How to Create a Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

We all know that I'm a very organized person and I'm truly a creature of habit and routine.  So when people ask me to help them create a routine whether it's daily, weekly, or monthly, I have a process I use for myself when I first started to get on a routine.  Today, I'm going to share that with you.

Make a List

The first thing you need to do is make a list of regular tasks that you either already do or that you know need done.  You may already make lunches for the next day even if you sometimes forget until last minute (that's why creating a routine and using lists if helpful) but there are plenty of other things like washing the bedsheets, doing a deep clean of the kitchen, or cleaning the gutters that need done over the course of a year. 

So the first thing you need to do is make a list of everything.  It doesn't matter what order, just start writing.  Some things on my list are: 
Cleaning windows
Washing sheets
Menu planning for the next 2 weeks
Pulling weeds
Washing Floors
Choosing my work outfits for the week
Making my lunch for the next day
Backing up my computer
Clipping the dogs' nails

It's important to categorize each task by day, week, or month.  If your car needs inspected, that's once a year.  So you can also write down the month that you need to complete the task.  This step has to be done in order to create a calendar and a list in the next step.  If it's a task you do every week, you can also note the day of the week.

Make a Calendar List
Now for my favorite part!  You will want to get a calendar out and/or some lined paper to make to do lists.  Go through your list and depending on how often the task needs done, you'll write it on your calendar (mostly things that are weekly and monthly) and cross off the things on the list as you move them to their permanent calendar spot. For the daily tasks you can create to do lists with them.  You can do it on paper, a dry erase board, or even on the Notes app on your phone.

Start Taking Action
 Now you get to do the easiest part.... crossing them off the lists...after you complete them of course.  If you have extra time on a certain day or week you may even want to complete some upcoming tasks to get them out of the way.

That's it! That's literally how I do it and how I get everyone started.  Getting started the first time is the hardest part but I promise it gets easier and becomes more of a habit after that.  Just stick with it as best you can.  It's totally normal for things to come up that interfere but just make sure you get back on track eventually. 

Hopefully this helps you find a place to start when it comes to creating a routine for yourself and your home.

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