I’ve been known to get myself in a little over my head sometimes. At one point in the recent past, I was working a full time job, working a part time job in retail, building my blog, taking a full time college class load online, and volunteering at my church. I also attempted to have some sort of a life with my just-as-busy husband, spend time with friends, and try to keep my house decently clean.
During this extra-busy time in my life, I really just fought to keep my head above the water. I remember one Sunday evening getting off work from my retail job, driving about an hour to my parent’s house to give a speech for my online speech class, driving home, and finally getting into bed to start my work week at my full time job bright and early the next morning. I was wore out, but I was also feeling proud of myself. I knew that if I could handle this for just a short period of time, my life would be better for it in the future.
Nowadays, life isn’t quite as crazy. I quit my part-time job and I’m not taking any college courses this semester. I am considering getting another part-time job, but I’m also thinking of using that time to pour more time and energy into this blog. For now though, I am content. I am still working full time, working on this blog, volunteering at my church on Sundays, and finding a way to keep my house clean. Here is what my routine looks like:
Wake up early.
I used to consider myself a night owl, but now I wake up at 5 am every morning. This gives me so much time to work on my goals and priorities before my day job.
In the mornings I especially like to get work done on my blog. This means I’ll write a post, edit a previous post before publishing, work on graphics, social media, etc. I know that if I at least get some blog work done in the morning, it’s been a productive day.
Work 8-9 hours at the day job.
This part is pretty much always the same (for now.) I head to my day job, and get home about 9 hours later.
Do some quick housework.
When I get home from work, I like to take about 10 minutes and do a quick cleaning frenzy. This usually involves:
- cleaning off the kitchen countertops
- de-cluttering night stands
- and unloading the dishwasher
This is enough cleaning to keep the house running day-by-day, and I can get to the more detailed tasks later.
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Make dinner and clean up after.
Me or my husband will usually make a quick meal – something easy like pork chops, spaghetti, or even pizza. After we eat, I load the dishwasher and wipe down the stove.
My favorite part of the evening–relaxing with my husband. We’ll usually watch whatever show we’re currently binge watching on Netflix. He has to wake up super early for work, so he usually falls asleep during this time.
Do some more blog work.
If I have anything left unfinished from the morning, I usually sneak out of the room and get that finished up. This is also the time I work on any training classes I’m enrolled in for my business, or catch up on other blogs I like to read.
Prep for the next day.
I do a brief preparation for the next day which usually involves getting my lunch together and deciding on what I’ll wear to work. Then it’s time to head to bed–I usually am asleep by 10 pm.
And that’s pretty much it. This routine allows me to get to work on my blog, relax with my husband, and make sure my house stays in order. I usually do some deep cleaning on the weekends, but I don’t go too crazy. Since it’s just me and my husband for now, we only do laundry one day a week, and the living areas of the house don’t get too dirty. By doing a few quick cleaning tasks throughout the week, I don’t have to spend my entire Saturday cleaning the house.
I’m glad to have found a routine that works for my busy life. While it’s not perfect, and I do have to make a few sacrifices, I’ve found a routine I can stick to and be happy with.
What does your daily routine look like? Are you getting as much done with your days as you wish? Let me know what your routines look like!