As a business owner (or even a freelance interpreter) having a routine and sticking to it can be one of the best things you can do for yourself.
I plan to share my daily routines with you but for now, I want to share with you my nightly routine.
My nightly routine helps me not only wind down, but it also helps me set up my next day for success. I have a husband and 4 children so this is going to incorporate my family as well.
I usually get home in the evenings at about 6 pm if I am not teaching American Sign Language, meeting a mentee, or a potential client.
On the nights I come home at 6 pm I…
Throw a load of laundry in. Before I do anything else, I make sure a load of laundry is washing so that before bed, I can put the load into the dryer. Our goal is to wash a load of laundry a day because our family is so big. It cuts down on the HOURS of laundry we would have if we only washed once or twice a week.
Spend time with my children. Sometimes we go for a short walk in the neighborhood or play a board game. I’ll even multitask and load the kids up and go for a Target run.
Eat dinner with my family. Braylon is super supportive and helpful and is home before I get home. Dinner is already ready so when family time is over, we eat dinner together.
Chores. After dinner, we make sure that the kitchen is clean. We are all assigned a day of the week for various chores. I will show you how we have our chart set up in a later blog post. Earlier I mentioned that we drop a load in when we get home so that by bedtime, we can put the load in the dryer. In the morning, we don’t fold the dry clothes. Instead, we fold them in the evening while everyone is waiting their turn to shower.
Review my planner. While we are all doing the above listed things, I go over my planner and make sure I am prepared the the tasks that are head of me.
Pack my bags for work the next day. I work out early in the morning at my unit so I pack everything I need to shower and get ready for the work day. I also bring both of my laptops (personal and government) with me everywhere I go so I make sure I have them in my rolling laptop bag. Then, I make sure I pack my planners and notebooks. Lastly, I pack my lunch and snacks.
I know it seems like a lot but hey, when you wear many hats you have to do what you have to do.
It took me awhile to figure out a routine that works for me. I was stressing myself out trying to emulate everyone else’s schedule – especially people who do not have any children. It’s impossible to follow a routine of someone who does not have the same responsibilities as you.
Figure out what’s best for you and stick to it. Life has a way of making us change the way we do things, so be prepared to shift fire and continue to carry out your mission.
Send me a note! I’d love to hear about your routine and how you came about doing so.