Creating consistent routines requires intentional planning and a commitment to stick with them to create habits. When you are a homeschool mom, daily routines become even more crucial to a successful day. If you are uncomfortable with the notion of routines, you can think of these more as rhythms – a natural flow to your day that becomes more streamlined with regular practice.
We will talk about how to create specific morning and evening routines in another post, but for now, here are some tips to help you establish and maintain consistent daily routines:
How To Create Daily Routines as a Homeschool Mom
1. Determine Your Priorities:
Reflect on your needs, values, and goals as a homeschooling mom. Consider the activities that are important for your well-being and integrate them into your routines. This could include Bible study, self-care practices, exercise, personal hobbies, or time for journaling.
2. Set Realistic Expectations:
Ensure that your routines are achievable and realistic within the context of your daily life. Consider the time you have available, the season your family is in, the needs of your children, and any other commitments you may have. Make sure to keep your routines somewhat fluid and allow for flexibility.
3. Start Small and Build Consistency:
Begin by incorporating one or two activities into your routines and gradually expand from there. Focus on consistency rather than intensity. Consistently engaging in small self-care practices is more effective in the long run than sporadically attempting larger activities. I highly suggest reading the books Atomic Habits or Power To Change if you need some motivation building consistency in your habits.
4. Designate Specific Time Slots:
Allocate specific time slots in your schedule for your routines. This is known as time-blocking. For example, dedicate 30 minutes in the morning for self-care activities and an hour in the evening for relaxation and reflection. By assigning specific times to your routines, you are more likely to follow through and make them a habit. I use the weekly section in my planner to time block my days and have seen a drastic difference in my productivity and stress level. I have an entire Instagram account dedicated to planning, if that interests you.
5. Communicate with Your Family:
Inform your family members about your new routines and the importance of honoring that time. Communicate the significance of self-care to your husband and how it positively impacts your ability to support and nurture the homeschooling environment in your home. If your children are early risers and you are trying to implement a self care routine in the morning, this will take a time of adjustment for everyone.
6. Use Visual Reminders:
Utilize visual cues to remind yourself of your routines. You can use sticky notes, digital reminders, or smartphone alarms to prompt you to engage in specific activities. Visual reminders can help you stay on track and reinforce the importance of self-care within your daily life. I am a huge fan of keeping habit trackers in my planner, since I love checking things off a list!
7. Create a Ritual:
Establish a ritual around your routines to signal the transition between different parts of the day. For example, changing the oils in your diffuser or playing soft music while you engage in self-care activities can help create a relaxing atmosphere and signal to your mind and body that it’s time to focus on your well-being. I have certain essential oils that trigger my mind to relax or to wake up and get ready, depending on my needs.
8. Be Flexible and Adaptable:
Life is filled with unexpected circumstances and changes. It’s important to remain flexible and adaptable when it comes to your routines. If disruptions occur, such as sick children or unexpected events, be willing to adjust your routines while keeping the overall goal of self-care in mind. Embrace the ebb and flow of life, and remember that self-care is a journey, not a rigid set of rules.
9. Track Your Progress:
Keep a journal or use a habit-tracking app to monitor your progress and celebrate your achievements. Tracking your routines can provide motivation and a sense of accomplishment. It also helps you identify any areas where you may need to make adjustments or seek additional support.
10. Give Yourself Grace:
Remember that consistency is a journey, and it’s normal to have days when your routines don’t go as planned. Be kind to yourself during those moments and give yourself grace. Recognize that setbacks are a natural part of the process, and each day is an opportunity to start fresh and continue building consistent rhythms and routines.
Remember that routines are personal, and it may take some trial and error to find what works best for you. Stay committed, be patient, and enjoy the positive impact that consistent self-care routines can have on your life.