Do You Have a Routine???
On my never ending quest to find ways to manage the madness of being a mom, wife, entrepreneur and having a full-time job I’m always looking for ways to help me get more time out of my day, or to simple make things easier for me, whether it’s at work, in my business, or at home. And at one point I need more time in the mornings. My mornings always seem to be hectic. I mean it’s probably not as hectic as yours or the other moms that I talk to, but it’s enough hectic where I can easily forget my keys, my kid, or something else valuable I may need for that day. My mornings are filled with me always looking for an outfit to where, an outfit for my son, making breakfast (if I have enough time after trying to do my hair) doing my hair, showers, and the constant running around looking for little things that I need at the last minute so I can hurry up and get out of the house.
One would think a solution to this madness would be to simply get up earlier. But I found two problems with this solution. (1) I don’t want to get up earlier because I completely enjoy my sleep when I do get it. It honestly feels like I’m just falling to sleep when my alarm goes off. (2) Getting up earlier is really just giving me more time to be hectic in the morning. So instead of me moving all fast and rushing, I’m still unorganized (keyword to your hecticness) and frantic but I’m just doing it at a slower rate. Well after trying various things and refusing to try other tactics (because it was what my mom did), I finally figured out a solution that works every single time I do it. Regardless of the time I wake up (1 hour before I leave, 30 minutes before I have to leave) I never feel frantic and my time is used properly.
You see, the last sentence of the last paragraph is another key. You must learned to use your time properly and wisely. It is not wise to use my time being frantic. It is not wise to spend my time walking (or running) back and forth from room to room looking for what is already in my purse. But it is smart to define how that time needs to be spent and use it just for that. And that is what I did. At this current moment (cause my life is always changing ) My mornings are spent getting myself ready for work. Previously my mornings was spent getting myself ready as well as my 3 year old and getting him over to my mother in law, and I must say that my routine worked perfectly during this time. Now in the mornings I just need to focus on myself and no one else (lies because my child still wakes up and wants to brush his teeth with me and just about anything else). So even though I have less work to do, I still found myself a bit frantic, in the mornings (crazy, huh?). But when I do implement this routine it works just as good as if I had tons of things to do in the morning.
Okay I’m sure you had enough so I’ll go ahead and tell you my night time routine. It’s a routine that I would see my mom do and I never implemented it becuase, I don’t know, who wants to be their mom. It’s also something a friend of mine recommended, but I still didn’t do it because once again who wants to know that their parents was right all the freaking time. Okay here goes. I’ll give you a brief outline of my day.
- 5:15am – 7:30 am – I play with my alarm
- 7:30 am – 8: am – I get ready for work
- 8:00 am – 9:00 am – commute to work
- 9:00 am – 4:40 am – I’m in the office
- 4:40pm – 6:30pm – commute home from work (pick up my son from school then go home)
- 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm- cook and eat dinner
- 7:30 pm- 8:15ish pm – free time (spend time with my children)
- 8:15ish pm – 9ish pm – get little man ready for bed (include bath time, book reading)
- 9:30pm – work on last minute items for clients (if meeting a deadline)
- 10:00 pm- 10:30pm- lay out clothes for tomorrow (including undergarments), make sure my gym bag is packed, make sure purse is on the couch by the door with my coat.
- 10:30 – go to bed (yeah right, hubby gets home late so my worrying self stays up until he gets home, so so sad)