Routines are not just for kids. There is a reason why schools, workplaces, businesses and organisations function on routines. They increase efficiency, motivate and give direction to the day or week. They help ensure things are not missed and are done properly.
I’m quite a fan of routines. I’m not talking about strict minute by minute or even time based routines, but rather set things that you do each week to get through everything. More or less flexibility will be needed for each individual depending on your family and life but on the whole, a simple routine can really make life easier.
So, how do you create a weekly routine for you and your family?
Write down daily/weekly events
Start by recording any major daily or weekly events. Do this on a day basis. For example:
Monday: Work, kindy
Tuesday: Work, kindy
Wednesday: Swimming lessons in morning
Thursday: Playgroup, Soccer training in afternoon
Friday: Maths tutoring in afternoon
Sunday: Visit grandparents
By writing down the main activities, you can see which days are the busiest and get a rough idea of routines already in place.
Work out weekly and daily tasks
Write down everything that needs to be done on a weekly or daily basis. Here are some ideas.
- Kindy and work lunches
- General tidying
- Make beds
- Cleaning (bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, living areas, floors)
- Sheets and towels changed
- Meal planning and preparation
- Grocery shopping
- Weekly preparation (school/kindy/work)
What works for you?
Have a think about what works for you in terms of getting things done.
Are you a morning person? Do you prefer to have everything done the night before?
Do you enjoy or hate certain tasks? If so, would it work better to do some things in bulk (e.g. lunch preparation or cooking)?
Would you prefer to have a single day for household tasks or spread them out throughout the week?
Is there anything you can afford to outsource that would be worthwhile to make your life easier and enable you to fit other things in?
Plan it out!
Start by slotting your weekly tasks into your daily plan. You can ignore daily tasks for now. I’ll be doing an article on daily routines shortly.
Your week might look like this:
Wednesday: Clean bathrooms, change sheets and towels
Thursday: Vacuum, dust, do floors and kitchen
Saturday: Meal planning & grocery shopping
Sunday: Weekly preparation (school/kindy/work)
I’ve allowed for minimal housework on the weekend and no weekly task on the busiest days. Obviously your weekly routine will depend on your tasks and your weekly activities.
By spreading things out and having a plan, you can have days where it is dedicated family or relaxation times without worrying that everything will build up.
Remember, routines need to be flexible and are meant to make like easier. Don’t make your routines so complex and restrictive that they create even more work for you!
Do you have routines for your family or are you more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of person?!