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Organizing Habit #24

Habits are formed by routines and vice versa. Do you have a routine to your day? Do you have a routine for your week? If not, you might want to implement one and see if it doesn’t also create order and organization in your life.

I know the creative types don’t like routines because they feel it restricts their creativity. A routine is not meant to be a regiment or restrictive, it is meant to guide you through your day so you accomplish what needs to be taken care of. If you miss something it isn’t the end of the world. It can keep until the next time you would routinely do it or you can make it up the next day if it is a weekly task.

Give it a try for a week or two and see what differences it makes in your life. Then come back here and post about what you learned and how it changed your life.

Your daily routine might look like something like this:
Wake up
Start the coffee or tea (or better yet, have an automatic timer so you wake up to the smell of fresh coffee)
Go for a morning walk with dogs and think through the day ahead or listen to motivational tapes/music
Prepare and eat breakfast
Read the paper (maybe while eating breakfast)
Shower
Brush Teeth
Dress
Make bed
Hair/Make-up
Wake the kids
Help kids get ready (depending on age)
Grab purse/briefcase from launching pad
Grab kids gear from launching pad
Load kids and gear in car or ready at bus stop
Off to work or errands
Home from work or errands

Take care of household weekly routine items for the day (or whenever in your day this makes sense; could be before showering; could be after you clean up the kitchen or help kids with homework—depends on your lifestyle and when you have a higher level of energy):
Monday – Light Housecleaning, Dry Cleaning
Tuesday – Menu Planning
Wednesday – Grocery shopping
Thursday – Laundry, Banking
Friday— Dry Cleaning
Saturday—Heavy Housecleaning
Sunday—Laundry

Prepare evening meal
Clean up kitchen
Help kids with homework (depending on age)

Prepare for next day:
Pack lunches
Clothes ready
Backpacks packed with all essential items and at the launching pad
Briefcase/purse and any other items necessary for next day’s agenda (review your calendar) at the launching pad
Coffee maker ready
Pickup nomadic items and return to their home (or at least in a basket/bin in the room that can then be carried around

Relax and ready for sleep
Sleep :)

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