Getting Back on Track


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You know what they say: The higher you fly, the farther you fall. And boy, did we fly high this summer. We spread our wings and soared to far-off places like Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dover, Birmingham and more. After five weeks of driving on the "wrong" side of the road, living out of a suitcase, doting in-laws who did all the laundry in between trips, going to bed late because the sun was shining until nine-thirty in the evening, and trying a new English chocolate bar every day, it's not surprising that coming back home felt like more of a crash-landing than usual (Literally -- the day before we left the UK, Jammy did a spectacular face-plant into the sidewalk after skateboarding without a helmet, which was only further evidence of how far removed we had become from our normal rules and habits).


Going home meant going from walking in places like this:



To this:


Getting back to our schooltime routine this year involves quite a bit more than getting used to waking up early, so we're doing a couple of things to help ourselves out:


* Take it one small step at a time.
We were so far out of our regular routine that changing everything back at once would have been way too much. So we've been doing it gradually. We've traveled to the UK often enough to know that it takes about a week for us to get over our jet lag, so I made sure we arrived in the US two weeks before the start of the schoolyear. I also scheduled a few playdates for the kids because they literally hadn't seen any of their friends the whole summer, and we won't be signing up for too many afterschool activities this fall so the kids aren't too overwhelmed with organized activities.

* Write things down
After such a long break, tasks seem to be popping up like daisies -- I need to block off calendar dates for school events, sign up to volunteer, sign up for afterschool classes, schedule doctors' appointments and a million other things like the Spring Cleaning I never got around to finishing. Rather than rushing to do the first thing that pops into my mind, I find that making lists really helps me see the big picture and prioritize what needs to be done first. Plus, crossing things off lists is really, really satisfying.

* Make it a game
I'm taking a cue from Mary Poppins and adding spoonfuls of sugar to ease the painful process of watching the clock. We've turned our morning and evening routine into a game -- every morning the first child to be ready for school gets a point, and every evening there's another point up for grabs to the first child to be ready for bed. We keep track of points on a chart, and at the end of September the child with the most points gets to choose whatever activity they want for a family day.

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Dyl's Mom on September 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM said...

I use a dry erase board in the kitchen to write down a daily schedule for everyone to follow

Ashley on September 21, 2010 at 11:49 AM said...

I write a goal schedule/outline of how I'd like a normal day to go and try it out for a few days and adjust it as I go to make sure it fits well with everyone. I have daily to-do lists as well as weekly ones to make sure I stay on top of things, and my goal list is to help me make sure I'm not getting distracted by the tv or internet and spending quality time with my kids & family.

Melissa Z. said...

Getting back into routine is made easier by adjusting in increments. If the kids have been staying up later during the summer, then the week before school starts it is best if they start by going to bed 20 minutes earlier than they have been each day until they are back on their school sleep schedule. It makes for a lot less of a fight than suddenly switching back to their "old" schedule in one day.

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Lolli on September 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM said...

Finding and sticking to that daily routine requires some planning. The first thing I need to do at the beginning of the school year is figure out when everything is going to be happening. I plug everything into my calendar and then plan from there.

Sarah McKnight said...

How we got back into routine was going to early about 2 weeks before school and getting up earlier and doing my errand for the day!
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Kelsey said...

chore charts are key
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Ellen said...

Just trying to get in some walking everyday.
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*Tanyetta* on September 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM said...

We have a magnetic chore board and a family calendar posted to keep us all on track!

The Kauffman Family on September 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM said...

I do all of my shopping on the weekends, and take time on the weekend to cook up/prepare food so that breakfasts and lunches are easy to grab in the mornings.

Megan on September 21, 2010 at 12:10 PM said...

As a mom, it's difficult because if I mess up the routine, it's done for. But my number one rule is sticking to bedtimes. The kids need plenty of sleep!ew

when I am weak, He is strong on September 21, 2010 at 12:11 PM said...

I try and make sure everyone knows what is expected of them. If the kids aren't aware of the routine and what you expect, than it's not going to work!

Jill on September 21, 2010 at 12:17 PM said...

Routine is important and planning is super helpful to me - I plan out weekly meals, grocery lists, to dos, appointments, etc. on a dry erase calendar in our kitchen so I always know what's going on.

Danielle on September 21, 2010 at 12:23 PM said...

Schedule and routine are definitely key to great starts in our house. Making sure the kids are in bed every night at the same time, helps with the morning routine.

