I've talked about routines in the past and I think this time organizing tip is one worth revisiting. It's about picking a day or time of day to do recurring tasks or activities.
By doing this you take control and decide, based on what works best of you and your schedule, when you want to get stuff done. It's all about having a game plan. Of course that plan can always be done away with when you are a mother, but I find it's helpful to start with one; you can always adjust as needed.
Here are some examples:
- Meal planning for the week on Sunday night and shopping on Monday.
- Paying the bills every Thursday or on the 15th and 30th of each month.
- Washing 1 load of laundry everyday or all of it on Wednesdays.
- Planning your next day the night before or first thing in the morning.
- Devotional and prayer time in the morning.
- Checking email at the kids' nap time and after the kids go to bed.
- Returning phone calls between 9 and 10 a.m.
- Vacuuming on Mondays, dusting on Tuesdays, and washing the floors on Wednesday.
- Starting meal prep 1 hour prior to dinner time.
- Opening and sorting the mail everyday after dinner.
- Filing your "to file" pile the same day every week.
- Waking up 30 - 60 minutes before the kids to get yourself ready for the day.
- Exercising on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
- Eating out with the family on Thursday nights.
- Blogging on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays for 45 minutes.
- Run all your errands on the same day(s).
- Make a list of those recurring activities that you do on a regular basis.
- Have you calendar close by to consult.
- Sketch out your weekly routines. To start out, you may want to actually write your routines on paper or your calendar-it's like setting appointments with yourself. You are purposely giving yourself time to do a task that needs to get done. Flexibility is a must -it's not about scheduling your every waking moment.
Remember, it's also not about cramming more and more into your schedule, it's about making the most of your time so you have time for what's important to you. Don't forget to allow for some down-time in your schedule, too! Balance is important!
What are some of your routines that work for you? Share them with us!