obsessive professional planner, I love working up a new schedule for myself every month or so. I have a busy life that is constantly in a state of flux, so every several weeks it’s necessary to evaluate what’s working and what’s not, so that I can create new routines that serve me as best possible.
(And of course, it doesn’t hurt that planning is one of my very most favorite activities EVER. So any chance to draft up a new schedule is good by me!)
Today is January 3rd, 2017. We just started not only a new month but also a new year. The perfect time for a shiny, brand new schedule.
Plus, my baby just turned 4 months old. We finally moved him out of our room and into the nursery with his brother. The nighttime feedings are becoming less frequent, and I’m beginning to feel as though, once again, I’m regaining control over my own schedule.
We’ve been night owls these past few months. A rather drastic change for us! For years we’ve been waking up at 5am to get an early start on our work. But ever since this new baby came that just hasn’t quite been comfortable. We needed some extra sleep after the interrupted nights, and my body needed to recover from the pregnancy.
So we’d flipped our schedule on its head and found a new normal. We decided to wake at 8am (or maybe even a tiny bit later some mornings!), enjoy lazy mornings, and hustle during nap time. We’d get the kids to bed early, then settle down to work from 8pm – midnight.
Yes, this was functional. The extra sleep was good for my body, I was able to really focus on my family during the day, and also fit in about six hours of work.
No, it was not terribly comfortable. As a type A personality, sleeping in is more detrimental to my morale than it’s worth (at least in the long-run). And after a full day of “momming” I frequently didn’t have enough energy to tackle my work with the enthusiasm required for me to enjoy it.
All that to say: I’m excited for this new schedule!
I’m excited to be done “just getting by” and return to a place where I feel vibrant, alive, and growing! A routine that allows me to start each day intentionally and with focus.
But enough of the rambling, let’s get to it. Here’s my new daily routine, followed by a few notes.
4:00 a.m. Rise
4:15 a.m. S.A.V.E.R.S.
4:50 a.m. Coffee
5:00 a.m. Work
8:30 a.m. Children Wake
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Daily Chore
11:00 a.m. “Preschool”
11:30 a.m. Nap Time + Work Session
1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. Errands (or Shower)
4:15 p.m. Tidy
4:45 p.m. Relax
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Wash Dishes
7:00 p.m. Bookkeeping & Family Bible Reading
7:30 p.m. Children’s Bedtime Routine
8:00 p.m. Bedtime Routine
8:30 p.m. Lights Out
A few notes:
Rising: At which time I brush my teeth and drink a glass of water.
S.A.V.E.R.S. is the morning routine I practice (learned from Hal Elrod’s “The Miracle Morning”). It includes Silence (prayer), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading (I read a chapter of the Bible), and Scribing (journaling).
Work: I write and design custom websites. I keep working until the children wake up, which is any time between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Daily Chore: Each day of the week I do a different chore. Click here to read about my weekly chore routine.
Preschool: My toddler just turned 3 years old. He’s learning letters, numbers, colors, etc.
Nap Time & Work: The baby naps, the toddler plays or occasionally watches an educational show. I work, focusing on answering emails, networking, and promoting the content & services of each of my businesses.
Lunch: is late, but breakfast was as well.
Errands/Shower: When it’s a shower I then spend the 2nd hour reading or playing with the kids.
Tidy: 5 minutes per room is all it takes to get the house back in order after a busy day.
Relax: I read, play with the children, watch Netflix, or go for a walk.
Bookkeeping & Bible: I spend 5 – 10 minutes checking my bank accounts (business and personal) and recording an expenditures. We then read a chapter of the Bible aloud.
Children’s Bedtime Routine: The toddler cleans up his toys, potties and brushes his teeth. Then I read him a story while I nurse the baby.
Bedtime Routine: I brush my teeth, wash my face, and then read until my husband comes to bed.
A Flexible Structure
While I gave specific times for each element of the routine, this was mostly just for reference. We do these things each day, in this order, at roughly these times, BUT we are not sitting around watching the clock. Alarms don’t go off, compelling us towards our next activity.
We keep our schedule flexible and fluid. It’s a guide that serves to provide a rhythm to our days and simplify our life. It serves us, not the other way around.
How about you? What do your days look like lately? Do you enjoy having a routine that’s consistent one day to the next? Or do you thrive on variety?