SFHoneyGirl on September 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM said...

Ever since my son was 6 weeks old and started sleeping for 11 hours at night, I haven't broken my routine with him. It's adjusted over the past 18 months, but consistency is key! I'm sure with more than 1 child that will change, but right now I do everything and anything I can to keep his schedule consistent - even on vacation. Sleep is the #1 thing I don't compromise on - naptime and bedtime. So important for his sanity as well as mine!

Kat on September 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM said...

I write everything on the calendar, keep a to do list and leave reminders on my phone :)

Sashafras on September 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM said...

We try to make sure that the girls have time to just play everyday. As long as we have that, the days seem to go more smoothly because they know they still get their play time.

Vickie Seiler said...

We go to bed earlier and read for a while before going to sleep. Then we can get up earlier to get ready for school.

Catherine said...

I don't have school age kids, my daughter is only 20 months old. But I've found with her the day goes much smoother if we keep things on somewhat of a schedule. Eating and napping/sleeping etc at the same time each day.

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Shannon on September 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM said...

A set bedtime is our secret. The kids also have to pick out there clothes and round up their shoes and back packs, so we aren't searching for them in the morning! A family Calendar helps us all know where we are going!

peachykeen817 on September 21, 2010 at 1:07 PM said...

I'm a list person, and I too enjoy crossing items off of lists. I got myself a fancy clipboard (one that has an inside compartment as well), and everything that needs to get done gets written on the sheet of paper on the front, while miscellaneous papers/mail/coupons/whatever that needs to be dealt with goes inside (and is written on the list). I'm becoming more efficient and organized, two big things!
Katherine
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The Clothspring on September 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM said...

my iPhone! I found a rewards app for the kids that they love to get stars on, so now they can not wait to get things done to get their star. Plus I always have it with me.

Mami2jcn on September 21, 2010 at 1:45 PM said...

Keeping our schedule organized on a dry-erase calendar helps us a lot.

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stephanie said...

i put everything on one calendar and that is basically my brain! we stay on top of things by completing any homework as soon as the boys get home from school so no late night surprises of unfinished work.

DensieD on September 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM said...

I plan (and sometimes cook) my meals in advance for an easy & early dinner.

Anonymous said...

Take a bath at the same time every night.

Anonymous said...

We go to bed early so that we wake up and have time to have breakfast before we get our day going.

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Jessica on September 21, 2010 at 5:28 PM said...

I carry "my brain" (my planner) with me everywhere so all our information is right at hand. I buy a school planner so there is plenty of room to write down all critical information: appointments, shopping lists, whether Daddy has school so I need to pick up the kids, what day is school spirit shirt day, etc. Even if it seems inconsequential, I write it down so we don't forget, and it's all in one convenient place. Of course, if I ever LOSE my brain, we'll be lost ...

Tuesday Girl on September 21, 2010 at 5:29 PM said...

We have a calender that is color coded for each kid so they can see what is coming up for the week like parties, sports, activities etc.

Crystal on September 21, 2010 at 6:25 PM said...

I make lists galore!
A daily list of what I need to accomplish, to fulfill my weekly goals I would like to accomplish!! Helps things run more smoothly, and hubs can help too if he sees I am falling behind (or is thinking of doing something counter productive ;) )

shannie on September 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM said...

Calendars and apps on my phone are great ways for me to stay organized and remember everything!

Kendra on September 21, 2010 at 8:54 PM said...

I have a written hour by hour schedule. I am not to strick with it if something comes up, but It is really nice to have!

Kristie on September 21, 2010 at 9:13 PM said...

i have to write a to do list each night to help me keep on track each day! my planner/calenday is my best friend. . . but i also have to be flexible!

Christi said...

Making daily lists & prioritizing to ensure everything gets done.

Alyssa on September 21, 2010 at 11:16 PM said...

For my family, staying on a strict bedtime schedule means everything. When we stick to a certain bedtime and a certain wake-up time the day goes so much better. A wall calendar help as well.

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lael on September 22, 2010 at 7:22 AM said...

sticking to a routine can be tricky, we use a daily schedulea and allow fridays to be our free night. assuming we do a good job and have everything accomplished then we celebrate, incentive works great.

Pamela on September 22, 2010 at 7:35 AM said...

Wow, incredible summer. I think consistency is very important. The kids need to know what is expected of them and let them run with it. My girls know what they need to to everyday after school: clean room, homework, reading, and piano practice and then the time is theirs. But, you have to flexible with whatever else is going on, too. My weekly calender is key to keep track of it all.

