I have to admit, I’m a ‘routine’ kinda gal. I like to know what is going to happen when and that it’s going to be that way every day. Yes that sounds incredibly boring, but it can also be very freeing and much less stressful than flying by the seat of my pants.
Let me explain, in the morning, when I first wake up, if it is a weekday, I know what I have to do, and the best place to start. I like to make my son’s lunch first, refill his water bottle and check folders to see if there are any papers I need to sign. Then I check to make sure I know where my kids’ winter gear is, boots, hats, gloves, etc. and have all of that ready by the door.
Then I shuffle my kids out of bed, help them pick out clothes and get dressed, fed and out the door for school. When I come home from drop-off, I eat breakfast, clean up the kitchen and begin whatever chores I have set aside for myself that day.
This little bit of organization can help so much especially since most days have some little snag in them that take extra time, like a child who doesn’t want to get out of bed, or get dressed; at least I have everything else prepared and ready to go so that when said child DOES finally get a move on, we won’t be behind schedule and late for school.
If you are a list person, I would suggest writing one down before you go to bed. That way you aren’t constantly thinking of something else you have to do the next day or running the list over and over in your head and losing sleep as a result. Keep paper and pen by your bed so that you can jot things down before you drop off to sleep, and you will have it handy for the next day.
It’s much easier to organize your day if you have a list either in your head or written down. Sure, life doesn’t always go the way we want it to (it rarely does!), but at least you will have checked off the essentials from your morning so that you have time to deal with life’s last-minute craziness!