One of the best things I ever did for my sanity is create a daily stay at home mom schedule.
It took me several months after being home (and going a little in sane) to realize I needed structure in my days. Before using a daily schedule, my days were all. over. the. place.
Some days I took a shower at 9 a.m., other days I didn’t get one until 2 p.m.
Most days I accomplished very little before lunch, and I stressed myself out trying to do all of my housework a couple of hours before my husband got home in the early afternoon.
I felt overwhelmed with the house work and didn’t spend the time I needed in prayer or reading God’s Word.
After being frustrated for several months, I finally started using a daily schedule.
Sticking to a daily schedule means I am less frustrated, my son is less whiny, I get more accomplished, and I actually have plenty of time to rest!
Not every day runs exactly as planned, but following a flexible daily schedule provides stability even on days when not everything goes smoothly.
If you are a stay at home mom, I encourage you to create a schedule that works for you. Below I will share what a typical day looks like for me. Your day may look a little different, but I hope it gives you some inspiration!
You can get a copy of my example daily schedule to create YOUR daily schedule.
My Stay at Home Mom Schedule
These times are approximate. I’m not a stickler for doing everything at the exact minute. But it is good to have direction for each day.
6:45 Read God’s Word, Journal, Prayer and throw a load in the laundry
7:15 Shower and get ready for the day
7:45 Breakfast and get kids ready for the day
8:30 Run errands, household chores, appointments, park, grocery shop, preschool, play time
12:00 Play with son outside or inside with toys or books
1:00 Son takes a nap. I work on projects that I couldn’t get done earlier in the day, and then work on blog work.
3:00 Son has play time, TV, puzzles, or play dough. I will play with him and also use this time to work or do something on my to do list.
4:30 Start supper
6:00 Clean up the kitchen. You can read more about my evening routine here.
6:30 Family time
7:30 Get kids ready for bed
8:00 Put son to bed. If you are looking for a bedtime routine, check out my one year old’s bedtime routine.
8:00 Me Time! (Blogging, TV, Call Someone, Read Book)
9:30 Go to bed
How to Create Your Schedule:
1. Create a Must Do List
Write down everything that you absolutely must get done each day. For us that is breakfast, lunch, dinner, getting dressed, cleaning the kitchen, time in God’s Word, playing with my son, laundry, daily chore, and family time.
2. Create a Want To Do List
Write down the items that you want to get done but are not necessary. The items that are not necessary for me, but what I would like to get done are exercising, television, and miscellaneous activities.
3. Fill in the Must Do’s in Your Schedule
On a blank sheet of paper write down the time you get up at the top of the page and the time you go to bed at the bottom of the page.
Then fill in all of the tasks that you must get done each day next to an approximate time. I would strongly recommend that you use a pencil so that you can erase and change things up.
4. Fill in the Want To Do’s
Now fill in the gaps in the rest of the day with all of the tasks you want to accomplish but aren’t absolutely necessary. Again, use pencil so that you can easily move things around until you get it to all work.
If you find that you have too many tasks to fit into your awake time, that means it is time to cut back. A book that has helped my decide what to say “no” to is The Best Yes* by Lysa TerKeurst.
There will be days that not everything gets done. That is why it is important to know the difference between your “must do’s” and your “want to’s”. On the days with lots of interruptions, I focus on getting the necessary tasks done and I don’t sweat about the others.
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