Daily Routine Tips

Daily Routine Tips

Daily Routines Building Tips

Do you feel like your workload is overflowing and you just can’t seem to catch up? In today’s society of double income households, late hours spent at work, and kids’ after school activities, each day can feel like a constant run in a hamster wheel. While you can’t change all the demands in your day, you can take some control before you lose it and feel ‘scatterbrained’ or ‘absentminded’.

Daily routines are beneficial for finding balance within our lives. Developing a routine of daily tasks will improve your ability to focus and manage your time efficiently.  If you are a parent, developing a weekly plan is especially important. Creating a daily routine for the family builds a sense of safety and security for children and reduces stress for the parent. Here are 10 ways to bring a sense of structure to your day building peace and ease:

  1. Begin by sitting down and writing a list of daily tasks. Everything you do-even the smallest ones.
  2. Find shortcuts in these daily tasks. Once you see the layout of your tasks, you can decide if some tasks should be grouped together, eliminated, or shortened
  3. Decide on an adequate amount of time that should be allotted for completing each task.
  4. Prepare for the day ahead in advance. Make lunches the night before, big servings of dinner that you can freeze or re-use in another way, or extra pancakes on the weekend.
  5. Develop morning routines and nighttime routines.
  6. Plan time for activities that are fun and facilitate bonding.
  7. Plan out time for quiet time. Children need this just as much as parents do.
  8. Get your children to help and cooperate by discussing with them why it is important to complete each task every day.
  9. Create a checklist for children to follow.
  10. Stick to the plan so everyone knows what is expected. You could even set up a reward system on Fridays for everyone following the plan, such as ice-cream out after school.

Time management will help you become more organized and improve your efficiency. You will find yourself more resourceful and innovative in your daily routine when you are not running yourself down so much. And by sticking with a plan, there is more time for creativity and relaxation. The plan works great for parents and for the children. When children know what to expect, they gain a sense of stability and structure. Even children with ADD/ADHD benefit greatly from having a daily routine. Get off the hamster wheel and enjoy your day more!