Summertime kind of throws your routine off a little. In my house, summertime is the only time schedules and routine get thrown out the window.
Now that the kids have finally started school, I’m finally thinking it’s time to get back into a real routine. If you have found yourself struggling to start a routine back up after a too-short summer vacation, this post has everything you need to start your routine back up.
How to Get Back on a Routine (With the Kids Back In School)
Getting back into a routine after the summer break can be hard. Motivation is all gone and your busy focusing on everything else. That’s why it’s important to start your routine off small and have low expectations.
When you get ready to start a routine, thinking about waking up at 5 am and not sleeping in won’t be easy. You have to tackle everything on routine slowly and one by one. This is the most effective way to form new habits and get back on a routine.
With the kids going back to school, it’s not unlogical to think your brain is going to be all over the place. After all, you still have lunches to pack, kids to get ready and a whole house to take care of.
That’s why creating a list of things that need to be done, or goals can really help you get back into your new routine. Adding simple task that needs to be done every day can allow you to schedule everything throughout the day and add a little liability to yourself so you get things done.
One of the best ways to get back into a routine is by setting alarms. Since alarms are kind of like deadlines, you kind keep yourself on a set schedule and leave little room for anything else.
Some common alarms that you can set to help you get back into a routine are things like; wake up, bus, start work, and get the kids off the bus. By setting alarms, you will not only become more productive but will also aid yourself in setting a new routine.
When I think about setting a routine and getting things done, I think about decluttering. I don’t know about you, but one thing I cannot stand is clutter. Clutter keeps me from being my most productive self and can be actually a bit depressing for me.
That’s why whenever I think about starting a routine, it’s important to give yourself a nice, clean workspace that allows you to think.
Allow Time for Yourself
One thing you need to do when your setting a routine is give yourself some time to call it quits. You need a little you time and a small amount of time for family and fun.
Getting back into a routine can be hard. In the beginning, you may find yourself getting off your routine more often than not. Be sure not to beat yourself up over this, keep trying and eventually you will build an awesomely, perfect routine!