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Creating a Routine That Works for You

January 8, 2018

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A routine is helpful to get things done without having to spend time overthinking it. There are several routines that I complete throughout the day to help me manage my time in getting things done. It all comes down to delegating your time for the things that you need to accomplish each day. How can you create a routine that works for you?

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1 | Calendar/Planner

Not only do I schedule my appointments in my planner, but I also add items from my to-do list and daily routines, as well. I check my planner first thing in the morning, so I know what each day will bring, check things off as I complete them and recheck it in the evening, so I know what is going on the next day. The key is not to overschedule each day, so I have the time I need to rest and relax, as well.

Take away – Use your planner or calendar as a tool to schedule your day including the items that are a part of your daily routine.

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2 | Meals

When we started meal planning for our family, we always knew what we were having for dinner each night, and our grocery list was created using those plans. Now that it’s just my husband and me, we still plan out our meals. It’s a routine that continues to work for us.

Meal prepping each week is also beneficial. We don’t meal prep as frequently now since it’s just the two of us. However, when our kiddos were home, it helped to get dinner on the table if we meal prepped for the week. It was especially helpful when they had after-school activities.

Take away – Meal plan and prep as part of a weekly routine that will keep you from wondering what you’re going to have for dinner each night.

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3 | Cleaning and Laundry

Instead of saving the cleaning that I need to do until the weekend, I clean a little each day. It takes me 20-30 minutes depending on the task and leaves my weekends free for other things. For example, one day I clean the bathrooms, and on a different day, I dust. I will do a load of wash on several days, as well. I wrote about making laundry seem like less of a chore in another post. I’ve figured out a routine that worked for me without dedicating an entire day to cleaning and laundry.

Take away – Make it part of your routine to do a cleaning task or laundry each day throughout the week. It will keep your weekends free for other activities.

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4 | Morning Routine

My morning routine may vary if I have an early morning appointment or meeting. Otherwise, I spend time in the morning checking my planner, reading my email, completing my daily devotions, and exercising. After that, I work through my daily routine that includes any appointments that I may have, tasks that I need to do, and any work that I need to do.

On a side note, I don’t respond to my emails immediately when I first read them. Emails remain in my inbox until I take care of them. I have a set time during the day to respond to emails as part of my daily routine.

Take away – Your morning routine will help to set the tone for the remainder of the day. Complete items that will help you to be productive as you start your day.

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5 | Bedtime Routine

To begin my bedtime routine, I start at least thirty minutes for I’m going to climb into bed. Each evening includes self-care, getting my diffuser ready to go, and preparing for the next day. I also give myself about thirty minutes to read at bedtime. Bedtime is a relaxing ritual for me, and I will go to bed earlier if I need to if it means completing everything. My usual time to turn in is usually 9:00 p.m. each night.

During the evening, before I turn in, I also take the time to journal. It is something that I started last year, and I’ve enjoyed doing it so much that I’m doing it again this year.

Take away – Take the time to complete a bedtime routine. Incorporate things that will help you to relax before you go to sleep for the night.

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Life is busy, and it can be challenging to try to get everything done that you need to do. A routine will help you to get things done without wondering when you are going to find the time to do them throughout the day.

Until next time,

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