Having a routine is something I have always struggled with. Add being a wife and mother to the mix and sometimes I am just happy to make supper on time. But I have decided that one of my goals for this year is to get into a daily routine so that I can accomplish what needs to be done, AND still have time to rest or do some hobbies or whatever as well. It’s not been easy, but the thing is to take little steps until your goal.
I am hate feeling like I got nothing done at the end of the day, but I tend to make “To-Do” lists that are impossible for me to finish and therefore feel like I didn’t get anything done…day after day. So what did I do about it?
First, I stopped making myself impossible lists for each day and rather chose one or two house chores per day that I can easily complete in a short amount of time. I have a weekly chore plan so I know ahead of time which chores need to be done that day.
Second, even though I am still not sleeping through the night (because Michael is still not sleeping through the night), I set my alarm for 8AM (I know that is late, but when you are getting to bed late, waking up multiple times AND struggling with adrenal fatigue, 8AM feels like 5AM most mornings)!
Third, I have implemented a morning routine – drink my pink drink, give Michael breakfast and get him ready for the day, do a quick workout and eat breakfast myself. The workout has definitely helped me have more energy and feel better about myself throughout the day. But I will share more on that in a future post!
Fourth, get to work!!
My afternoons have to be structured because I have commitments Monday-Friday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I teach English lessons on Skype, and Tuesday and Thursday I clean in the building next door. I do try to work these around Michael’s nap times but that doesn’t always work. In which case either he comes and “helps” me clean or his papa watches him while I teach.
My goal is to then have the evenings free to, well, write for my blog for one thing, spend time with Michael (before his bedtime), and spend time with my hubby!
It’s not been easy, and I am only doing a fraction of the amount that I hope to be able to take on in a day, but I do feel as though I am making some progress! And in the end I will not only be helping myself, but I will be helping my darling hubby as well as Michael and any future children the Lord may chose to give us.
So, what do you do to bring and keep structure and routine in your daily lives? Any tips that can make it easier for me?
Until next time 🙂