Hey there! Thanks for coming back. Last week I talked about the importance of having a routine and if you missed it, you can read about it HERE. This week I’m going to be talking about starting a routine or breaking it down. I’m breaking it into 2 parts so that you can focus on one aspect at a time.
If you are a person who is always running late, forgetting things, missing appointments, overwhelmed, hating life because you feel like you have too much on your plate….stick around! The key to a successful routine, which leads to greater time management, is to play to your strengths and then incorporate your weaknesses.
Let’s focus on strengths this week. What do you need? At least a couple of pieces of paper and some pens or a pencil. If you have a planner, bring it along.
Once again, colorful pens make me happy. Plus I like to categorize my family and my priorities by color. OCD but it works. Planner pictured is from Living Well Spending Less. This is not an on the go type planner unless you have a huge purse. I leave this one at home and it stays in my office but it has so much room to write that it is quickly becoming a favorite.
Remember how I talked about playing to your strengths? Do that here. Put down all of the things that are required from you. This will serve a purpose and you will see this come next week.
Play to your strengths
Put your responsibilities on a piece of paper sectioned out in days or use a calendar. The purpose is to use what you normally use. As you can see, I have appointments, some chores, extracurriculars, our school hours, and anything that serves a purpose for that week.
Identify your responsibilities
Now you need to identify what is your greatest strength in your routine. Is it cleaning? Maybe it is the ability to knock out work responsibilities very easily. What ever it may be, you need to identify and write down everything that it entails.
For example – and for the purpose of this post – I have a pretty solid cleaning schedule. It is part of my routine and when that gets out of whack, nothing else gets done. I have identified my most important parts of cleaning. These are things that are done on a very regular basis. This is what you are looking for.
Identifying your strengths and responsibilities helps to organize your routine
As you can see above, these are my things that are to be done every week. I do not have things that are every few months of longer. This keeps it simple. Remember to keep it simple. If you start getting overwhelmed, take some things out of there. Re-evaluate what is of the utmost importance.
If you look at my days in the planner, Wednesday doesn’t have a lot planned. That allows me to put more on my cleaning schedule so that I’m not overwhelmed and frustrated the other days. Now that I’ve identified my strength(s), I can incorporate my weaknesses. We will go over that next week. In the meantime, think of when the best times, yes times, that you are the most successful. Is it 9 am or is it 7 pm? Write that down. You’ll need it for reference.
Starting or even changing a routine can be scary. As humans, we don’t always like change but we are adaptable. That is why it needs to be simple. You can’t change who you are or what you have been doing overnight but with small baby steps, you can overcome and achieve.
Let’s go over what we just learned:
- Don’t underestimate a piece of paper and pencil/pen(s). They go a long way to brainstorming and identifying responsibilities.
- Identify your strengths. What are you good at that is evident? Clean house? Killer workouts? The person everyone comes to at work?
- Keep it simple. You need to have your strengths identified so that you can place them in your time of day as to work on your weaknesses.
- Breathe. Yeah, just breathe. Starting a routine to successful time management in all areas isn’t easy which is why we are taking this one step at a time.
There’s your homework. Try it out and tell me below what your strength is. What can you get done with little to no thought and no matter what time of the day it is?