April 29

A Daily Routine is the Key to Success

Time Management


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What Does Your Typical Day Look Like?

Are most of your days the same?

Is that by design or accident?daily routine, success

You know, a daily routine is the key to success. That’s true for almost anything.

You can get more done, quickly and more easily if you have a plan that you follow each day.

Now of course, you won’t be doing exactly the same things each day, but you will be doing the same kinds of things.

My mother-in-law made me a set of tea towels when I got married. They had the days of the week embroidered on them along with a chore for that day. I’m sure you’ve seen something similar:

  • Monday is washing
  • Tuesday is ironing
  • Wednesday is dusting

Well, your daily routine should be something like that, only maybe a little more up to date.

How Does This Work?

We all have tasks that need to get done each day, and others that only need attention weekly or less.

Without a schedule of some kind, we are leaving these things up to our memory, or even worse – what we feel like doing each day.

Because most of us have a lot more to do than just clean the house.

Maybe you work – whether outside the home or not, a job is a job.

Or perhaps you are raising children, or care giving for someone.

That’s how a daily schedule helps out. It gives us a roadmap for each day, so we know what to do and when to do it.

How Do You Make a Schedule for the Week?

Start off with a calendar, a planner, or just a sheet of paper.

Now list the jobs that you need to do during the week to keep your home neat and clean.

Separate them by daily and weekly chores.

Now go back through your list and see if you can estimate how much time each item will take.

Block off any time during the week when you are unavailable; your work hours, for instance. Don’t forget things like the time it takes you to shower and get dressed.

If you cook dinner most nights, block that time off as well.

The time that you have left is what is available for you to get your cleaning done.

See if you can fit the tasks you need to do into your time slots. You might find it easier to group similar things together –  dusting all of the house at once, for instance.

Making Adjustments

What happens if you seem to have more tasks than time to do them?

Here are a few suggestions and things to check:

  • Do you have too many tasks listed for the week? Think about what you really do each week, not your idea of what you should do.
  • Are you sure about how long each task takes? For instance, I have a large kitchen and yet I know that I can take it from after Thanksgiving dinner messy to clean in 20 minutes by myself. How do I know that? I’ve timed it. More than once.
  • Laundry is another good example. It may seem like it takes a long time, but gathering a load together and putting it in the washer shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. And depending on who is in your family and how old they are, you might be able to cut down on some of that work.
  • If you really do have more to do than time, take a look at what can be eliminated or delegated.

Let’s Try That Out!

Once you have a daily schedule figured out, be sure to write it down. Put it in your planner, pencil it into the calendar, or put it in your phone. It might be helpful if you have a place for notes, too.

Don’t fill out the whole month; just one week at a time.

Now start out your week with your new plan in place.

Don’t expect perfection or wonderful things at first. It will take some getting used to, but by week’s end, you should be doing better.

Make notes each day on what worked, what didn’t, and also on things you forgot (it will happen) and how long it really took to do something.

I always try to time things at least three times before I come up with a number that I think is accurate. Sometimes, when you know you’re being timed, you act like it’s a race you need to win. Believe me, you won’t always be racing through those chores!

After the first week, pencil in your next week’s schedule, with any changes.

By the end of the month, you should have a daily routine that will help you keep the house clean and leave you time to relax.

Now that’s success!

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