The schedule around our house has been a little warped these last couple of months. Just when you think you have it under control, BAM! You are hit with a major mix up. Trying to keep a semblance of normalcy is difficult enough without adding the burden of expanding my responsibilities. But it has to be done.
Keep it organized. Everything is written on one giant calendar the INSTANT it is scheduled (or as close to then as if physically possible). Like most things, if you wait then you will forget.
Keep it close. There is also a smaller calendar in my wallet, in case I am confronted while I am out. One quick glance will tell me if I can make that meeting, or if I have jury duty.
Plan ahead. You know those days that are going to be crazy long before they get here. Tuesdays are our crazies. We have bible study/play date at our home, Choir practice at church, and basketball at the local gym. This is not the day for a gourmet meal. Either something will go into the crock-pot first thing in the morning, or else the picnic basket will make its way into the menu (sandwiches CAN be fun you know).
Never give in. If no one has done the dishes, or the laundry, or the picking up, it can be overwhelming. Avoid giving into the urge to panic. Start small. If you have a cleaning schedule (and you should) then follow that. If you can pick up an extra thing or two then do. Truth be told, you will probably be surprised at how quickly the jobs actually go once you quit dreading them and just start doing them.
Stay focused. Distractions will not get the job done and they often just add more work. If you know you have to get the laundry done, then enjoy the visit with the unexpected visit from you mother-in-law but DO the laundry! Politely excuse yourself while you start a load. If she is still there after it dries then invite her to come in the laundry room while you fold.
Keeping a schedule really comes from making it a habitually part of your life. If you can keep your schedule for just three weeks, you will find that you can keep your schedule no matter what unexpected events get thrown your way.