Last week I posted a morning jobs chart for my kids. We had created this to get the kids back into their morning routine now we are back at school. It certainly helped the kids get back on track, but I have found myself still floundering a little with my weekday routine.

You now when you have been super busy for some time and then it is all over, it just seems hard to get going again? I think I have been suffering a little from post busy syndrome! I was so switched on to making every minute count, now I have more time I have been finding it hard to know where to start with getting things done around the house.

Last year I had a plan in my head of what I needed to do each morning as I came in from the school run and it worked really well. So much of the kid’s timetables has changed this year, the routine just doesn’t fit any more. This week I am sharing a routine I have created to help get me back on track, to act as a prompt and get me started with my tasks.

The routine is a very simplified version of what I would do in a day, it doesn’t include my gym sessions, playing, catch ups with friends etc, but just the key household tasks that I would like to achieve each day. You can download a template of the weekday routine here:
Mum’s Weekday Routine

ActivityMonTueWedThuFri
AMPrepare dinnerPrepare dinnerToiletsChild free 2.5 hoursErrands
DustingLaundryVacuumWindows
Laundry
Kindy Gym
PMReading and Homework HelpSwimmingReading and Homework HelpLaundryPrepare dinner
Football training runReading and Homework HelpDancing and cricket trainingReading and Homework HelpFutsal
LaundryBathroom wipe downPrepare dinner
Laundry (sports uniform)Laundry

What do you do to get yourself into a routine around the home?

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  • Brooke February 24, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I’ve just started a new schedule for myself. It’s pretty in depth, yet flexible and so far is working great. My schedule covers everything from meals (like your menu planning), outings, regular activities, me time, chores, play (both with me and independently) for son and a better nightly routine. I’m totally aware that I’ll need to make changes and have already made a few. It’s amazing how much better my days are working and how much more time I have by slipping those necessary things in times I normally would have wasted. I’m planning on doing a little post about it in the coming weeks.

    • PlanningQueen February 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Let me know when you post it Brooke and I can share it with readers on facebook. I get lots of feedback/questions wanting to see what “my day” looks like.

  • Caz February 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Wow – that is fabulous organisation for you!!!

    • PlanningQueen February 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      It has really helped me get on top of things this week :) .

  • Kylie February 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    This is fantastic, I am struggling to get myself in a routine at home and have been playing around with doing a timetable up … you have inspired me to do so!

  • Maxabella February 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Nice and sensible. Mine is not that different in that I have my ‘chores’ mapped out around work time and child time. I like to get x done on a Tuesday and Y on a Wednesday. All part of my plan to keep weekends free for fun! x

    • PlanningQueen February 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      It is nice to have time to just be with the kids – we are having more of that now things have settled down and I am really enjoying it.

  • keepcatebusy (Cate) February 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Unfortunately a lot of my stuff seems to have crept into my weekend time at the moment – still floundering a bit with my new routine (and tiredness levels)…but hoping to get a better handle on it – hope this inspires me!
    Luckily for me, of all the jobs that I really like to do, the window is *not* on that list – *never* gets done (unless we’re having a party). So that’s one less thing on my list.
    Also pleased to see you too have laundry on everyday – when I first looked at it I thought it was just on tues…and I sighed because I don’t ever seem to stop doing laundry. But it seems that is universal :-)
    xxxCate

    • PlanningQueen February 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      No laundry is never ending……………..

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  • Christie February 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I need this! I just worry that I will write it down and it won’t happen :-(

  • JLow February 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    “Stumbled” upon this blog, thought I’d say hi, fellow parent :)

  • Von February 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Looks very do-able. And by that, I don’t mean that you’re not doing much! I just wonder if my new schedule is so detailed that I’m never actually going to stick to it. It could also be because I’ve been running backwards and forwards to school while my boys wait to start full days at Pre-Primary and Kindy. Or because I haven’t allocated enough time for reading great blogs on planning with kids! Thanks for sharing yours :)

  • Catch the Kids February 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    You are organised! I make a fairly detailed plan for each day, but every now and then, I just throw the laundry up in the air and leave. Movies with a friend or lunch with my hubby puts me back on track. Some days, you just gotta do what you gotta do….

  • claire March 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    i struggle on a daily basis with simple things like going to a doctors appointment ; on the “correct” day- MASSIVE FAIL.. I live in paper clutter, can’t find anything…just want to scream!!!!! p.s. love your blog

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