Linda on September 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM said...

I'm starting a new schedule at work and actually trying to establish a new routine. Still trying to figure out the best one.

Shel on September 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM said...

I make sure we have a good after-school routine so everything gets done the night before; I don't like running behind in the mornings and the stress that comes with almost being late. I make sure my daughter and I do the evening lay-out together and I always ask "Are there any Mommy-papers I need to sign now??" Surprisingly, there usually are and if I wouldn't have asked, she wouldn't have given them to me.

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bdiane34 on September 22, 2010 at 6:22 PM said...

I have stuck with the same routine for years now. It is a must for our family to prepare early about 2 weeks before school starts we go back to our school hours bedtime, bathtime and wakeup time.

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harasarahxo on September 22, 2010 at 8:36 PM said...

To get my family back in routine we prepare ahead of time whether it be back to school, a crazy weekend or coming back from a family vacation. I take time out each day to pick outfits, prepare dinners in advance and snacks for lunches. I usually plan meals ahead of time and I always make lists and notes on what to remember. It usually takes some time for things to get back to normal but we always settle quite nicely.

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allysmama on September 22, 2010 at 10:59 PM said...

We keep things on track as well as possible by making sure we check and double check our calendar! I am in charge of maintaining the family calendar, and every night at dinner, we discuss our day and I add any new items to the calendar!
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KN on September 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM said...

I find having a large calendar with enough room to write all our appointments and activities that can be seen at a glance is key. And the FlyLady principles help, too!

erin m. on September 23, 2010 at 5:31 PM said...

Have you ever noticed you can't keep to a schedule while spending free time on the computer?
Yep! My tip is while on a time crunch try (yourself or for your child) to stay clear of the computer after dinner because that precious homework/quality time will fly right out the window!

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Natalia D said...

I just plan ahead! I know exactly what I will do tomorrow. I write down all the chores(nice and not so nice) and after complition of each I cross it out of my list.
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amandawk on September 24, 2010 at 4:45 AM said...

We use a calender on the fridge to keep track of everything.
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marelsa on September 24, 2010 at 5:21 AM said...

I have a giant dry eraser board which I update weekly, birthdays, anniversarys, meetings etc, erase them as they are dealt with I can see the week with a glance and highlight with different colors the truly urgent events

Jemma on September 24, 2010 at 6:30 AM said...

Our calendar on the fridge has a column for every family member. Between that and my daily 'to-do' list, we keep things running pretty smoothly.
Planning is key. Menu planning, grocery lists, getting school things/clothes ready the night before all help to ease the stress level.

Courtney on September 24, 2010 at 6:37 AM said...

get lots of sleep and lots of cardio! and eat veggies!

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Courtney on September 24, 2010 at 6:40 AM said...

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Pets and their people on September 24, 2010 at 6:42 AM said...

The key is Mom staying in a routine. I do that by planning my week from meals to schedule. if mom is on time and following the schedule, kids are likely to follow by example

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amp on September 24, 2010 at 7:04 AM said...

Task lists and calendars posted in a very accessible place is key so everyione knows where they need to be and where everyone else is.Also easing into changes is best and trying to make the more unpleasant things and tasks a bit more fun.

Carol on September 24, 2010 at 7:04 AM said...

The key is to have a Mom planner. I write everything down and that is always what helps me stay on routine.

AJ on September 24, 2010 at 7:08 AM said...

The best way to find a routine is to get one that fits the schedule of all in the family and the best way to do it is always do the same things at the same time as much as possible. Also it might help to write it down so all members of the family won't forget.

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use a great day planner

Jenn S. on September 24, 2010 at 7:42 AM said...

We put everything in a calendar and plan for the next day each night before bed. Each family member is a different color on the calendar.

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Barbarawr on September 24, 2010 at 7:47 AM said...

Trial and error is the best way I know. I know that it's best to exercise in the morning because then you WILL find time for it, but that racquetball is very bad for me in the morning (my body isn't awake until later - I ached for TWO DAYS after that!!). So now I walk in the mornings and if I want to play racquetball, I do it later in the day.

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Alice said...

I try to keep stuff written down on my calendar til it becomes a habit.
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loni on September 24, 2010 at 9:52 AM said...

I think the way to get into a good routine is by just doing it over and over ...you will eventually fall into what works for you

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER on September 24, 2010 at 9:55 AM said...

we do the quarterly calendar thing and all is open with appts- class schedules- things due

jessica62781 on September 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM said...

