Monday, January 14, 2019

Daily Rhythms

Emily took these photos last Friday when we woke up to a rare bit of frost on the leaves! Seeing the furry white edges is a novelty here and really is pretty.

I don't know about you, but one thing that helps make my days successful is to write out a list each evening before bed. First it helps because I get a lot of swirling thoughts out of my head and down on paper which means I can be more at rest at night. Secondly, it provides direction to my day. I may or may not finish everything on my list but the fact that items are written down helps me to remember what I need to be doing and also to use free minutes wisely. If we have five minutes before we need to leave, I look at my list or just pause and think - what can I get done in just a few minutes that will help me later.

This isn't anything fancy - I use a spiral bound journal and a sweet friend gives me one for my birthday each year so those are my list journals! We've recently begun writing out school work divided up by day rather than just relying on memory and it is helping one or two of my students as well!

In the month of January, I'm enjoying adding some organizing to my daily routines and tasks. I've been trying to do a decluttering task each day and also the Peter Walsh organizing challenge of the day. Additionally, I try to incorporate the Fly Lady missions into our daily chores - which means either my children or I or both will be working on these areas throughout the week.

What daily routines are really helping you right now? Are there any you hope to make a change in?

1 comment:

Mary Ann said...

I'm needing to reinstate some daily routines now that my life has so drastically changed with a new baby and all. This week I'm getting back to the discipline of getting up early and reading God's Word first thing. I'll be adding more homemaking routines (and I have some good ones in place already!) later but for now, this one discipline has really helped the flow of my days again. Two days in and I can really tell a difference!

I like the idea of making a to-do list before bed.