Tami Nieto
Apr 29, 2019 · 4 min read

I can’t stand being behind on everything, so I have a set of routines that makes the week a bit easier now. Wanna see what they are? Then keep reading!

Morning Routine

Since mornings are hectic, my goals are to make sure that my kids get something before they head out to school. They get breakfast at school, but I want to make sure they eat something full of nutrition before they even leave the house. This goes for me too, since I work a full forty hours a week…meaning eight hours a day without food unless I specifically plan for it. Lately it’s been whatever is already cooked or in the fridge that’s a quick heat up and eat. Since my cats don’t like a dirty box, I also quickly clean out their boxes so they have a clean place to go that isn’t anything of mine. I don’t want a lot scheduled in the mornings since I’m usually pretty wiped out in the morning and especially if I don’t get a lot of coffee or any form of caffeine right when I wake up.

Bedtime Routine

Even though I’m usually beyond exhausted in the evenings, I usually get the kids stuff set out and all papers signed before I go to sleep. Also I do my best to get at least one chore done or started so that I can finish it when they head out or during my lunch break. So, Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, I check on the kids clothes, make sure laundry’s done, and that my husband has the clothes he needs to do his job without having to wash anything before he goes. This way it’s pretty easy to just lay out everything in one go for the next couple days. Tuesdays and Sundays and the occasional Wednesdays I vacuum the house so that I can keep up with the overwhelming amount of dust two kids, two parents, and two cats can make in a week. This helps with the allergies we’re all forced to endure as well.

Weekend Routine

The weekends are the times I do most of my housework…when all the laundry for the week is done, when the meals are planned, when I catch up the rest of the way on dishes, pick up the house, etc. I am still not used to not having the time I’m used to during the week, so these days still have the tendency to be wasted, but every Saturday’s a new Saturday right?

Health and Wellness Steps

Vitamins, rest, tons of disinfecting, and lots more are always on the to do list now. With all the sicknesses I and my kids are exposed to, I have to make this a priority because otherwise we end up sick every day. At this rate I’ve already missed days and days of work because of sickness so that’s huge during the week for me. NO MORE GERMS!!! I am on a routine of several different things, like D3, some natural mood enhancers, regular vitamins, and some extra stuff I’m deficient in, but when I keep missing days from having sick kids changing one’s health habits can make a huge difference.

Mealtime Changes

Now, here’s the fun part. We usually eat very well as a rule, with tons of vegetables and lean protein, but I usually add extra nutrition everywhere I can. I started buying more nutritional drinks from the grocery store since those add a few more vitamins to help combat this sickness season. I don’t want to overdo it, so I usually just add a bottle to the milk they already drink so that it lasts a little longer than normal. They both get breakfast at school, so this is just a tiny boost to their bodies to get them further than otherwise. Hopefully this will continue having a good effect in the next few weeks.

So, Why do you need to know this?

Well because if I can get on a schedule and benefit, then anyone can. I’m notoriously awful at keeping up any form of schedule or anything, so this is a sincere attempt to get myself in gear and be more productive at work, home, and with the kids’ education. If I put it here, then I’m more likely to keep up especially since I will be giving short updates on how/what worked and why. Failure is embarrassing, so I prefer to actually succeed and do it. There are a few ways this will help me financially as well. I won’t be using as many loads of laundry because I save clothes til there’s enough for a full load every time and will be putting them away right away instead of risking them getting dirty and rewashed again. I also get more sleep because I do things every day instead of waiting til super late to remember.

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