A Fresh Start

This is it. I'm making a plan and sticking to it. I've promised my son. There is no going back.

Our mornings are horrible so we've made a schedule that we are going to follow. No matter how difficult it is we are going to stay on track until we get used to it. I've read that it takes 30 days to create a habit. Getting started during the holidays probably isn't the smartest idea, but I'm always that person that waits until Monday...or the first of the month...or New Year's Day....or Groundhog Day....or whatever else will let me put it off another day. I'm hoping that by New Year's Day we'll be feeling like we are gaining some ground.

Our Morning Schedule

4:00-4:30 Quiet time with God - I need this, I really do.

4:30-5:30 Home Blessing (I've always called it housework but this sounds so much nicer)

5:30-6:00 Shower & Hair

6:00-6:30 Breakfast with Dylan

6:30-7:00 Bathroom time for me, shower for Dylan

7:00-7:30 I get dressed, Dylan has his bathroom time

7:30-8:00 Take Dylan to school and me to work

Note - I'm not leaving Kevin out on purpose, he just never gets up until we are out of the house because he doesn't have to be at work until 9am at the earliest.

This week will be a bit off because of the holiday, but here are our plans.

I'm heading down to the basement to clean. Later I need to run to the grocery so I don't have the fight the crowds later in the week.

PTA - Pack Thanksgiving baskets
Dylan's music lessons - Kevin will drive
Review Dylan's schoolwork

Review Dylan's schoolwork
Laundry & Ironing
Vacuum carpet & Quick dust with Swiffer

Review Dylan's schoolwork
Bake cookies for Kevin's Black Friday lunch (he works retail...yipes!)
Make slaw for Thanksfiving Day lunch
Make sure everything is set for Thanksgiving Day

Make sweet potato casserole and green beans
Mom's house for lunch
In-laws house for dinner

Put together tray of cookies for Kevin
Clean basement
Work on laundry

Clean basement
Work on laundry (yes there really is this much to be done)
Dylan's friend here to work on Science Fair project

Day trip with Mom, Dad, Kevin and Dylan to West Baden to see Christmas decorations.
Back home to make sure things are ready to start all over on Monday morning.

So, there it is. I'm putting our morning routine on the front of the fridge and in the bathroom so we can easily refer to it as we create these new habits. The weekly schedule will go on my weekly dry erase board on the fridge. I've already been using this to keep activities straight but now I'm going to put everything on there...chores, meals, everything. The hardest part is going to be getting up at 4am but it has to be done. At least until the clutter is gone. I hope to eventually hit a maintenance mode that won't require the kinds of hours I'm going to need to put in to get this place in order.

Now, I'm headed to the basement to get started sorting out what needs to go and what needs to stay. Wish me luck!

1 comment:

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Wow - I hope you begin to gain some ground in instilling this new habit for your life. I can't imagine 4 AM, but God can empower you to do ANYTHYING, especially when he has called you to it!