Ask FlyLady; Saving Time

Dear FlyLady,

Is there a way to print out the daily routine? I would be helpful tonight as I begin so I am not running back and forth to the computer.

Thank you,


Dear Sandy,

This is exactly why I want you to build your Control Journal or at least put up note cards in your kitchen and bathroom. It takes so little time to hand write your routines. Set a timer and prove me wrong. Your perfectionism is getting in the way of doing something that is going to change your life. You may be looking for excuses to not do this. Look hard!

When I first got started; I put Post-It Notes all over our home. They were always in front of my face. I also put up reminders to help me remember to start my routines. And this was before we carried our phones with us everywhere; but I had a Palm Pilot.

I put reminders on my Palm Pilot; with an alarm to get my attention. Now think about this for your phone. Put your routines in your notepad on your phone.

We have also partnered with Cozi so you can have your FlyLady missions and Detailed Cleaning Lists on your phone.

For right now please just write out your routines on a piece of paper. We are working an app for you, but it takes time to build apps.

Your Control Journal is an operations manual for your home. As you establish your routines. They are in your head.

Printing your routine each day is such a waste of time, printer ink, and paper. Print it once, put it in a sheet protector or a little photo album, or put it in your phone. This is why I developed our control journal, so I didn’t have to write it down every day. I was being efficient.

This is why we practice one habit a month and piggy-back them on to habits we have established.

You can do this! Having your routines in a notebook, little photo album, or stuck to your refrigerator; allows your family to see what you do every day. This way people can help you. Don’t allow your perfectionism to go overboard with your Control Journal. I had that problem too.


Some people like to keep their Control Journal in our Office in a Bag. We have a great package with the control journal included but NOT all the other stuff. 

If you would like to get reminders on your phone via twitter; you will need to join and sign up for notifications to be sent to your home.
Data charges may apply.

There are 24 reminders that pop up in twitter everyday. I still love my reminders.

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