We just do the old fashioned writing things down on a calendar and it works just fine.

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mar on September 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM said...

For decades I have been making a daily list of chores. I check them off as completed. This has kept me on track for accomplishing my daily tasks.

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girlforgotten81 on September 24, 2010 at 10:43 AM said...

I hate to say it, but we rely on good old fashioned memory, an alarm clock, and the calendar...Hey, works for us!

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peg42 on September 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM said...

We keep a schedule posted on our fridge that each of us follow.
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Mysharona on September 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM said...

I keep a list of things to get done each day and my family and I follow it.

5webs on September 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM said...

My tip for a good daily routine is not to have one! I hate doing the same thing over and over again--it feels like being on a treadmill to me. So I make a point of always making different lunches and dinners and having different activities to do. That way it feels like every day is a surprise.
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crboyd on September 24, 2010 at 12:50 PM said...

My best tip is to finsomething that is first of do-able for you, and also something that is easy to work into your schedule. That way each day it is part of what you do without thinking, it just comes naturally. :)

oona. on September 24, 2010 at 1:37 PM said...

My tip for a daily routine is to have family meetings on Sundays and plan out at least four healthy meals together for the week, plan school lunches (have a menu for kids to choose from), and go over the week's school obligations, so we are all on the same page and can start out Monday morning calm and organized!
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jemscout425 on September 24, 2010 at 2:06 PM said...

I have a weekly routine, but i find it helps if I write a list the night before.
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Kimberly said...

I'm a big fan of using an egg timer to help my daughter stay on-time. I find it to be a huge help!
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Stephanie on September 24, 2010 at 2:51 PM said...

dry erase in kitchen to keep track of important dates/times, children in bed at same time every night, no tv until homework done.
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sodahoney on September 24, 2010 at 3:20 PM said...

I use google calener to keep everything running smooth

Callina on September 24, 2010 at 3:21 PM said...

I do have a personal calendar in my dining room and try to stick to it as closely as possible. This is how I've built myself a healthy daily/monthly routine. Thank you.

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sodahoney on September 24, 2010 at 3:22 PM said...

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Kiara said...

My best tip is to always use a chore chart it make things a lot easier.
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nickieisis3 on September 24, 2010 at 5:17 PM said...

dry erase boards in the kitchen and sticky notes on the computer.

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ckfrrt on September 24, 2010 at 5:40 PM said...

I program the important events in my phone and set a reminder alarm for at least one day in advance so we don't miss important things.

twinmomoftwins on September 24, 2010 at 7:27 PM said...

I use my computer calendar so I remember what activities are coming up. I start each morning with a smile and I write a list for the grocery store so I don't forget anything and stick to the weekly meal plan.
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Nicole on September 24, 2010 at 7:28 PM said...

I don't have any kids, so I don't have a really busy schedule, but my boyfriend writes a lot of lists, and I just really have to try a lot of things out before I know what schedule is best.

Nicole on September 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM said...

I blogged about it. :)

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Joy on September 24, 2010 at 8:59 PM said...

I find the best way to stick to a routine is to make sure there is some fun or reward moments in the routine to keep it enjoyable

Anonymous said...

just make yourself your top prioirt

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Super Frugalette on September 24, 2010 at 9:45 PM said...

I use the "sticky note" program on my laptop with my to-do list, works well for me. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jessica on September 24, 2010 at 9:58 PM said...

I allow "down time" in my daily routine. You can't stay on track if your daily routine is set up to burn you out
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amj1989 on September 24, 2010 at 10:52 PM said...

I just keep a daily planner and calendar to keep track of my daily routine

skytoucher on September 25, 2010 at 12:29 AM said...

A dayplanner helps. I like the ones with pretty pictures and inspirational phrases to motivate. Then it doesn't feel so much like scheduling.

GALENA on September 25, 2010 at 6:48 AM said...

use a day planer/ calandar

Tina12312 on September 25, 2010 at 7:53 AM said...

Writing everything on the calendar is the only way I can accomplish this. Thank you!

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buzzd on September 25, 2010 at 8:17 AM said...

We make a daily schedule posted for everyone to see. That helps us remember what to do and we can check off what is done

Anonymous said...

A paper schedule with boxes to check off things as I get them done works best for me.

julis55 on September 25, 2010 at 8:55 AM said...

