Daytimer when I was working.) Alas, God knows I love those things and tend to make them idols from which I derive my self-image, so He has thoughtfully blessed me with a family and circumstances that make such plans impossible to live by. The more I have struggled to make them work for me, the more complications He has heaped upon me.
All of that is to say, if you find that scheduling your day into precise segments does not work for you, do not despair! For some families, it apparently works well. But you are not alone in your situation--many of us must use a much more flexible, organic approach. lol When AO had its one and only conference back in 2005 (notes; reviews and a link to purchase CD's which are well worth listening to), one of the AO Advisory members, I think it was Wendi Capehart, had this to say about schedules:
"A schedule is for the days when life doesn't happen." (I hope I accurately quote.)
God has His own plan for each of your days, for each minute of each of your days. When your child does not cooperate with *your* plan, consider that this lack of cooperation may in fact be the hand of God, much as Balaam's ass interfered with Balaam's plans. At the very least, these interruptions or derailments test our resolve to show grace and love in every situation and to develop patience and perseverance in teaching and loving our children (not in checking off all the boxes on our schedule).