How to Find Your Perfect Routine As a Work From Home Wife (Plus My Personal Schedule)

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Routine. Either you love it, or you hate it.

I happen to love it.

Don't get me wrong, being spontaneous and switching things up is always great (and important to do!), but I feel most settled, productive, healthy, and energized when I have a solid routine to fall back on.

I'll be honest, it was a struggle to figure out what kind of schedule works for me, especially when I first started working from home - having no accountability is tough! But now, after doing lots of research, listening to my body, and getting my priorities all in line, I've finally found my groove.

I know there are a lot of other wives and mamas out there that work from home and have had the same struggles as I have, so I thought it might help if I shared with you how you can find your perfect routine ( Yes, it IS possible!), and what my own schedule looks like.

Let's start with the supplies you'll need. (Get ready, it's pretty intense.)

a notebook

a pen

a planner (or two)

Boom. Done.

Simple, right? That's exactly how I like it.

Okay, first let's talk about the notebook, it's my favorite. Any old notebook will do. I bought mine at Target for a decent price (I love this one), but you can go even cheaper if you want, or you can splurge a little and buy this gorgeous journal. Either way you go, this bad boy is going to be whatever you need it to be: a place for to-do lists, reminders, meal plans, doodles, notes, etc. etc. etc. This is crucial because you really can't create a perfect routine for yourself if you don't keep track of what's going on in your life. Personally, I like to use my own version of the bullet journal system to keep myself organized. (Never heard of bullet journaling? Check out this video! It will change your life.) It can be as elaborate or as plain and simple as you want. I love keeping a journal like this because it's much less structured than a planner so I have TONS of room to brain dump anything and everything before I make it nice and pretty to fit on the calendar.

Next up, the pen. Honestly, I don't have a lot to say about this one. I mean, a pen is a pen. Just like with the journal, any old pen will do as long as it gets the job done.

Lastly, you'll need a planner or two. This is where you'll be putting appointments, deadlines, coffee dates, and anything else that you would normally put on a calendar. (Bonus Tip: In my business planner I like to use the daily spaces for planning out all the smaller tasks, and the monthly calendar for all the big tasks and deadlines. This helps me accomplish my goals without cluttering up my personal to-do list.)

I know most people only use one planner for everything, which makes sense, but if you are struggling with keeping your work and home life separated (take a look at this blog post if you are, friend), I would highly recommend using two planners: one for your personal life, and one for your work.

That way you can create some distance between the two, even if it's subconsciously. However, if you like everything in one place and your brain can handle seeing all the things every time you open up your planner, YOU GO GIRL. And again, whatever works for you is what you should go with. Use your phone, pen and paper, a cute little thing like this, or you can fulfill all your planning desires with the mother of all planners by Erin Condren.

Alright, now that you have your supplies, open your journal and let's get to work.

First off, map out your ideal day and week from start to finish.

What do you want your mornings to look like? What time would you like your work day to start? What commitments and priorities do you have and where do you need to schedule in some down time? What needs to change? What things are successful in your current routine? What goals do you want to accomplish? Implement the steps to accomplishing those goals into your day. Find out where you have time to devote to work, where you need time to devote to your home and family, and plug your tasks into those slots.

For me personally, one of the main things that desperately needed a complete overhaul was my morning routine. Until a few months ago, mornings were not something I looked forward to. EVER. But then I read this little book called "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod.

I'm telling you, friend, that book was just what I needed.

It's all about filling the first hour of your morning with all kinds of good-for-you things like prayer, thankfulness, and exercise. If that sounds like something your mornings need, do yourself a favor and read that book. I promise you won't regret it.

The second thing that needed to change for my routine to become more efficient was my work schedule. Up until that point I didn't really have set work hours for my business. Either I worked on things halfheartedly here and there, or I worked non-stop. (Both of those ways don't work out so well in the end, in case you were wondering.) After I mapped out my ideal day and week, I was able to see (realistically) when I had time to work, and where I needed to draw the line. Now I'm able to work smarter, not harder. I get more things done in less time, knowing that I have a "deadline". I have a clearer direction and motivation to accomplish my goals. I no longer feel guilty taking breaks or entire days to run errands or meet with friends for coffee because I have open space specifically for that in my schedule.

Sound amazing? It is.

Next, create your "official" new schedule.

 After you have mapped out what you want your days and weeks to look like, take a step back and ask yourself, "How can I make this work in my life?". The key here is to be realistic. Don't fill every single nook and cranny of your time. I can guarantee you won't get everything done and that will only lead to you feeling overwhelmed, which is exactly the opposite of what we're trying to accomplish here. Instead, leave room for those unexpected things that happen in life and trust that it will all work out at the end of the day.

Once you have your ideal, doable routine detailed and finalized, make it official by typing it up and printing that baby out. Put it somewhere you will see it every day, multiple times a day, to keep you on track. Eventually it will become a habit, but for now refer back to it as often as you need to.

Here is my own schedule as an example for you:

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{ every day }

6:00 – wake up
6:05 – stretch
6:10 – gratitude
6:20 – quiet time
6:40 – workout
7:10 – Ryan
8:00 – breakfast / shower / today’s goals

{ Monday, Wednesday, Friday }

9:00 – focus work
12:00 – lunch break
1:00 – flexible work ( clean on Fridays )
2:30 – break / business social media
3:00 – flexible work
4:30 – business social media
5:00 – clock out

{ Tuesday, Thursday }

dates with friends
bible study
errands + appointments
house work
phone calls
etc.

{ every day }

9:00 – get ready for bed
9:30 – in bed

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And last, but certainly not least, start implementing your new routine. 

You know what they say... there's no time like the present! Set your alarm for tomorrow morning and start your brand spankin' new routine with all that fresh motivation!

To be honest, this will be the hardest part. It will take time for your body to adjust, but trust me, it is SO WORTH IT. Stay the course and before you know it you will be more productive, less stressed out, and a happier person all around - I promise!

In closing, I just want to add one little thing that I think is very important.

Give yourself some grace, friend.

We're all human. We all have bad days. This new schedule you're creating is not going to work out every day, and that is totally okay. Listen to your family. Do they need you? Be there. Listen to your body. Is it weary? Take a break. Listen to the Lord. Does he have something else for you to accomplish today? Do that instead.

Some things in life are so much more important than sticking to an old schedule anyway.

 

Have you tried this process? How has it worked for you? Comment below and share your thoughts and advice!

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