After Julian was born I quit my job and began staying home with my, then, two kiddos. I spent some time trying to come up with a viable schedule that I could really stick to. I wanted to spend real time with my kids, you know, enter their world. So on the days that we weren't going out (I only go out of the house 2-3 days a week, partly due to only having one car) I decided that I was going to spend an hour in their room playing with them.
Well, although, I quit my job at American Funds, I began a small photography business that takes up some of my time. Stephen and I also began a two year seminary that involved lots of hours for study and leadership projects (We just finished!). These things paired with the usual cleaning and organizing projects around the house, I seemed to always find an excuse to skip that hour long playing time with my kids.
Every Monday morning, I make a week long to do list. I put everything on their from laundry to clean bathroom to pay bills to edit photos, etc. This to do list rules my week. I love crossing things off of it. It makes me feel like I've been successful each day.
So (here comes the tip) I try to put several items on my to do list every week for the kids. Like "Play Don't Break the Ice with kids" etc. My to do list tends to be my priority so why not put my real priorities on it? I found this motivates me much more than the schedule did.