Hello! Long time no blog. How are things?
Things with me are good! I just wrapped up a small group coaching cycle, am full swing into unpacking curriculum modules with our K-2 team, and have also been Work Planning with our leadership team for next year. Oh, and on the side, we’ve been hard at work getting next year’s Time & ToDo Planner going…exciting!
So yes, things have been good, but they sure have been busy.
And I have to say these last few days and weeks, I’ve been feeling especially overwhelmed.
More like I’m frantically thrashing through my days, rather than calmly and confidently flowing through them.
Do you ever have those days or weeks?
During those times when I’m feeling especially overwhelmed with lots of meetings, planning to do, and other commitments, I have to take a pause and get back to the basics. What are the basics for me?
Yep. Routines, Routines, Routines.
Daily routines provide structure for our days and everything we do.
There are five key, daily routines that really help me to feel more in control of my days and on track.
Oh my cherished, morning routine. I wake up particularly early. When it’s dark, it’s quiet, and it’s blissful.
This is my time to organize my thoughts and tasks for the day. To have some time for solitude and reflection. To “reset the room” from the night before, and launch myself forward into a successful day.
There are a few key morning habits, sequenced into a routine, that help make a great start to my day.
Start Up Routine
Once at school, I give myself 20 minutes to get set-up for the day.
Rather than diving straight into the thick of things, my start-up routine helps me make a smooth and organized transition from at home Kristin to Coaching Kristin :)
In these past few weeks, I’ve found myself not making time for my shutdown routine. Not good!
When I don’t take time to get “clear and current” at the end of the day, and organize for the next, I find myself taking more work home with me and creating more stress for myself the following day as I try to catch up.
20-30 organized minutes at the end of the day serves me well in setting up for the next.
When I get home after a long day, it’s super tempting to just sling my bag on the dining room table and throw myself down on the couch.
But nope. I’ve still got things to do.
The afternoons are when I take care of several of my “home management” tasks. Having a tidy home really helps keep me calm and happy :)
And so the day is done. After dinner, I have just a few more key tasks to complete that makeup my evening routine.
One of the most important being, shine the sink! When I give the kitchen and the sink a good shine before I go to bed, it makes the tomorrow’s early morning something to look forward to.
What a routine packed day, huh?!
How about you? Do you have any key routines that help you keep it together?
Or maybe you’d like to work on putting a few key routines into place. If so, I’d probably start with the afternoon/evening routines. Those two make a really good foundation to build from.
And if you’re interested in reading more about building positive habits and routines into your day, these are a few books I’d recommend checking out.
Thanks as always for reading! Looking forward to checking in again soon :)