One of the biggest effects of all the transition this Fall is to my daily schedule. Now I use the word schedule loosely. Yes, I have a planned hourly schedule for my day, but in reality, it just serves as a guide. I am not always following the plan hour by hour, but it helps to have already thought through the parts of the day. It was strange this time around to change Karis’ activities to “SCHOOL” all day long. Makes me miss her, but she is loving all the learning and activities and relationships she is getting to experience every day! I go through this kind of planning with significant changes (seasons, new jobs, babies dropping a nap, etc.). There is more about what that involves here.
Here is my revised version for the Fall. This is something I am constantly tweaking as I learn what really works and what doesn’t.
Here are a few of my challenges and questions I’m dealing with regarding my daily schedule:
- I want more time with the Lord in reading and prayer (though I also know this season of life lends itself more to prayer throughout the day and playing lots of worship music as I go).
- By the time I get the twins down for nap in the afternoon, I’m just tired and don’t follow through well with time with Landis or daily cleaning chores.
- I need more built in time for blogging.
At the end of it all, I need to aim for 2 things – diligence and flexibility. It may seem like those don’t really go together – that you either aim for one or the other. Actually, maybe only I think that, which is where I get trapped. But I need both.
- Diligence – The reality is I have a lot to do. The pace of every day is pretty high and there are not a lot of negotiable things on my to do list if I want a fairly clean house, have food to eat, and stay on our tight budget. If I hit snooze a couple times in the mornings, that time eats into my time with the Lord and blogging time. If I don’t stay active during naptime, I can’t find another time to get cleaning chores done.
- Flexibility – However, I have 4 kids that have lots of individual needs. Their needs for comfort, snuggles, teaching, or training and discipline often come right when I’m trying to accomplish something else. I want to be attentive and compassionate enough in the middle of all my tasks to stop and care for them.
My daily schedule is a constant work in progress. How about you? Do you operate from a master schedule? What are your challenges in keeping to a routine?