I spend a lot of time thinking about routines. Definitely more than normal people. I am also obsessed with others’ routines.
Routines don’t make up the entirety of our lives, but they certainly comprise a big fat chunk. A chunk worth thinking about A LOT, in my opinion.
Some past morning routines I have had:–
– Getting up at 4 AM to marathon train during residency, while on rotations like NICU and PICU (I was . . . motivated. Or crazy.)
– Going back to sleep at 5am after that last ‘overnight’ feeding and waking up to a well-rested and happy newborn with sunlight streaming through the windows, well past 7
– Sleeping until very late morning (11?) on weekends and following the smell of freshly made French toast into the kitchen (okay, I was an adolescent when I had this routine, but it does sound lovely!)
Current morning routine:
– Get up most mornings between 4:45 and 5:00
– Choose 2-3 activities from the following menu:
- reading (non-fic/personal dev)
- a workout (run or Beachbody)
- write a blog post
- prep a pod episode
- perform weekly review/prep for week, monthly review or quarterly goal-setting.
- RARELY – work overflow. I try to plan ahead enough that this is unnecessary!
The kids really need to be up around 6:45 – that’s the sweet spot. If they are up before 6, everything is derailed. If they sleep past 7 — well, it’s sort of nice while it’s happening, but then we end up rushing.
We figured out this summer that a bedtime around 7:45 for G and 8-8:30 for A&C (NOT 9!) are the sweet spots.
I may experiment with this new product from Erin Condren (referral link to use if you desire)
They just released a fancy customizable white-board family dashboard type system, and these pictures bounced into my inbox in their “Insider” newsletter. While I’m sure a regular white board would do the trick, this looks so pretty! I am considering a weekly calendar & a chore chart.
We stopped using our wall calendar when we moved, and honestly I think a weekly view might be more useful than the full month. This could include meal plans, who is doing drop off/pick up, any late nights for me, school events & due dates, etc.
They haven’t been released yet, but I think I am going to order! Will update when I do.
Oh, and I have to give a shout out to The Lazy Genius Podcast (recent ep on chores) because their recent episode inspired this idea!
Do you have a physical family “dashboard”?
(Josh and I use google calendar too, but I think the kids would benefit from something physical! And I like it too 🙂 )