Routine — something you do all the time without thinking about it. You probably have routines that you don’t even realize.
Do you always have to make your bed before you leave for the day? Do you always have your coffee in the same cup?
I remember reading an article by a scientist who said that you should shake up your routine because your brain gets accustomed to it and doesn’t have to think. Personally, I like not thinking. I have too much thinking going on.
The Fly Lady was the first person to alert me to my need for routines. She encourages a Before-Bed Routine and a Morning Routine. My bedtime routine involves brushing, flossing, washing my face, laying out my clothes for the next day, checking my schedule and calendar then making a to-do list for the next day.
My morning routine consists of brushing teeth, getting dressed, swishing and swiping (see Fly Lady for an explanation!), starting the laundry, checking the to-do list, checking the menu, getting started on dinner and eating breakfast. I find that I have so much more peace when I follow my routine.
I had to write my routines down at first, but I soon had them memorized. I can get the most important things done in the morning without any stress.
Routines are not only good for moms, but for children as well. Think about bed time. If you usually read three stories and you try to get by with one, you’ve got trouble. Having a consistent before bed routine helps your child settle down and have a good night’s rest. Having a morning routine helps your child get the important things done and makes your entire household run smoothly.
For more on routines, be sure to check out Fly Lady. She even has email reminders that you can sign up for. Enjoy creating a more stress-free environment in your home.
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I LOVE Fly lady! I lived by those routines for so long and they work! Don’t forget to put on your shoes, she taught me this valuable tidbit and it works! I accomplish everything I need to do plus more if my shoes are on! 🙂 Thanks for reminding me to get back to my routines, I’m sure it will help me stay together with my 4 kids 5 and under! 🙂
I only developed the routines after having four children 5 1/2 and under. It meant survival!