Get a Good Routine Going

Get a Good Routine Going - a list of ways to simplify and organize your time for back to school.

I’m not ready for the school year to start, but the calendar tells me it’s getting close to time to suit up and get our game on. While we do write our own homeschool calendar, it’s important to me that we don’t get too lackadaisical with our time. I’m cool with going with the flow, jetting off to Europe for a month, and reading books all day in our jammies, but the math and science and all that jazz still need to happen.

If your kids go off to school, you know all to well the importance of establishing routines and getting in a good flow.

One of the things that I love about Back to School time is that it’s a fresh start toward organizing, routine, and finding ways to run our home better.

School is going to get back in motion in the next month if it hasn’t already, so consider how you’ll celebrate the Mom’s New Year with a good routine. Consider these ideas to help put a swagger in your step as you get things organized, including your time.

Set a time budget.

Time Management without a Schedule – This post from the archives explains what a time budget is and how to make time for important things without a day by day, hour by hour schedule.

Get a Good Routine Going - a list of ways to simplify and organize your time for back to school.

Get a to do list going.

A Post-it Note To Do List System – This is my new favorite way of tracking the things I need to do. I’ll be adding it to my new household notebook next week, likely in laminated form.

(Next week new OLAM calendars will be ready. Wait for it?)

Set yourself up for success.

9 Ways to Have a Great Week – These are some tried and true routines that I try to make a part of each week. I find that when these parts are all present, we can roll with the punches and still feel successful.

Here are some other ideas to help you and your kids get a good routine going:

Get a Good Routine Going - a list of ways to simplify and organize your time for back to school.

Routines for Mom:

Routines for Kids:

What routines do you make a priority at your house?

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  1. School doesn’t start here in Michigan until after Labor Day so all these back to school posts feel so early to me! That said, I’m looking forward to easing into more of a routine after this more laid back summer. We make the bedtime routine of utmost importance even during the summer. Once fall hits, I’m hoping to tighten up our morning routine in particular – I’ll have to check out the high five resource,

  2. We are going to have to develop new morning routines this year. Our oldest is heading off to middle school this year so we will now have children in two different schools starting at two different times. Our biggest adjustment is getting the bedtime and wake up times back on schedule. We have started that task this week. Our girls are only two years apart in age so we do can have a single bedtime for everyone.

  3. As we approach a new year I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about routines. I think I need a daily routine as well as a weekly rhythm. We have a pretty good daily rhythm that only needs minor tweaking for fall, but I”m trying to figure out our weekly rhythm. With one child who does not handle a lot of activity well I have to plan for lots of down days between “going out” days. Thanks for all the links and the inspiration!

  4. I can’t believe August is almost here. I’m not ready to start thinking about routines and school, but you are right – it’s time. Thanks for all the great links. I’m sure I have read them before, but I’m going to check them out again.

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