My personality thrives on routines, a schedule and lists. My productivity rises when I'm on a good schedule. And truth be told, I'm happier, too.
It does seem that once I get a good schedule going, something comes along that requires a change. Isn't that the way life works?! So I am always tweaking and changing things around to make the schedule work better for us!
I started a new childcare job a month ago which again required quite a few changes to my then-current routine. This family arrives at my house at 7 am and then leaves mid-afternoon.
Even though I'm a morning person, I was skeptical of having company that early in the morning. I love me some quiet time to get things done!
As it turns out, I love this new schedule! I get up and since I'm on a stricter time schedule, I do what needs to be done instead of putting things off or spending too much time at the computer. I also simplified my morning routine greatly so that it is very doable.
1. Get up at 5:45.
2. Shower and dress.
3. Spend time in God's Word.
By the time I've accomplished these 3 things, it's about time for the kids to arrive. Sometimes, I have a few extra minutes where I fix the bed and throw a load of laundry in the washer, which is nice but isn't a horrible thing if it doesn't get done first thing.
My husband usually rises and has his quiet time while I'm in the shower and then he showers while I have mine. This works out pretty well!
Since I don't do as much in the early morning hours now, my evening routine is a bit longer than it was before.
Evening Routine(in no particular order):
1. Sweep and dust mop floors in general living areas. (Living room, kitchen and dining areas, hallway.)
2. Vacuum area rugs in living room.
3. Make sure breakfast and lunch items are ready to go for the next day.
4. Straighten up around the house and put things away.
5. Sort laundry and start a load soaking overnight, if needed.
6. Make sure dishes are washed and kitchen is clean.
Most days, this list takes me about 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending how much there is to do. It's worth it to have a less chaotic morning!
I really don't have a really firm routine down for during the day yet. I just try and do a little housework each day and do things in between childcare. Plus I don't want to be too busy and scheduled that I can't take a lot of time to hold and cuddle the baby! Some things are much more precious and important than schedules!
The oldest child is starting preschool this week so it will be me and the baby. I suspect my days will fall into a more predictable pattern then since the baby is on a very good schedule already.
I'm already seeing the great benefits of having a very set schedule and these new routines. I've been much more productive, even on the weekends. A routine is a little thing but really has helped me with my time management!
Are you a routine person or do they drive you nuts? Inquiring minds want to know!