You guys, life changer. A daily schedule are a must for any mama who wants to make the most of her day and have a little less stress and a little more peace of mind. Recently, I saw that my blogger friend Britt created a schedule to help her day run smoother. I was instantly intrigued as I love organization.
I crave routine and reliability in my life. First off, even if you are not the most scheduled type of person, a daily “schedule” can be SO beneficial for you. You can make it as particular or relaxed as you’d like. You can schedule in down time or breaks to catch up on the Real Housewives. Whatever works. I wanted to share my personal experience with implementing a daily schedule and why you totally need to write one, too!
I’ve even added a FREE download so you can customize and plan your day, too. The key to less stress and more enjoyment in the moment, in my opinion!
3 Reasons a Daily Schedule is a Must
1. Create Routine
Routines are not only amazing for kids, but they are amazing for adults and busy mamas! It creates a sense of reliability in your day, what to expect and aim for. I love having my morning routine the most and am trying to implement more routine for our afternoon when Noah is the most fussy. I plan for some quiet reading time and add in a set snack time after his second nap. For awhile there, we had kind of gotten off our routine and our day felt long and difficult. I’ve definitely noticed a change since setting up this daily schedule. I feel less chaotic, more focused, and Noah is more reliable and happier in general! Routine is something I swear by from the newborn days forward.
2. Stress Less & Feel Calmer
Since taking a few minutes to create our schedule, I feel like a whole new person. My stress levels have gone way down. I’m not kidding. It really makes such a difference when you physically write down what you plan to accomplish (realistically) in a day and you plan for little things like playtime with your kids or time to watch a show. I’m not saying you have to get super particular or rigid. Our days are different each day and have variety and flexibility. For me, I feel calmer and more intentional when I know I don’t need to try to get everything done during nap time because I have scheduled time in later to complete that task or whatever it may be. My mind during the day seems to be calmer and more relaxed because I’ve planned ahead and given myself reasonable expectations and structure.
3. Achieve Goals
I’m really not the biggest goal setter, but I do think a lot and expect way too much of myself. That has only intensified since becoming a mother. I have goals to teach Noah new things, encourage his development, get my blog on a schedule, do all the laundry, keep the house clean, meal plan, give myself breaks to relax, etc. With this loosely structured schedule, I am able to add times to do these things! I know that I don’t need to worry about fitting it in. Friday at 2:30 I take time to clean the house, everyday when we get up I allow Noah to play by himself and practice quiet time, and Monday’s I work on my blog during that 9:30 nap time. You get the point. I have flexibility each day for what I’d like to work on or do, but I have my basic schedule set in place which makes it much easier to actually accomplish my goals.
This is what our schedule looks like. We do not get everything for that hour done each day, it’s more optional ideas on what to do if I’m feeling stumped or unmotivated. I like my day to feel structured with the freedom to mix it up depending on the day!
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