Lately, I’ve been looking at the routines of my life and trying to fine tune the things that I do daily, so that I can get more things done in each day and yet still have some much needed down time at the end of the day. I’m finding that the older I get the more I crave the routine in my day. I’m also finding that I need to start my day earlier than I want to if I am going to accomplish even half of what I want to accomplish.
I used to be all about the spontaneous acts of the day but the busier I get and the older I get the more the routine helps me get through my day without going insane and feeling like I haven’t accomplished a single thing all day long. I have been feeling flustered and scattered this entire month….HOW IS IT ALREADY THE 30th OF JANUARY???? But, what I realized this week is I haven’t been following any particular schedule or routine, except in the evenings. The evenings seem to be the only part of my day that has been going the way I want it to, so I came to the quick
if by quick I mean three weeks in the making conclusion that my evenings are very routine and scheduled. After my son and husband go to bed, I take care of my “me time” routine. And as shocking or as un-shocking as this may be, I’ve actually been successful in accomplishing everything that I’ve wanted to in that “me time” routine, all month long, except for one night when I was too exhausted by the time everyone went to bed that I didn’t do anything but go to bed myself.
It’s felt wonderful, to actually have something go the way I’ve wanted it to, so I came to the conclusion that as much as I HATE scheduling my life down to the smallest details, that’s exactly what I have to do right now. It seems to be the only way I am going to get anything other than the bare necessities done, so I am going to start scheduling much of my days the way I have scheduled my alone time in the evening. Maybe this will help me become inspired and help me do all that needs done!
So…this weekend I am going to schedule my week. I am going to schedule my days, getting as detailed as I can and I’m going to create a routine that our family can live with. I think this is the only way I can manage to build the much craved routine I need right now.
Here are some of the things that I am going to schedule into my days:
- daily exercise; more than just the monthly Shrinking Jeans workout calendars. I need to start preparing my body for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, which means walking more and doing cross training workouts to build up my strength after being sick for so long.
- stretching or yoga….every.single.day! My IT band is soooooo stinking tight it hurts! I need to work that tightness out, but it will only happen if I schedule it, because it’s one of those things I don’t really like doing (until I am doing it).
- homeschooling my son (I need to be more hands on with this task)
- prep and prepare Whole30 plan meals (I am going to be on the plan till the 11th of February), which means I need to continue with the arduous task of prepping as much of the food on the weekend as I can. It’s working well but it is time consuming, which is why I need to focus on it more during the weekend. Even after February 11th, I want to continue the trend of prepping meals and cooking wholesome meals for us. It helps us be healthier and is the way we SHOULD be eating all the time, anyway.
- housework….I need to get a schedule for my housework, instead of just doing it when I feel like it or it gets out of control
- continue with my evening routine of “me time”. I look forward to the quiet of the house and my own time to relax and read
- taking time for my friends
- spending time with my husband. Sometimes I get so busy with my
lack ofroutine that I forget to spend some time with him, too.
- learn something new. I’ve decided that I really want to learn to knit. My best friend has been trying to get me to try it for years and I kept saying I didn’t want to, but I have decided it will be good for me to learn something new, and I keep hearing how knitting is good for the brain and is a great way to relax. Who doesn’t want to do something good for their brain? I bought knitting needles and some pretty yarn but they are both still sitting in the sack I brought them home in. Time to get busy….
I think creating a better routine, therefore helping me focus better, will help me become a better me and help me accomplish the goals I want to accomplish this year.
What other things should I add to my new routine and schedule? What kinds of things do you do to stay focused and scheduled so that you get the most out of each day?
Do you need routine in your life to get your through the day? Or are you a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of person?
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