You’ve tried other people’s routines; now find a routine that works for you.
There’s something really nice about reading blog posts about other people’s routines. They’re really popular on Pinterest, where we all pin aspirational ideas and think, one day, I can be like that. They’re fascinating, especially where there are lots of children, homeschooling or single parenting involved.
We definitely all need routines – you can read why I think that in this post – and I want to help you create a routine that works for you.
But here’s the thing: one person’s routine does not fit all.
Our families are different. Our situations are different. We have different demands on our time. Different priorities. Some days will be more pressured than others. You might work on some days and not on others. Shift work presents another challenge. Children’s ages and commitments differ. You get the idea.
I am not going to give you a routine.
Instead, I want to give you the tools to create a routine.
Actually, I’m not talking about one routine. I think we need a variety of different routines for different time scales. We need routines and systems for things that we do everyday, things that we do weekly (including family commitments like sports), and monthly. We also have seasonal things that need to be done.
So… Here’s your task
This might take a couple of hours, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll start, get interrupted and then have to come back to it. That’s fine. I’m giving you a few days to get this job done.
You’re going to do a brain dump.
Or a mind-map. Or a list. Whatever works best for you.
I want you to think through your week. What are all the jobs you think you need to do? What did you do? Write it all down.
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You can use my headings to inspire you, but please don’t feel limited by them: remember, this is about your family and your life.
So, here are the categories I’ve thought of:
Commitments e.g. work, sports, lessons, church, clubs
That’s all. Once you have everything written down – and it’s fine if you add things later or take things off – just leave it. Don’t feel stressed by it; you’ve written down everything. Please don’t feel like you need to get it all done.
Once you’ve done that, head over to the next post: How to create a daily routine.