Scheduling? 

Loop scheduling is simply a way or organizing your work into a rotating list. Here’s how it works:

  • Write out a list of the tasks you want to accomplish over the course of 1-3 weeks
  • Do a certain number of those tasks each day (however many you decided ahead of time)
  • The next day, move on and do the next tasks!
  • Tasks that need to be done than once in that timeframe are listed multiple times
  • When you’ve gone through the entire list, start over!

That’s pretty much it! Loop scheduling is incredibly simple, easy to tweak for your needs, and flexible to fit any type of work you need to manage. 

Get Started with Loop Scheduling

 

First, take some time to watch this video. This was originally a FB Live video to give a quick overview of how I use loop scheduling in our home. It will give you a quick-start guide on how to use them in your own home and some ideas for how to make it work for you. 

I have created some simple loop schedule printables for you! Download the loop scheduling printables and then come back here to see how to use them! 

 

I tried to show you my latest set of loop schedules (we just had a baby and are just getting back into routines, so they are clean and simplified this time!) but there was a glare on the screen. You can see the examples below. 

Simple example loop schedule for housekeeping

Simple example loop schedule for homeschooling student

Simple example loop schedule for blogging

 

Want More? Enroll in the Loop Scheduling Workshop!

Loop scheduling can help you with: 

  • Housekeeping
  • Kids’ chores
  • Menu planning
  • Homeschool student work
  • And more! 

The Loop Scheduling Workshop will provide you with several additional templates to get you started as well as a guide to begin implementing loop scheduling in your home right away! You’ll also get instant access to the exclusive Loop Scheduling Workshop group on Facebook, where you can ask questions, see examples of how others are using loop scheduling, and get extra tips! 

 

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. The perfectionist in me was wanting to type up my daily and loop lists. Then in your video you stated how you reviewed what was working vs. what was not before you wrote out the next one. I love that idea! My focus this year is PROGRESS not perfection, so I think the loop idea will help!

    1. Yes! That really does help to have that frame of mind – progress, not perfection! It means we’re going places. 🙂 Glad you found it helpful too!

  2. I love this idea. I think I’ll begin using it for Ben’s homeschooling and my bogging! Thanks for the video. That really helped!

    1. Thanks Marcy! I’m glad you found it helpful. 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

  3. I think I’m with you on this one! I sort of do loop scheduling, but your system will be so much more benificial to me! I don’t do well with absolutely rigid, but I also need some reminder of what needs to get done to stay productive without the overwhelm. Thank you so much for sharing! I want to try it for sure!

    1. That’s exactly how I am! Let me know how it works out for you 🙂

  4. Hi Tauna,
    I am a definitely domestically challenged homeschooling mom of 4 (soon 5). I am discovering your website and loving it! I have already got help and encouragement from it! This loopy thing is definitely something that helps me a lot and that I need to implement more.
    I would love to hear more details about how you deal with your emails. I saw a line “Emails: delete or reply” in one of your daily-do list. How do you do this? Are you able to handle all incoming emails in one step that way? I have lost the control of my inbox and don’t know how to regain it…
    Blessings from Europe,
    Anne-Laure

    1. PS: I just thought will be looking at the video, maybe you give more details on your email line there. That is just SUCH a challenge for me to view videos with all the children around me. I am definitely an “article” Mom 🙂

    2. Hi Anne-Laure!

      Oh my, haha! You picked out one of the things I’m really struggling with which is why it’s in my list! Right now I’m trying to delete or reply. If I don’t have time to reply I’m not reading it. 🙂 because too often I reply in my head and then forget to reply in real life! I have a few folders but usually I just rely on search to help me find things I need to find later. Sometime I need to spend a day just cleaning out my unread emails. It’s a disaster. Lol! Sorry I couldn’t help! If I come across some genius system I’ll be sure to share. 🙂

      1. Hi Tauna,

        thank you for replying honestly. Your answer DID help me. In the meantime I also took time to purge my inbox so it is better now.
        Inspired by your posts, here is the strategy I designed:
        1. My goal is now that when I look at new emails: I sort, delete or reply. I have 3 folders I can sort incoming emails into: one for optional information stuff to read “one day”, one for commercial offers I may need “one day”, one for information about online orders that I need to keep at least until the order has been delivered/paid/reimbursed. I don’t need to write this on my dailyDos because I look at my emails anyway 🙂 With this my inbox content should *generally* not grow anymore from one day to the next.
        2. Then I am putting a “computer maintenance” line on my dailyDOs: to progressively reply to all the older emails in my inbox then progressively purge my email folders and also do other random computer maintenance things when my emails are under control. Doing one thing everyday, progress not perfection!

        I am really excited about the inspiration your methods are giving me!

        I am also having a “visual clutter control” line in my dailyDos. Actually it is an add-on loop where I go over every clutter catching area in our home and bring it back to its uncluttered state. I am very visual and visual clutter depresses me big time. I am SO happy to have found a working strategy to keep it under control!

        Well, in short: thanks so much!
        Anne-Laure

        1. Ah, these are FANTASTIC ideas! I’ll be adopting them for myself. Thank you so much for coming back to share with us!

  5. Thanks, Tauna! Like you, I realize that I’ve organically developed a loop schedule without knowing that’s what it was called! This gave me some good ideas for how to refine my current system. I rarely comment, so since I’m here I’ll add that I’m blessed by your blog and enjoy following you on FB. Congrats on the newest arrival!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement Lindsay! I’m so glad you found a few helpful things to try with the scheduling. Just writing about it lately has helped me come up with some helpful ways to apply it in other areas of my life. Love it when that happens! 🙂

  6. I”ve been looping our schoolwork for a while, but I never thought about using loops with housework and blogging. What a great idea!

    1. It is SO helpful! For blogging, too. 🙂 I’m going to try to make one for our new garden this year as well!

  7. Yes! This is the housekeeping system that works best for me as well just never knew it had a name

    1. That’s fantastic! Always good to know it works for others, too. 😀

  8. I just want to say that it’s so refreshing to read and watch your stuff! Whenever you explain your challenges or why something didn’t work, I say to myself, “YES! Me too!” You and I (and probably thousands of other homeschooling moms) think alike. We face the same interruptions, the same failures, and the same struggle with being disorganized creatives. 😀 Organization and schedule-following in its truest form seems to be reserved for the type A folks out there, but it’s nice to be reminded that we can find our own brand of order! Although I’m frustrated with (and tired of) the many scheduling systems that I haven’t been able to follow in the past, I’m looking forward to trying out loop scheduling. Will this hybrid/upgrade of my 50-item to-do list be the thing that finally works? I sure hope so! I’ll at least give it a try since it works for you! I know I have enjoyed using the relaxed home planner. Thanks for inspiring me to keep trying…

    1. You are so welcome! I’m always glad to hear when it’s helpful! And I love that phrase “our own brand of order.” Lol! So true!

  9. This sounds perfect for me! I am like you…I just don’t do well with the rigid schedule. And once I get “behind” I feel overwhelmed and just stop. I am hoping this works well for me in both homeschooling and homemaking!
    Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome, Colleen! Let me know how it goes!

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