First of all, schedules are different than routines. Schedules are set up like, “At 7 am, I wake up, at 7:30 I eat breakfast”, etc. Routines are more flexible. They say, “First I wake up, then I get ready, then I get the kids ready…” Etc.
The fact of the matter is, things happen that throw off a schedule. You get sick, the kids get sick, your boss calls a last-minute meeting, etc. You have something really important scheduled for 10:30, but suddenly it’s already an hour past and you have to move on to the next thing on your schedule.
That’s why routines are so important. They allow some flexibility. Anyway, enough ranting. Here’s how to set up one that works.
1. Make a list of all the ‘hats’ you wear throughout your life. For example, I’m a mom, a wife, a co-worker, friend, and daughter. Then, add to your list the responsibilities you have under each hat. For example, I know my kids need to eat and be entertained. My husband needs time. I need to be on-time and a productive employee while I’m at work, etc.
2. Write down any regular things you must do throughout the week– for instance, do you go to church every Sunday? Do your kids have lessons or sports every Saturday? Make sure you add everything.
3. Another thing to keep in mind are your personal goals. Want to run a marathon? Learn to play a musical instrument? You’ll want to allot time every day to working towards your goals.
4. Start writing down each thing you have on the list and alloting time. Start with the things you have to do first, then add each thing you’d like to do with a rough estimate of how long it’ll take you. It’ll probably surprise you how much time you actually have.
Hope this helps! Let me know below if you have any questions or have anything to add!
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