Alright y'all, it's Monday again! Time for another Making Your Home Sing! Monday post. You didn't know I was going to do this again today did you? Well, me neither but apparently I have alot more to say on the topic.
Today I want to talk about your daily routine. What is one thing that you could do today to make your day go better? What one thing can you change in your morning routine to make your day run more smoothly?
When is the last time you sat down and planned your day? Do you actually have a plan or goals or do you just let things happen as they may? How is that working for you?
Think about your day. What are the things that you do every morning and every evening without fail? This is your daily routine. Spending time with God's word and in prayer, washing your hair, feeding the dog, making meals, taking the dog out, changing diapers, taking kids to school, picking up kids from school, meals, picking up the house, dishes, etc. These are the benchmarks of your day. Everything else flows around this.
What, if anything, in your routine is fouling you up, and causing you alot of stress and headaches? Do your mornings flow smoothly and enable you to get out the door to work or begin your work at home with a smile on your face? Or do your mornings find you with a grimace on your face and anything but a song in your heart? How about your evenings? Do you go to bed feeling like you had a productive day or do you go to bed thinking about all the stuff you didn't do because your day got away from you?
What is it that's not quite working out and causing you extra stress? It's probably the first thing that just popped in your head.
For me, the one thing that I could do to make my mornings go better is to make sure that I get up on time. If I don't get up on time, then I am already behind my schedule the minute I get up. It is so easy to push that snooze button. They make it easy! I don't need an alarm clock that allows me to ignore it. I need one that will give me a good swift kick and get me out of bed. I need that thing that George Jetson had on his cartoon show, you know? The mechanical arm that picks him up and just carries him to where he needs to go. I gotta get me one of those.
In my series on Conquering the Messies I talked about setting up a daily schedule. Having a plan for your day can be a great stress reliever. For instance, when you get up in the morning you know what tasks you need to do in order for your morning to run smoothly. It doesn't mean that interruptions won't happen, but it does mean that you have a plan, an order to your day. Once you deal with the interruption, you will be able to get back on track.
When you're having a rough day you don't even need to think about what to do next. It's all written out for you already. You just move through your day and let your routines take over.
Take a moment and write down the things you do every morning before your day begins to unfold. A quiet time with the Lord is very important. We need that time with Him every day, reading His word and spending time in prayer. It's a relational thing. How can we get to know our Lord if we never spend time with Him?
What else is on your morning list? Exercise, shower, medicine, getting children up and dressed, breakfast, starting a load of laundry, taking the dogs out......any or all of these may be on there.
What about your afternoon routine? It may include flip-flopping the laundry, getting the kids down and up from a nap, picking up kids from school, errands, starting dinner, etc. Some of these things you do every single day at or about the same time. Some things (like laundry) may vary.
What about your evening? You might have things like dinner and cleaning up after dinner, playtime with kids, the children's bedtime routine (story, bath, prayers, etc.), picking up the house, washing your face, brushing your teeth, time with spouse, computer time or whatever. Each of these are probably done about the same time night after night.
You probably already have a well-established routine, whether you have it written down or not. Look at your routine, your typical day, and make a list of the things that aren't working. Is there anything that you can do to make things go more smoothly?
Many times all we need to do is just sit down and look at our day. Sometimes we stick to a routine even when it's not working anymore, because it's a habit. Perhaps we are scheduling way to many things for that day. Perhaps it is time to reschedule or rethink or rework, or just say no. Perhaps all we really need to do is get up earlier, or spend less time on the computer, or spend some time training our children on their own morning routine.
Today I encourage you to look at your morning routine, or create one if you haven't already. Really look at it and make sure that it is working for you. If it's not, ask yourself why. Don't be bound by old habits. What worked before may not be working now.
This week I will be working on getting up on time. That's it....nothing earth shattering. Just getting up on time. If I get up on time, then I will be able to get right into my regular morning routine and the rest of my day will run alot more smoothly. More hours in my day....woohoo!
What might you do today to make your home "sing!"