My Simplified Daily Routine
I try to keep the stress levels in my life to a minimum. In order to do that I try to stick to a daily routine that is simple and pretty much the same everyday except on weekends. I find that when I have a schedule for myself and my family, things run a lot smoother.
Keeping a schedule has been and is a work in progress for me and I'll admit my husband keeps the family schedule on track a little more than I do. But when we work together it all gets done which is what really matters.
My morning normally starts about this time. I get up, make my coffee and spend about 15 minutes having quiet time, sometimes longer. I usually read the daily bible app scripture and the current daily devotional I am studying. I just recently purchased the She Reads Truth Bible and I am excitedly waiting for it to come in. I find that when I start my day off in quiet and focusing on the things of God, my day goes better.
At this time I have to pry myself off the couch and away from my quiet time in order to get ready for work. I spend about 30-45 minutes getting ready and then I am out the door to catch the train for work. I actually work from home 2-3 days a week and my schedule looks a little different on those days. That's for another post though.
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Work, work, work, work, work. I work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Housing Program Specialist durning the day. I really enjoy my job and helping others through it.
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
I'm usually off of work by this time, sometimes earlier depending on what time I got in. I work a flex schedule which allows me to come in and leave work within a 2 hour flexible window. Between this time, I commute home on the train, pick up the kids from school, stop for any weekday errands.
As soon as I get home in the evening I get the kids started on their homework while I start dinner. I usually try to take something out the night before to thaw and I think up something to cook as well. Pinterest is my BFF when it comes to quick weeknight recipes to make for dinner.
6:30 - 7:30 pm
We usually have dinner around this time. My husband has made it home, the kids have finished their homework and we start to wind down for the evening. We try to make sure that we have dinner together every night at the table, without any distractions.
I love this time and I find it is a great time to catch up with each other and see how everyones day was. We also get some "facetime" with the kids to be able to ask them about their lives and how things are going for them at school and in general.
8:00 - 8:30 pm
Monday through Friday we read an evening family devotional. This is usually one geared toward the kids, like The Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey Devotionals. Just like dinner time this is a time for us to connect but also teach the kids what the bible says about certain life situations.
I know they really enjoy this time and have tons of questions at the end. Sometimes we think the questions are just a way for them to stay up longer :). We also say a prayer together, each person has their time to pray about what they are grateful for and make any requests known.
9:00 - 10:00 pm
After everyone has showered and the kids are off to bed I usually spend about an hour or so relaxing and my husband and I might watch a TV show we like before bed. Then we get ready to start all over again the next day.
So what about my workouts? Well I will fit in my workout where I can in this schedule. Lately I have been working out 3 days during the week. This is usually on the days I work from home in the morning or in the afternoon before I get the kids. I also workout on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Do you stick to a daily routine?