If you work in a commercial or industrial setting, there might be regular maintenance schedules and tasks that are easy to adhere to. But what if you work for yourself, or are trying to keep your home in tip-top shape, how do you keep track of things?
A lot of people I know don’t adhere to a hard schedule, they do things on a as-needed basis. But inevitably, something gets forgotten or perpetually postponed.
Maybe you could pose a question to the readers as to which if at all, home maintenance software they use?
I’m looking at something that will allow me to input tasks to do such as painting, cleaning gutters, rotating tyres, replacing pool filters and etc, that all have different schedules and time constraints.
Ideally the software would have the ability to reschedule if you can’t perform the maintenance this weekend but not just postpone, actually move other tasks around.
It could also include family related tasks like checking up on motor vehicle insurance, annual dentist check-ups and prostrate exams (bummer).
Do you perhaps know of such software? I’m not a huge mobile app fan so if there’s a web based option to maintain this software it would be fantastic.
I have been thinking about this too.
We have a “date completed” chart, shared between my wife and I on Google Drivce, for things like filter changes. That helps with “when did I…” but it could be better.
There should be ways to utilize Google’s Calendar app, or other similar calendar apps, to send notifications when something needs to be done.
I think I have a solution that could work, at least for my family.
Tied into “bullet journaling,” there’s something that some notebook-keepers do, and it’s called a “habit tracker.” Here’s a google image search.
Shown above is a quick “Task Tracker” I put together in Google Sheets. I added square grid lines to schedule a couple of items, and added conditional formatting so that typing an X or x highlights that box green.
Some items might be flexible, others less so, like garbage, leaf, or recycling collection days.
What I’m thinking is that I can create two templates, either printable or on a whiteboard. There might be a monthly chart, split up into days or weeks, and a yearly chart, split up into months.
When something is done, you fill in a grid. For something you want to schedule, you can darken the grid lines in advance.
Post something like this to the wall or refrigerator, and maybe that will work. Or there could be a whiteboard that’s hand-written. Maybe different colored borders can denote who has to do a task or chore.
I’m all for technology and apps, but sometimes things are easier to do the old fashioned way.
What do you guys use to help keep track of home or equipment maintenance needs?