I wanted to write about what things have changed, and what things have stayed the same since my last two posts on scheduling back in September. (Is It Okay To Serve Myself and Finding Time) One of the points I talked about then is that a schedule will change. Just because things change, it does not mean that you have failed to “stick to it”. You have to find, sometimes through trial and error, what will naturally work for you.
My basic routine has stayed the same, though there are some things about the kids’ schedule that have fluctuated. First, they used to stay in their rooms until 8 o’clock, but they begged to be able to get up and eat breakfast with Dad before he left for work. So daddy implemented a new rule, a schedule change. If they wanted to eat breakfast with him, then they must do some kind of work during the time I spend reading my Bible. After we eat, I assign them whatever work I need done (laundry folding, dishwasher, cleaning out toy box, etc). This way I am still able to have my quiet time and not be interrupted.
The second thing that has changed is what the kids are doing during my workout time. When I first set up the schedule, they were eating breakfast while I exercised. Now that they eat earlier, they are getting a head start on their normal morning routine (making beds, brushing teeth and hair, getting dressed, and straightening their room). This gives me the time I need to work out. I do sometimes have interruptions, but I can usually get in 35-45 minutes worth.
In my experience, the key to keeping a good schedule is determining what things are non-negotiable. I have decided for me that I MUST have my quiet time and I MUST work out. Those two things are non-negotiable to me, so I have worked things around until I can get those in at the start of my day. It is so encouraging to look back and see that I have been able to keep up on these things that had plagued me before. Last Friday, I completed 42 weeks of working out at least 4 times a week! Because I determined it was important, I was even able to keep up my work out schedule through the holidays when we were traveling! I just took my dvd along and played it on my computer in my room.
Go ahead and set up your schedule. Determine what needs to be accomplished, then allow yourself flexibility to find the best way to complete it.
Do you have a morning routine? Do the kids have one?