Do you have consistency in your routines? If your routines are hit or miss, I want you to keep them simple for the next week. Use notes or a white board to help you. If you have an iPhone, you can download the FlyLady Plus app
from the iTunes Store. The routines, zone missions, and home blessings are loaded into the app for you. You just click and check them off.
Many of you have asked me how I keep up with my routines. It’s the consistency. My routines are short and sweet each day. Doing my Morning Routine is like a dance. I go from one part of it to the next without thinking about it.
Each step happens automatically because I have practiced it for years. I get up and make my bed, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, get dressed, and exercise. The caffeine does not even have to kick in for me to do my Morning Routine. After I exercise, I shower, swish and swipe the bathroom, get dressed, and start the laundry. I check my calendar and menu plan for the day. Then we start the Home Blessing for the day and begin school.
My boys know their routines, too. If you teach your children the order of their routines and stay consistent with them, they will do them. It will take some training and daily consistency if you have never established solid routines with them.
The afternoon routine fits in right after lunch, but it can also be done a little later in the afternoon. If you have little ones who nap, you need to rest, too. So include rest time after lunch, and then you can do your afternoon routine. Reboot the laundry that you started in the morning. Clear a Hot Spot or do a decluttering mission in the Zone of the Week. Deal with papers-school, mail, bills, etc. Drink your water. Start dinner.
Your Before Bed Routine is the most important routine of the day, and it starts right after dinner. I know you are tired at this point in your day. So am I. The kitchen is cleaned and sink shined. I take care of a hot spot because there is always a hot spot in the kitchen. I check the calendar and lay out my clothes. The only things left are to put on my pj’s, wash my face, and brush my teeth. The Before Bed Routine does not need to be complicated. You need time to relax, play with your kids, read to your kids, and get them tucked in bed.
Are you ready for a great week? Let’s keep it short and simple next week!
Today’s Zone Mission is to wipe the stove top and microwave.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is pizza and a salad.
Have a wonderful weekend!