I write everything down on a calendar

Jenn on September 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM said...

I stick to an every Sunday night soak in the tub. I need that hour of getting lost in the bubble bath to be ready for the week ahead.

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ms-texas on September 25, 2010 at 10:55 AM said...

i keep a daily planner!

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EyeBeeLeaveEweHoney on September 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM said...

Find the routine that works for your family by trial and error. I think there is no other way. Once a schedule is established, stick to it! Habits develop after repeated use. Once you get up at the same time every day (weekends included) for a couple of weeks, it will be so easy. More energy can be found simply by getting up and going to sleep at the same time.

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hity88 on September 25, 2010 at 12:09 PM said...

I keep track of my daily routine up to date on my PC's calendar. It never forgets.

Susan on September 25, 2010 at 3:21 PM said...

The first thing is finding a routine that works for you. It is hard fitting everything we should do into a day, so make sure to do things that make you healthy and happy.

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The Sunshyn on September 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM said...

I write all the details down and make sure that individual responsibilities are understood. Its left up on the fridge as a reminder.
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jappleseed on September 25, 2010 at 3:53 PM said...

you first have to want it, then it will come easy

her5boys on September 25, 2010 at 4:40 PM said...

I found that if I get a good friend to do it with me, then we can support each other and get on with it!

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Scott on September 25, 2010 at 4:58 PM said...

chore charts are great

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sksweeps on September 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM said...

Getting up at the same time every day and keeping lists and prioritizing the things that need to be done!

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ellie on September 25, 2010 at 6:47 PM said...

I have a large write-on family calendar that runs my life. Everything is on their from appointments to when bills are due.
Without it my house would fall apart.
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sweepmom on September 25, 2010 at 6:56 PM said...

I am not big on routine myself but I do find that some things require it. For those occasions I ease the family into the routine weeks (and sometimes months) before we really need to start so that they become comfortable with it gradually and it doesn't seem like much of a change.

Lim on September 25, 2010 at 7:06 PM said...

As far as finding a good routine, write down what NEEDS to be done, say first thing in the morning. Is there time to do it all? Now put them in an order that makes sense. If you have slopply teeth brushers put getting dressed AFTER brushing teeth.

Now that you have the most important things taken care of, look and see if there are any things that SHOULD be done, like making the bed. Take a look at the list of "needs" and see where it makes the most sense to fit it in.

jmcharries on September 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM said...

My best tip is to add new things to your existing routine. If you try a whole new routine it is hard but if you add things at similar times to what you already do you can remember better.

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T @ The Happy Clipper on September 25, 2010 at 7:32 PM said...

We stick to a bedtime schedule to keep everything running smoothly.
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mmentor on September 25, 2010 at 7:52 PM said...

please n thank you

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Sometimes, you just need to jump right into it again . . . especially if your on the lazy/slow side like me. =) Thanks for the chance to win!

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purplelover04 on September 26, 2010 at 7:07 AM said...

To me it best to try to stick to the doing the same thing in the morning for aleast a month then u will get us to doing it every day.

purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

purplelover04 on September 26, 2010 at 7:12 AM said...

i tweeted https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/25592490278

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clc408 on September 26, 2010 at 8:29 AM said...

My tip is to make up a healthy routine that includes good meals, taking supplements and exercise and stick to it as much as possible. As the Nike ad sayc, "Just do it!"

makeetis on September 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM said...

I have to start my kids about 3 weeks early into getting into routine. I started by putting them into bed about 10 the first two nights then 9 the other nights. After about 6 days they were doing great with going to sleep shortly after 9. I would get them up early like they were going to school and have them go through all the motions because they needed to know if they needed more time getting up instead of rushing around. By the time school started they were not tired or anything. they were ready to go.
brewerchickey78@yahoo.com

Nanci on September 26, 2010 at 11:46 AM said...

We decide if we are buying or bringing lunch every night. I put post-its everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Just going to bed early and keeping a list of things to do helps a lot.

MCantu1019@aol.com

Bacallsmom on September 26, 2010 at 3:26 PM said...

A routine is good, but something to think about is that, the older you get, the more you get stuck in routines. While you're still young, employ the routines, but don't fall in love with them. Some day it may be harder than you think to be spontaneous.

bbentry [at] aol [dot] com

Stephanie on September 26, 2010 at 5:44 PM said...

