A Daily Routine Example

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Yesterday subscribers to my newsletter were treated to an article about how to establish daily routines and how they can make your days more productive.

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One of the suggestions was to map out your days, accounting for as much time as possible. In addition to things like chores or work, you were also supposed to include leisure time. “Scheduling in some Facebook time? Why yes, I think I will.” 😉

Today I decided to do the exercise myself to see if I could improve my own productivity.

What I expected to get was a grid with half hour times down the side and the days of the week along the top. Instead I found it much easier to do things in a list format and to assign hours needed rather than scheduling things around the clock.

Here’s what I came up with. I think it’s much easier to do and just as effective.

Work Days

Shower and breakfast: 1 hour
Work: 8 hours
Check email, Facebook: 1 hour
Dinner: 1 hour
Work on blogs: 1.5 hours

After 8:00 pm, the rest of the evening is mine to relax and enjoy as I like. A work day for me takes up 12.5 hours; most people are awake for 15-18 hours, so that leaves plenty of (guilt free) time to just relax.

At Home Days

Shower and breakfast: 1 hour
Work on blogs: 1.5 hours
Laundry – 1 load: 1 hour
Cleaning: 1 hour
Dinner: 1 hour

Days I don’t work only take 5.5 hours for me to get things done. That’s a lot of free time left!

I work 3 – 4 days a week; that means 3 – 4 days off.

Thats a minimum of 3 loads of laundry done, plus at least 3 cleaning chores done. If I wipe down the bathroom daily, it will take less than an hour to clean it. So on the day that I clean the bathroom, I can maybe clean the kitchen too.

Here is how I divided my housework:


That takes care of the basics. Changing sheets will be counted as a load of laundry. Everyone at my house is responsible for their own laundry. I do mine, plus sheets and towels. That can easily be covered in 3 – 4 days with 1 load per day.

I have at least one day that involves errands and appointments. If I block out a 4 hour block on one of my days, that should more than cover it.

Does this make sense to you?

From the looks of this schedule, I can get everything I need done and still have time for things like going to the gym or just watching TV.

Try your own and see what you come up with. You may have to play with it for a while to get it right. And if you have young children at home, I would factor a lot more mom and kid time in. You’ll need it!

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of Lacyestelle.com and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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