Earlier today I posted a comment about my daily routine on this blog and after I read it I realised that it REALLY needed simplification because I cannot possibly be this busy between my work hours.
This is the comment that I posted:
Rise and shine. NOT.
Put on the coffee.
Make up bed.
Take a quick bath.
Put on my face.
Wake up kids.
Make up beds – my Tween boy does this himself.
Dress and get my Toddler ready – my Tween boy sees to himself.
Breakfast for my Tween boy.
Pack (already prepared) lunches into bags. T
Take something out of the freezer for dinner.
Walk through the house, switch off lights and geyser.
Move the car out of the driveway.
Leave home at 06:10.
Arrive at work by 06:50 after dropping off kids.
Draft a blog post or 2 or 3.
Catch up with personal emails.
Start working at 08:00am.
I am usually at work but I do some catch-up with whatever personal stuff I can get away with doing during work hours i.e. grocery shopping, banking stuff, sorting out insurance stuff or whatever is needed. I try to take a walk every day during lunch as well.
Arrive home at 17:45.
Start dinner and tidy up kitchen at the same time.
Homework supervision/ assistance for my Tween son – he usually does his homework at aftercare so it is a matter of checking and re-enforcing concepts.
Pack ALL bags for the next day.
Prepare lunches for the next day.
Clean kitchen (my DH usually put the kids in the bath while I am doing this) and tidy up lounge/toilet/bedroom if necessary.
Iron whatever clothing is needed for the next day.
Story time for kids. Both of them in bed from 19:30 onwards.
Blog/catch up with blogs/personal admin/emails/check calendars for the next day.
Try to read/journal/meditate a bit.
Go to bed by 23:30pm.
As you can see I am not getting nearly enough sleep but I am working on it.
I have looked at this since I posted it and I am trying to figure out how to further simplify my routine.
There is a definite imbalance in what my DH and I do both in the mornings and in the evenings. This is a regular issue between us but I’ve reached the point where I just go on and do what needs to be done already!
Some nights he works late and I have to do EVERYTHING.
Sometimes he works away from home and I have to do EVERYTHING.
Sometimes (only sometimes) he is home in the evenings but is apparently more tired than what I am and I end up doing EVERYTHING because I am too tired to fight about it.
Point is. This is taking way too much of my time and it is all GO GO GO! I am not really giving my kids any quality time (besides the occasional story which I half-heartedly read them because I am just exhausted by the time we get to this point) . I am doing as much as possible in the evenings to make my mornings run a bit smoother (my DH and I are not morning people at all) and I basically arrive home, put down my bag, switch on the geyser and start working full-out until the kids are in bed.
I got tired just reading my comment.
Is this ridiculous routine a consequence of me working full-time and not being in a position to afford someone (at the moment) to clean my house? Should I be doing less?
What are your routines like?