We use dry erase calendar/lists in the kitchen for everyone. It keeps us organized and establishes routine!
stephcrs339 at gmail dot com

Just call me b on September 26, 2010 at 6:24 PM said...

We try to get things together on Sunday night...to help us have a better, organized week!

llinda29 on September 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM said...

If you have a big family keep to a schedule

Tina12312 on September 26, 2010 at 7:28 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/25648149880

happyenchilada on September 26, 2010 at 7:30 PM said...

The ONLY way I can keep it together and organized in the morning is to get everything (Kids' clothes, backpacks, sporting equipment) is to do it the night before..my kids and I are the anti-morning family!
kessandcrystal(at)aol.com

happyenchilada on September 26, 2010 at 7:31 PM said...

tweeted too!: http://twitter.com/happyenchilada2/status/25648433006

Min K on September 26, 2010 at 8:26 PM said...

my tip - notice what you WANT to do

Min K on September 26, 2010 at 8:28 PM said...

mkvegas tweeted

hale2005 on September 26, 2010 at 9:00 PM said...

Get up at the same time everyday and shower right away.

hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

Some Lucky Dog on September 26, 2010 at 9:41 PM said...

Don't just make a schedule. Make the schedule fit your family. For example, when my grandson gets home from school (he live with us) he needs to run off some energy. He is allowed to play till dinner. I make sure dinner is ready early enough that he has time to do his homework afterward and then have a little relaxing time before bedtime.

someluckydog at gmail dot com

Some Lucky Dog on September 26, 2010 at 9:45 PM said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/someluckydog/status/25657780761

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Some Lucky Dog on September 26, 2010 at 11:50 PM said...

I blogged!
http://someluckydog.blogspot.com/2010/09/blogher-and-one-day-womens.html

someluckydog at gmail dot com

April said...

Sticking to a routine by getting track of everything in my phone, is a life saver.

teenytig@sbcglobal.net

Liz on September 27, 2010 at 9:11 AM said...

make is simple and efficient and stick to it!

lizgiver at gmail dot com

Liz on September 27, 2010 at 9:14 AM said...

i blogged
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Liz on September 27, 2010 at 9:15 AM said...

tweet
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Kutty1101 on September 27, 2010 at 11:11 AM said...

We have a large color coded calender and review the next day events as a family, so everyone knows the plan.
Kutty1101 (at) aol (dot) com

Amie on September 27, 2010 at 11:38 AM said...

Well you do gotta do what works for you--for us, it's just staying to a routine, a schedule that works for everyone. It makes things run smoother, momma less stressed, and kids happier knowing what is expected of them.

Missybeez on September 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM said...

I have a board where I try to have myself and family stick to the schedule.
honeybeez80@yahoo.com

allysona on September 27, 2010 at 11:53 AM said...

we have a family calendar colored coded for each member of the family with activity times and chored and work schedules

katklaw777 on September 27, 2010 at 1:20 PM said...

I am a night owl so I make lunches and get things ready for breakfast after the kids are in bed.
My advice is to get as much done the night before as possible...
I empty, sort and discuss the contents of their book bags right after school as kids are having their afternoon snacks.
Homework done, book bags repacked and ready the night before.
The calmer things are in the morning, the happier everyone will be!

Amanda on September 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM said...

I am such a dreamer and I get distracted way too easily. I tend to forget when it's time to do things, so I started setting the alarm on my phone for the different things I need to do. I have them set for drop off and pick up times for both my kids schools, laundry time, supper time, and of course, for when Jersey Shore comes on lol... But this way I never forget to do anything that needs to be done and it hasn't failed me yet!

bepoia on September 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM said...

I just keep reminding till I'm sure they got it
bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tina12312 on September 27, 2010 at 5:32 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/25737516399

jlafount on September 27, 2010 at 7:32 PM said...

Just do it. Even when you don't want to. Just do it

cstironkat on September 27, 2010 at 9:36 PM said...

We make a calendar that holds all of our appointments, schedules, and activities. We get everything we need ready the night before and if there is a change we write it down right away.

cstironkat on September 27, 2010 at 9:37 PM said...

daily tweet https://twitter.com/cstironkat/status/25756196435

sarah on September 28, 2010 at 6:51 AM said...

My best tip for getting into a good daily routine is to get plenty of (or at least, *enough*) sleep at night. If you are tired, the routine is sure to suffer!

Tarah on September 28, 2010 at 7:47 AM said...

To stay on track but allow wiggle room for being side tracked!

