One quote that has always resonated with me is, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” by Benjamin Franklin. The planner in me completely agrees. I do plan many facets of my everyday life. I prefer having a schedule to follow each day.
When I was young, my mother had me lay out my clothes for the next day the night before, and to this day I still do that most of the time. Being frazzled in the mornings can ruin my whole day and I don’t need the stress or the aggravation so I really work hard to avoid it. Planning in advance is how I stay on track.
I have my schedule planned out for each day, except for the things that, of course, come up at random intervals: phone calls, quote requests, trip bookings, a phone call from a friend, a child needing to go to the doctor unexpectedly, etcetra. For the most part, though, I do plan and I feel that helps me to succeed at all that I need to accomplish. I really try to stick with my daily routine.
One of the ways I keep my day running smoothly is by following my morning and evening routines. These have become habit and I feel that things run better and I am less stressed when I follow them. My morning routine is what I follow on the days that I don’t get up super early to book Disney dining reservations or fast passes for my guests.
Today, I thought I would share my morning and evening routines with you in hopes that you might develop some for yourself and ease your own stress a bit.
Here are my personal routines:
- Coffee and devotional (quiet time)
- Pack hubby’s breakfast, lunch and coffee (yes, I do this for him everyday)
- Shower and dress
- Make bed
- Dinner prep or start slow-cooker
- Scan my planner (make notes, as needed)
- Kids or Work (depending on whether I am in the office or babysitting one of the girls)
- Prep for morning (Butch)
- Clean the kitchen
- 10-minute pick up
- Self care
- Read 10 pages
- Say prayers
I find that when I stick to this schedule I can stay on task, get more done and enjoy each day more. I have daily time blocks for the hours throughout the day that I will post about soon. What do you do to organize your day? Let me know in the comments below.