If you’re new to my monthly workshop series, I host a YouTube Live the first Tuesday of every month! I talk about issues facing working moms, busy gals, entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and anyone else who takes living an organized and meaningful life seriously.
On the agenda for this month’s workshop is ROUTINES. My goal for this month’s workshop was to give you ideas to incorporate into your own routines. I’m sharing what’s working for our family and encourage you to think about what could work for you as well! Watch the February workshop HERE!
A lot has changed for my family over the last few years — selling the Day Designer company was a big shift for all of us — and I began to see that different seasons of life call for different systems. I no longer needed a daily planning system because I focused on the new routines and rhythms of our family. With three active young kids and two parents working on this new Whitey English planner venture, consistency became key. Consistency at times is even a survival mechanism for our family. Simply put: repetition makes recurring task lists much shorter.
Here are the types of routines that are working for our family right now. Watch the workshop to learn some tricks on how to set better routines!
- Sunday Routine. We got to church. We eat soup for dinner (more on that below). We don’t do activities. This is our day to get ready for the week ahead by tidying the house, ordering groceries, making sure backpacks are ready for school and doing all.the.prep.day.things! I just started using our new Prep Day Notepad and it’s been a game-changer for walking us through what has to get done on Sunday in order to have a clean slate for the week ahead!
- After School Routine. We have physically made a home for everything in our house. When the kids get home from school the know exactly where the backpacks and shoes go. We have a snack together, talk about the day, then segway into our evening activities.
- Morning and Evening Routines. This one is a work-in-progress for us which is exactly why I created the Routines Notepad. Because of the after school activities and homework, the time we have to perform an evening routine is condensed to less than an hour. That means there is a lot that needs to get done and it doesn’t happen if we aren’t diligent with our time. I’m using our new notepads to take notice of what works and doesn’t work for us.
- Meal Plan Routine. We eat the same thing each night of the week. It’s my Never-Ask-Me-Again-What’s-For-Dinner meal plan and it works. You can read more about it here and here or grab my free meal planning packet printable here.
Join me for a little boost and encouragement in this month’s planning workshop. I’m meeting you wherever you are, whether that’s in your pajamas, the carpool line or at your desk to give you real advice on what works for us. Taking an honest look at our routines is the best way to see how we can layer in meaning, depth and goal progress. Watch now!
I’d love for you to join me for the next planning workshop on March 3! Next month I’ll be talking all about routines. Mark your calendars for my Tuesdays at 10 Series every month in 2020!
Don’t forget we’re running a very special kind of BOGO in the Whitney English planner shop. Read more about our Buy One, Give One initiative here and get two planners for the price of one, now through the end of February. Will you join us in giving back?