Routines for families: how & why they work

Elizabeth Larkin is an organizing and productivity expert with a strong interest in time management and process refinement.

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Structure Your Day

Early birds get things done most effectively before lunchtime, while night owls tover khổng lồ get their creative burst of energy in the evenings. Think about when you work best, và group your tasks inlớn the time of day that makes the most sense for when you will best complete them.

Mornings: Mornings are often about getting out the door, which can be its challenge. Group all your early tasks here, like feeding and walking pets, unloading the first load of dishes for the day, và putting dinner in the slow cooker. Once the morning rush is over, reserve sầu the mornings for the tasks that require the most critical thinking và troubleshooting. There"s a comtháng saying, "Eat the frog," which refers khổng lồ getting the task that you want to lớn vì chưng least done first thing in the day, so it"s not looming over you.Midday: This is a tricky time of day because your energy levels—& perhaps the caffeine from your morning coffee—have sầu likely dissipated. However, this means you might be primed to vày the boring, routine stuff that doesn"t take a lot of brainpower. Use this time for tasks like answering emails, setting appointments, and running errands. If you are based at home page during the day, use this time for routine cleaning, lượt thích emptying the dishwasher and scrubbing the bathrooms.

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Get Specific (Optional)

Within these loose outlines of each part of your day, you can get as specific as you want. For example, you might want to lớn write out a routine for your morning that looks something like this:

6 a.m.: Wake up, brush teeth, and shower6:30 a.m.: Breakfast7 a.m.: Leave sầu the house7:15 a.m.: Drop off the kids at school7:30: Arrive sầu at the office

That"s a very detailed schedule, but some people might feel more comfortable with that—at least until they get the hang of the routine.


Schedule in Time for Flexibility

Life gets in the way of even the most detailed of routines. The point is khổng lồ harness your most productive sầu times to use for your most challenging tasks, & your least productive sầu times lớn do the more mundane tasks. There might be times when you have sầu khổng lồ go to a doctor"s appointment during the hours you usually set aside for work, or your evening is taken up by a social gathering—a daily routine will keep things flowing smoothly, despite hiccups.


Test Drive Your New Routine

Take your new routine for a kiểm tra drive sầu for 30 days. How does it feel?Did you schedule your tasks atactivitiesattimes that make sense?Do you need to lớn adjust things?Tweak anything that is notworking on a case-by-case basis, and then assess after 30 days khổng lồ see how your new routine is working for you.

Creating a daily routine seems daunting at first, but you will soon reap the rewards when your productivity soars, morning meltdowns are reduced, and you find you actually have pockets of không tính tiền time throughout the day or week. Even better? Nothing is written in stone so if your daily routine doesn"t work perfectly at first, simply make some tweaks until you find the igiảm giá khuyến mãi schedule.

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