Thursday, November 8, 2018

3 Routines Guaranteed to Simplify Your Day...Your Calendar

This is the first of a three part series. Routines are something I've just always done. They are routines that I use in our house to help keep things flowing. It is something you do without much effort or thought because you've done it that way for so long. It takes little mental effort and allows you to use your creativity in other avenues. It allows everyone in the house to know what to expect in certain areas.

How I organize my calendar...

I went through a time where our calendar had something on every single day. And some days we were double booked back to back. We were out of the house more than we were home. We were running low on gas emotionally and physically. Last school year with the arrival of #4, I knew that something was going to have to give. I needed to add time to our lives. Obviously there are only 24 hours in a day, so it was going to take some self discipline and the implementation of the word 'no'.

I started by making a list of everything that we were involved in. It was ridiculously long, seriously way too many activities for one family. The activities were all great things and had their benefits. However I needed to decide between what was good and what was better. We needed to loose some things in order to gain a better thing...time.

When planning our schedule for this school year, I put a big X on Tuesdays. Since Monday is our CC Community Day, this is technically our first day of the school week. I also use this day to clean and reset after two days of being out of the house. Don't get me wrong, it's not like we never do anything on a Tuesday but knowing that it's a type Sabbath for us is mentally rewarding. 

Another thing I did on our calendar was mark out any time before 2:00. Mornings time at our house is sacred. This is the time we complete the bulk of our school work and nap time is around 12:30. Remember we have a 21 month old and naps are a must. I have found if I can keep us on this routine, my girls do much better and I am not as cranky.

A final calendar change that I made was for Thursdays and Fridays. I only schedule doctor's appointments on Thursdays. Obviously emergency doctor's appointments happen and I have to take whatever they have available. However, if it's a follow up appointment for in a couple of months, I only schedule on Thursdays. Field trips usually wipe us out and it's difficult to get back into things the next day. So I've found that if we schedule them on Fridays everyone is happy. 

I'm not sure if you sense the common theme throughout all of these changes in our calendar but it was rest and simplify. It's interesting that the catalyst for these changes was #4, I mean having a baby and rest do not go together at all. But in our new world it did.

This schedule may seem rather rigid, and it to be honest it is. However, it has allowed us time to actually complete our school work and focus on family. My favorite part however is that I truly don't have to look at my calendar to see if we can do something. I already know what's going on at that certain time. I still struggle with wanting to do things but then I realize what we will feel like the next day and decide that the best answer for us is 'no'.

The next post in this series will be about our daily schedule. It's taken some 
years but I feel like we might actually have found something that works. 

Other posts in this series:
Simplifying Your Daily Schedule
Simplifying Meal Planning

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