I read a lot of books and blogs about time and home management. They inspire me. One consistency I find in these resources is the importance of having a morning and evening routine.
Some people are naturally routine oriented. I am not. I have to work hard at bringing order into my life.
Also, it's no surprise that life mothering three young children can quickly get out of control. I find that in order to thrive, I have to err on the side of more structure and routine than naturally suits my personality.
Our morning routine is still a bit sketchy because my children are such early risers. I'm usually in the throws of parenting in the wee hours. (As I type, there is a squirmy George in my lap. It's 6:04 am - and he slept in today!)
My evening routine is much more established. I love it, and since consistently practicing, it is amazing the order and peace it has brought to my days. I especially love my routine by the lights of the Christmas tree!
*wash George's highchair tray - because there is nothing worse that having to do this in the morning.
*prepare the coffee
*load/run dishwasher - I'm down to one load a day since I use paper plates for breakfast and lunch.
*kids to bed- pajamas, brush teeth, books
*15 minute tidy
*relax, get on computer, watch television with husband
*screens off at 9pm - I find that I'm very sensitive to screen time right before bed, and it is so much easier to fall asleep if I cut all screens off 1 hour before I try to fall asleep.
*address bathing needs (Typically, evenings are when I get a shower.)
*make a few notes about the next day, write a to-do list
*get in bed, read
Of course, like all of life, it's not perfect. I don't always follow this routine in the order listed above. But when things get crazy, I come back to this simple orderly way...and all is right with the world.
Do you have a morning and evening routine?
Here are a few of my favorite books about time/life management.....
One Bite at a Time by Tsh Oxenreider
Destination Simple: Rituals and Rhythms to Simply Daily Life by Brooke McAlary
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
*will be released Jan 21, 2014