Good morning, Mommy!!! Ah, Monday, Monday. Back to reality. Back to routine – or as routine as my life gets, at any rate.
Routine, that shepherd’s staff to help corral the unruly events of my life. Neither work nor family are perfectly predictable, but there are certain things that generally happen every day that I can build a little structure around. The kids must be fed, cleaned and clothed. Email must be checked. Mamma needs to workout for health, energy and sanity.
Routine is a pre-set structure to our family’s life that allows me to accomplish so much more than if I started every day from scratch.
• Up early (really early) for planning, prayer and solitude. Check email, look at the day, plot out the must-do’s.
• I eat the same breakfast every day. I’m not bored, I’m grateful I don’t have to think about it.
• A workout before they wake up, or it doesn’t happen.
• Meal plan. Check that, SIMPLE meal plan. Today is Monday – pasta.
• Family calendar on the fridge so everyone knows where they are supposed to be. Yes, it is color coded. As kids come down, I remind them of their chore for this week.
And then ready, set, go – into my day.
We also have a couple other crucial routines:
• Sunday evenings we have a family meeting to go over our week past and the week to come. The kids get to talk about what happened to them that week, and they get to hear about their sibling’s weeks. This is a cornerstone of our family’s routine.
• Husband and I have a budget meeting every Saturday morning. God help us if we miss this.
What things can you routine-ize? There is only so much room in your brain. You’d think, “What’s for dinner” would be a simple question, but that question flattens me at the end of a taxing day. Flattens. Like into a weepy pile of goo. Solution: meal plan (or let them forage, but that’s an inferior solution).
How about you? What do you have pre-set? Grocery delivery? Laundry in the pre-dawn Saturday morning light? Bills on the 15th and 30th? Baths at bedtime to help everyone unwind?
It helps, doesn’t it?