Last time, we put in all of our out-of-the-house obligations into a schedule.  Now, it’s time to make up your daily and weekly routine.   Personally, I have both a daily routine and a weekly one.   I have things that need to be done daily such as morning offerings, reading to Lil’ Bit, loading/unloading the dishwasher, etc.   I also have a weekly routine where I divide cleaning into room by day, I have an errand day, appointment day, cleaning day, yard sale hopping day (in summer), etc.  Most things in the daily routine fit into a day despite what I have scheduled for it in the weekly routine.  In other words, it’s not a tightly packed day 🙂

Don’t fall into the trap of putting in more than can be realistically done.   Think ESSENTIALS: Mostly things you already do, can’t do without, and a habit or two that you would like to add.   This week we are going to start with the first two areas of importance:  Prayer & Person.

Items to consider when making your prayer routine:

  • What practices are desired and REASONABLE based on my station in life?  Do I have any obstacles?   How can I overcome those?
  • When can I do my desired prayer practices?
  • Where can I do them?   Do I need anything special (notebook, bible, rosary, etc)?
  • When can I go to confession?
  • What about Mass?   Daily?  Sunday’s only?
  • Are there any special prayer practices or devotions I’ve always wanted to do?   spiritual direction, prayer groups, bible studies, Adoration, retreats, First Friday’s/Devotion to the Sacred Heart, First Saturday’s/Devotion to the Immaculate Heart, etc.

If you are looking for more guidance here, there are WONDERFUL prompts in A Mother’s Rule Life.

Items to consider when making your personal routine:

  • bath & beauty routines
  • eating
  • sleeping
  • doctor’s checkup’s (annuals, dentist, eye’s, etc)
  • exercise
  • decompression — Some people have a really hard time balancing their need to have time “off-duty” with escapism.   Keep that in mind when scheduling “me” time…

Next time, we’ll go into the partner, parent & provider roles.

God Bless!

4 Comments on Building a Household Notebook – Building Routines, Part I

  1. Alicia
    11 May 2010 at 7:54 AM (13 years ago)

    thanks for the prompting! I am working on my routines in my notebook now 🙂


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