August has five Mondays this month, and it’s a little early to do my Planning For… post yet, so welcome to this Bonus Blog Post!
I’ve been watching a few YouTube videos posted by the lovely Sareena at Studyign. She’s a high school student, but has some amazing tips on motivation, organisation and productivity. One video in particular got my thinking, this shows the importance of a morning routine in becoming more productive.
I have been playing around with getting up earlier and tweaking my morning routine to get the most out of my day, but it’s been the school holidays and I haven’t had chance to really “road test” it yet.
So, here’s a little time plan for my typical day
*disclaimer – this isn’t my DREAM day, there would be a lot more Disney and a lot less housework*
Wake up. Grab a glass of water. Head downstairs to do exercise DVD
Suitably sweaty, jump in the shower. Skin care routine
Get dressed. Sort hair out (this would normally be where I put on make up if I was doing anything more glamorous than the school run)
Wake the kids up. Get K dressed while J dresses himself ready for school
Prepare kids breakfasts. Make a coffee and breakfast for me. Kids watch cartoons while they eat theirs, I get 5 minutes peace.
Now, this is the limbo time. The kids are fed and dressed and waiting to go brush their teeth, but my husband will have just got up and taken over the bathroom for at least 15 minutes. I use this time to check my bullet journal for the days tasks, add any I’d forgotten.
Finally get the kids and myself back in the bathroom. Teeth brushed, faces washed ready to face the day.
Last minute check that all homework and school books are in bags ready to go. Leave the house.
The walk to and from school is about a 25 minute round trip. I could do it quicker, but I go the long way to get my steps in. #slavetomyFitBit
Set K up with some colouring or her princess dolls. Get some housework tasks done. I try to get most of my housework done in the morning, when I’m most productive. I try to steer clear of social media….and fail
Finish any housework tasks I didn’t complete this morning. Do some cross stitch if I have time.
Leave to pick up J from school. Again, we take to longer route to get some “fresh air and exercise” in. It’s also a good opportunity to play some Pokemon Go with my son.
Depending on the day, this is homework and/or reading time. I like to get J’s homework done as soon as he’s out of school while he’s still in “learning mode”, as I know it’ll be 10x harder to peel him away from his toys/games later on.
Playtime. Kids need time to be kids, right. Once the work is done J & K have a good two hours to fill before dinner time. They play together really well, considering the age difference. I’m happy to say I spend minimum time being referee (not zero time though). J will be allowed time on the PlayStation as well. I use the latter part of this time to prepare dinner.
Daddy’s home! My husband works until 6pm, so I like to have dinner ready for him as he gets home an we eat together as a family. We don’t however eat at the dining table, but that’s another story.
K’s bedtime routine starts now. We tidy up her toys, get her face washed and teeth brushed (I bath both my kids together, but not every night). Nappy changed and PJs on. Bedtime story then cuddles and tucked up in bed by 7:30-45. Meanwhile, J and Daddy are having some “boy time”, could be anything from playing a video game together, to watching TV shows, to building stuff in the garage. J’s bedtime is closer to 8:30.
Stack the dirty dishes by the sink, maybe wash them depending on how I feel, probably leave them until the next day. The evenings are relaxing time for us grown ups now. No more housework, I’m off the clock. I’ll probably sit and watch TV whilst simultaneously cross stitching *I’ll do a post about my stitching in a couple of weeks*. Sometime’s my husband and I will watch something together, other times he’ll be painting or crafting at the dining table.
Head upstairs. Skin care routine. PJs on.Come back down, set up tomorrow’s bullet journal page and add first few to-dos. Continue stitching.
Pack up and head up to bed. Brush teeth. Have a glass of water. Read book until no later than 11:45
Not every day is exactly like this. Some mornings I won’t workout because I’ll go for a run after putting K to bed. Some days the kids have activities planned, such as play group or swimming.
I am, at heart, a creature of habit and even though routine can become boring for some, it acts as a safety net for me and aids with my anxiety.
Thanks for reading and learning a little bit more about me. Next week will be my Planning For September post, so until next time Mermaids xx