As with most of my life, I do a whole lot better when I have a routine. I suppose most people are that way. I always figured it was part of my issues with anxiety that I loved stuff to be the same from day to day but as it turns out, I am not alone. Most people prefer a routine in their life.
There are many places a person can get help developing a routine. I really do like the overly simplistic way that the FlyLady sets about giving you a morning routine and night time routine. The before bed routine just so happens to be the habit of the month for September.
I have found that the reason that my day ends or begins on a bad note is because I didn’t bother to do what I was supposed to get ready. I don’t know where my stuff is, I don’t have mine or Emily’s lunches made nor is there anything in the house to make, I don’t know what I am wearing or where any clothes are and neither do the kids, I don’t have something to put my coffee in, E’s backpack is no where near ready (ie filled with stuff to be read signed, etc..). What about activities? When we don’t prepare I don’t know where her uniform is (for scouts) or her dance bag or I forget to take dance clothes to daycare so we have to run home and pick up clothes. Plus, if we don’t plan ahead then there isn’t anything to eat on those busy nights and on dance night we don’t get home until 7:30 pm and if Em doesn’t get a snack before then she will crash and burn. Plus, we learned a really valuable lesson about homework last year. When we didn’t have her do homework at daycare for the most part, she was much too tired to do it at home when we finished with dinner. There was always at the very least some fussing and at the most, total melt downs that resulted in crying and slammed bedroom doors. But, bringing the homework to daycare and explaining to her sitter what work needs to be done.
In order for me to live a life that doesn’t feel like a total exhausting mess, I had decided to work in some routines for the school year and I will share them with you now.
6:15 am Wake up
6:15-6:30 Make Coffee and Unload Dishwasher
6:30-6:50 Drink Coffee, Check Email/Facebook
6:50-7-15 Shower and Get Dressed, Wake Up Emily
7:15-7:30 Get Colin Up, Dressed, and in a new diaper
7:30-7:45 Hair and Makeup
7:50 pm gather kids’ stuff and hit the road
Before Bed Routine
7:00 Finish Dinner
7::00-7:30 Baths (Every other night)
7:30-8:00 Emily finishes getting ready for bed on her own, including prepping backpack, brushing teeth/combing hair and Scott or I feeds Colin
8:00 Lights out for littles
8:00-8:30 Mommy does dishes and then preps for the next day
Depending on how tired I am, I either go to bed then or I watch TV with Scott until 9:00 and then go to bed.