When I first had children and moved from my days being dictated by my work schedule to staying home, I struggled with my home time -- how to fill it, and at the same time, how to get everything done that needed to be done. And then one day I stumbled across Flylady (www.flylady.net) and the world of routines opened up to me.
I learned about Morning Routines and Bedtime Routines. I learned about Cleaning Routines and Meal Planning Routines. And honestly, I cried. Because up until that time, I thought I was the only one struggling. And then I dove in to learn my routines. It was hard learning these new habits, I mean I wasn't totally unhappy with wearing my pjs until 10am! But I persevered until they became.. well, routine.
Because it wasn't just about me, but it was also about my family. And I learned so much about how my choices were affecting them. I'm happier now with my routines and so is my family. I don't have to work so hard at getting them done now as I did at the start, but... I do still check them off my To Do list. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
How does your morning routine look? Is it working for you?
Here's a peek into mine:
Get dressed -- check
Laundry -- check
Swish, Swipe, & Sweep Bathroom -- check
Make Bed -- check
Chickens -- check
Pack lunch -- check
Make breakfast -- check
Of course I still have dishes to wash up, but I may just cheat and leave them until lunch. So now, I'm off to the grocery store and then morning tea and a play with friends.