Since becoming a mama, I have felt like a scheduling and routine gatekeeper. On more than one occasion, I have found myself surprised by the fact that everyone is looking to me to find out what to do next. The only solution I have found is to establish regular and predictable daily and weekly routines.
Prior to establishing daily and weekly routines, I was mentally bombarded by decisions that needed to be made each day just by waking up in the morning:
What's for dinner (and breakfast and lunch and snacks for that matter)? What time do we need to leave the house today? Should I try to do a load of laundry today or finally clean the toilet? When am I going to connect with my husband about our schedule for the next week? Does he know we have a meeting on Tuesday night? The questions would go on and on and my kids weren't even up yet.
I have found that anything I can schedule and/or automate is a huge gift. If I can identify my daily and weekly schedule, I know what to anticipate, I can front-load the decision-making and then I can relay the plan to those who need to know.
To learn more about how I created a daily routine for myself, read How to get stuff done without losing your mind.
Thanks for reading!