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 When the Kids Go Back to 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, your mind is probably going to be all over the place. You have lunches pack, kids to get ready, PTO meetings to attend, and a whole life to take care of. You don’t have time to miss a beat. That’s why it’s important to create list and start a calendar of all of all of the things you need to get done and the appointments you need to attend.
By adding simple little task to a list, you can give yourself some liability to actually get things done. Whenever you’re crossing off simple task throughout the day, you won’t feel like you got nothing done all day, instead, you’ll see all the things you actually did.
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.
One of the best ways to finally get into the mindset of doing actual work again is to declutter. Clutter can literally effect you both mentally and psychologically, so it’s very important to get rid of as much stuff as you possibly can so you can focus again and feel good.
Since the house is probably already a mess from a fun-filled summer, it will probably feel nice to get things back into order.
Whenever you declutter your house and your workspace, you’re giving yourself more time to focus on the important things in life and less time to worry about where things need to go.
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!