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The Secret Organized Moms Know for Having a Peaceful Day

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Self-care can seem like a thing of the past for busy moms. And trying to figure out how to have a peaceful day?!? Is there such a thing?!?

When my kids were little, I thought I’d never get a spare second to myself, other than when I locked myself in the bathroom (and even then, little fingers would always appear under the door).

But using routines for moms throughout your day is the best way to help you have more time for self-care and create a peaceful atmosphere all day long.

If the thought of creating a daily routine, even on your most basic days around the house, makes you want to run away, don’t worry!

Routines are surprisingly liberating. Just think of how peaceful your toddler is when you stick to a routine. Moms can benefit, too! 😉

If you’re struggling to find peace during your day, here’s how to use routines to create a peaceful mind.

Create a plan for your day (or week)

Have you ever had one of those days where you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed? One of those days when you felt like you were just going through the motions all day long? And at the end of the day, you felt like nothing was accomplished?

I’ve had more of those days than I care to admit. 😉

One thing that’s helped me to be more productive and have better, more peaceful days is creating a plan.

I first learned to do this in Make Over Your Mornings. In addition to planning ahead to create a stress-free morning, it’s helpful to set up your entire week.

On Sunday evenings, I spend about 15 minutes meal planning and making a list of the things that I need to accomplish the next week. I make sure to note upcoming appointments on my daily schedule and also set some goals for the week.

It’s also helpful to review your schedule at the end of every day, when you first wake up, or at both times. If there’s anything that you didn’t complete, move it to the next day. Then when you’re reviewing your day in the morning, you’ll know exactly what you need to do and when.

This will help you feel less stressed and more in control of your day. Even if something unexpected crops up during the day, you’ll have a better idea of how to handle it.

Time block your day

Time blocking is so useful to plan your day, even for days when you never leave the house.

When I was working, I used time blocking religiously to stay organized, but I never thought to use it as a stay-at-home mom until recently. But it’s made such a difference in keeping me organized (and keeping my sanity in check)!

When time blocking, the trick is to create blocks of time for different things that you want to accomplish.

Just be careful that you don’t overschedule yourself. Be realistic about how much time things take and make sure to leave yourself some margin time between each block.

Whether I’m home or have a day filled with appointments, I use my daily planning pages to time block. The hourly plan is perfect for days when I have several appointments while the page with three time blocks is great for days when I’m home and need to finish several tasks in the morning, during nap time/afternoon, and after dinner.

Related reading: 4 Things to Include in a Daily Time Block

Use multiple routines

Every day is different. There may be days when you don’t need to leave the house until noon and others you’ll need to be up and dressed by 6 a.m. Create different routines for each type of day.

The 5 AM Miracle

While many experts recommend getting up at the same time each day, I loved the idea in The 5 AM Miracle that it’s ok to have a different routine for your different days.

Even on your “relaxed” days, it’s still helpful to have a basic routine.

You might find that you follow a semblance of a routine, even without trying, but you’ll feel better once it’s documented.

Use time blocking to create different plans for your days, even if some of your days only consist of coffee time in the morning, lunch, dinner, and bedtime stories for the kids.

If you’re struggling to create your routine, try using the Morning Routine Template to decide exactly what to include in your routine and how long to spend on your routine.

Change your thoughts

While creating a routine is helpful to keep you focused, productive, and more in control of your time, changing your thoughts will give you a better perspective and help you enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

One of the best people to teach this principle for a peaceful life is Susie Moore in Self-Coaching Society. She treats you like an old friend as she teaches you how to pay special attention to your negative thoughts and transform them to find the silver lining.

self-coaching society

Add self-care to create a sense of peace

Adding some quiet time (even 15 minutes) at the beginning of your day while you enjoy a cup of coffee, write in your gratitude journal, or create a positive mindset by analyzing your negative thoughts, is a good habit to create a peaceful morning. 

However, if you don’t have time at the beginning of the day or before work, try spending time getting some fresh air or taking a short walk on your lunch breaks. 

Doing a short mindfulness meditation before bed can help you sleep better and improve your mental health.

By adding a sense of calm to your daily life, you can soothe your parasympathetic nervous system (your fight or flight response), reduce your heart rate, and improve your mental state.

Thankful Thought Journal

No day is perfect, but by using routines, you’ll be able to have fewer surprises and more peace during your day. 

Related reading on Organized Motherhood:

How to Create a Routine: Which Options Work

How to Create Your Ideal Morning Routine

11 Ways to Simplify Your Routine

Conquer Your To-Do List and Beat Overwhelm

15 Ways a Routine Can Simplify Your Life 

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Lisa (mummascribbles)

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

I always feel like I need to bring some schedule to the home. Not a rigid one but just one that leaves me feeling less chaotic! With Zach starting school, I am hoping that his schedule helps to get me sorted! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

Lucy

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Great suggestions! I am such a fan of being organised and having a routine :) #twinklytuesday

Michele Morin

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Heavens, if it were not for my planner and my lists, I'd be lost!

oldhouseintheshires

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Being organised is definitely the key and I love the idea of time blocking. I must try this as I tend to get carried away with one thing and then ignore other jobs. #Twinkly Tuesday

Jemma @ Popcorn for Lunch

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

As a disorganised and slightly chaotic mum of 3 young kids I found this post enlightening. I had never thought to schedule days spent at home etc. Need to start doing this as I think it would add structure and lessen the overwhelming feeling of chaos!! Thank you! #TwinklyTuesday