routine.

If you know me well, you know that my biggest challenge is my laziness. That being said, I don’t think being born with a particular character trait is an excuse for anything. If there was something I got out of my Bais Yaakov education, it’s this: we’re all born imperfect; and a big part of our purpose in this world, is to work with what we’ve got, to become a more perfect and improved version of ourselves. So yeah. I’m lazy. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to live a worthless life full o’ nada. No, sir!

If I’m left to my own devices, I could spend the whole day on the couch watching TV, or on my phone, or reading, or quite honestly, just staring at the ceiling contemplating the meaning of life. And I would only manage to get up a handful of times for a few necessary things, like food, for instance. But something that has always motivated me, and allowed me to be a somewhat productive person, is a good, structured schedule. I am so grateful for my son, because, as much of a handful as he is, he is, beyond doubt, the reason I do things. Picture restless said child jumping up and down on my head. That couch doesn’t look so tempting anymore, does it? So without further ado, here is my *ideal* daily routine for this summer. (Btw, for reference, my husband’s name is Dovid and my son’s name is Matis and he is 4 years old.)

 

6:00-6:30 AM wake up, vitamins, hygienic things, brachot, throw a load of laundry in the washer, daven, grab some water and a banana, go to the gym

6:30-7:00 workout

7:00-7:30 switch laundry to dryer, shower and get dressed

7:30-7:45 cuddles with Matis, and do makeup, hair, and accessories for the day

7:45-8:15 get Matis dressed, do hygienic things for him, make beds, fold and put away laundry

8:15-8:30 breakfast and coffee (my recently discovered obsession. I know, I’m a little late to the game), clean up from breakfast

8:30-8:45 do something educational with Matis and make sure his bag is all packed properly

8:45-9:00 drive Matis to camp

9:00-9:30 drive home and knock out some tasks from my to do list, or call a friend or family member

9:30-10:00 drive to work (I’m a professional organizer, by the way, for those who don’t know…hence, my love of lists and schedules)

10:00-3:30 PM work and lunch

3:30-4:00 pick up Matis from camp

4:00-4:30 go on a few errands with Matis

4:30-5:00 make dinner and set table with Matis, and play with Matis while things are baking/cooking

5:30-6:00 eat dinner and make lunches for tomorrow

6:00-7:00 clean up from dinner, do the dishes, and do a quick pick up of the house with Matis

7:00-7:30 Matis bath, hygienic things, pajamas, bedtime story, and lights out for the child

7:30-8:30 hygienic things for me, take meds (for dysthymia, more about that in another post), PJs, plan out tomorrow’s schedule, journal

8:30-9:30 chill with Dovid

9:30-10:00 read and shma

 

So as I said, this is my ideal schedule. Don’t know if I can accomplish all of this on a given day, but at least it gives me something to strive for. I would love to hear about your daily schedule and what you’d say your biggest character flaw is if you feel comfortable sharing in the comments. Like I said earlier, no one’s perfect, and the sooner we can admit that, and work on our imperfection (not for the sake of being perfect), but for the sake of growth and self-improvement, the better off we’ll be. Hope ya’ll have a great week!

 

Xoxo,

Nehama

 

2 Comments

  1. Dang this is quite a schedule! I find I get overwhelmed when I try to plan too much and then get down on myself when I don’t accomplish it. But it sounds like you’re realistic in realizing this schedule may not happen perfectly right away. And I belive you gave me this advice once: If I accomplish one great thing that day, (such as spending quality time with the kids or keeping my cool instead of losing it) that’s still a success!
    Good luck, I’m confident you’ll succeed in whatever you set your mind too! 🙌

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