When it comes to managing our home, our routine (or schedule) has been the single most valuable tool.
Many people are intimidated at the thought of setting up or using a routine or schedule. Many say that they function best without one, but I would disagree.
The truth is that nearly everyone has a routine or schedule.
How many of you have a day that looks something like this:
- Wake up
- Eat breakfast
- Eat lunch
- Eat dinner
- Go to bed
Do you do this nearly every day? Then YOU use a routine.
Now, it’s just a question of whether you wish to use your routine to accomplish more than eating and sleeping.
I recently posted our full schedule in detail here. Below you will see the basic, underlying plan, from there we hang on all the extra details.
I read long ago that one key to consistently getting things done is to “hang” important tasks on “hooks”. A hook is something that occurs daily. The five events listed above are the “hooks” we’ve used to build our routine.
Below are the tasks that we have hung on each of the “hooks” listed above.
1. Waking up
- Read Bible – Depending on reading level our children read through the Bible between 1-4 times a year. (This year the 7 year old is joining the older kids in reading through 4 times.)
- Dress, tidy room, personal grooming
- Before breakfast chores
- One hour BEFORE dinner time – regular chores During this time the whole house is cleaned and tidied, the table is set and dinner is prepared and put on the table. (I think it’s time to update our chores lists as I think the most recent list on here is from 2-3 years ago.
- Table chores
- Ready for bed
- Family worship
- Little ones to bed
- School work and discussion with Dad
There are many routines within this big routine. For example, during regular chores each child has a mini-routine to follow (they pick up after them self first, next they complete their assigned task, then they tidy in their bedroom). As you work within a routine you can build in more or less detail as it suits your family.
Having this type of routine allows for plenty of flexibility. We’re easily able to do “regular chores” (normally an activity that takes place right before dinner) right after breakfast if we’re going to be out all day.
As our children have gotten older, we’ve found that we give them areas of responsibility and they create their own routines to accomplish their tasks. (i.e. Kitchen duty – the person with this responsibility plans the dinner menu, creates the grocery list and prepares the evening meals. It’s the most coveted responsibility.)
As our family changes and our needs change the specifics of what we do changes, but this same outline remains.
You may also be interested in:
- Putting it all together: Fall 2012 schedule
- Summer schedule 2011
- Daily schedule 2010 – includes a schedule from when we had 4 children, 3 and younger
- Build a better schedule – tips for creating a schedule that actually works
- Daily Bible reading: How and Why
- Bible reading schedules – for reading through the Bible in 90 days and for reading through the Bible in 6 months
- Early Bedtimes
The other Moms of Many have this to say about their schedules: