Establishing Routine


Two weeks ago, I began a new lifestyle of health and fitness (again).  This time, I want to make it stick.

“If you’re tired of starting over, don’t quit.” -Autumn from the 21 day fix

I don’t want to start over again.  Even if I don’t do everything perfectly (which I don’t, all the time), I want to keep up with this lifestyle.  It’s one that brings a lot of energy, satisfaction, and peace.  I desire to keep up and create new habits in my life.

In order to keep up with this, keep up with my house, laundry, and homeschooling the kids, I am working on developing routine.  It takes getting out of my comfort zone and being intentional every single day.

Last Sunday, I started getting up early in the morning to make this work.  I am now getting up at 6:00.  I have my coffee and time with Jesus, breakfast, then I go for my hike.  I come home and do my 21 day fix video for the day.  After that, I have a snack, shower, and make sure the kids are ready for the day.  We do a little bit of school (for now), then they get to play.  Every day from 3:00-5:00, they have electronic time, and I want to start using that time to work on the house (I’ve been wasting time lately).  My goal is to do one load of laundry a day, pick up (and have the kids pick up), make my bed (and have the kids make theirs), and do some kind of cleaning.

Here’s my new schedule:

Mondays- Clean the bathrooms

Tuesdays- Town day (in September, we will have homeschool co-op this day, so it makes sense to make this a town day starting now)

Wednesdays- Dust

Thursdays- Clean the floors

Fridays- Office day (anything that needs to be done on the computer: bill paying, budgeting, meal planning, etc)

Saturdays- Off (Family Day)

Sundays- Prep for the week (chop veggies and fruits, boil eggs, bake bread, make breakfasts for the week)

The benefit of a schedule is that it allows me to be flexible.

By getting up early, the kids and I have more free time throughout the day.

Soon, we’ll be starting full homeschool and I desire to be in our new routine by then.  We are half way there.  I am starting to get used to getting up early and doing my exercise in the morning, I just need to be more intentional with the rest of the day.  It’s so easy to waste the day away.  Intentionality is so important.

I love being home with my kids all day.  I never thought I would say that.  They’re growing up.  The things that used to be difficult about being with them has gotten better over the years.  They still fight, they still scream, they’re still loud a lot of the time.  But, they’re learning how to handle their behavior better, and over time, it’ll get better.

Life is good!  Living it one day at a time!

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