Tarah
tarah716[at]ymail.com

wigget on September 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM said...

we keep the kids' monthly school calendar on the fridge

cstironkat on September 28, 2010 at 5:17 PM said...

daily tweet http://twitter.com/cstironkat/status/25834281554

Alisha L. on September 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM said...

I have found the thing that works best for me when having a daily routine is to write everything down, be a List person and keep the list on you..It also helps me to check off on the calendar how long I've kept the routine so I have extra incentive should I want to stray to not break my streak.

bakergurl02 @ yahoo.com

Vittoria on September 28, 2010 at 6:02 PM said...

my tip? make lists! it's the easiest way to get organized and stick to your plan!

DolphinV27@aol.com

Vittoria on September 28, 2010 at 6:02 PM said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/DolphinV27/status/25837389754

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Vittoria on September 28, 2010 at 6:02 PM said...

blogged: http://tiam0.blogspot.com/2010/09/more-giveaways.html

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Tina12312 on September 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/25841585498

Gretchen on September 29, 2010 at 7:46 AM said...

i get up at the same time every morning no matter what time i went to bed the night before. plus, my planner with my daily tasks is essential.

gretchen.kingsley at gmail dot com

tatertot374 on September 29, 2010 at 7:51 AM said...

I like to keep a routine by being consistent. Get up the same time do the same things in the morning. I also like to make lists so I dont forget something for the day
Thank you
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

COURTNEYSTOFFEL on September 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM said...

We stick to the same schedule. We make sure to go to sleep & wake at the same times. That way there is no disruption.

hebert024 at aol dot com

Tina12312 on September 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/25926856849

LAMusing on September 29, 2010 at 8:39 PM said...

I hate having a daily routine :) In fact, I managed to avoid it for most of my life. When I HAVE to have a routine, lists are the only way I'll get it done! I do like checking off the little boxes - gives me a sense of accomplishment.
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

LAMusing on September 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/25947285248
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

Norma said...

I have a certain type of calender that works for me, and it fits in my purse. I log in everything that needs to be there and check it every morning and at least once more during the day. I go nowhere without it!

bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

Brad on September 29, 2010 at 11:19 PM said...

If we write down everything that we plan to do for the day, we are much better at staying with our routine.

Charity Donovan on September 30, 2010 at 8:53 AM said...

We keep it constant through the summer. Everyone is usually so tired from outdoor activities so it just works out easier.

charityd AT centurytel DOT net

Ashjam72069 on September 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM said...

Timing is everything...it takes 10 minutes to brush, do hair and get dressed, 20 minutes to eat and two minutes to get out the door..we are never late!
ashjam72069@aol.com

Tina12312 on September 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/26017012929

fostertam on September 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM said...

We keep a daily schedule on the fridge so everyone knows what is going on for the day.

fostertam on September 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM said...

http://twitter.com/fostertam/status/26018810067

hiann88 on September 30, 2010 at 3:53 PM said...

We keep our daily routine on my Mac and keep it accurate. Everyone knows what's going on all the time.

gmissycat on September 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM said...

Kids need plenty of good sleep to think straight and to comprehend the days lessons. Vitamins after breakfast and check the list of things they need before they leave.
gmissycat@yahoo.com

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Janna @ Feed Your Pig on September 30, 2010 at 11:10 PM said...

make a calender to keep with you with your new schedule on it!
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clynsg on October 1, 2010 at 7:29 AM said...

I post schedules and appointments on a magnetic note pad on the refrigerator. That way we know at a glance what is the plan for that day.

cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

shirley on October 1, 2010 at 10:19 AM said...

We have a chart, and start -What did we learn last year one or two hours per day, a couple weeks before school starts.
supergrand2009@yahoo.com

JeanineMB on October 1, 2010 at 10:40 AM said...

We try to keep up most of our routines daily, even on the weekends. Much as we love to sleep in, it seems to make it harder to get up on the weekdays. We are also big list-makers!
jeaninemb at aol dot com

abitnerdy on October 1, 2010 at 11:48 AM said...

Planning on Sundays help a lot.
Meal plans and priority list are discussed, written down and then reposted on the handy dandy dry erase board..so everyone can keep track of it and it really helps on the visualization aspect.

amandawk on October 1, 2010 at 12:07 PM said...

I keep a calender and dry erase board on the fridge to keep track of everything.
amandarwest at gmaildotcom

Tracy R on October 1, 2010 at 1:28 PM said...

I make a list of tasks that need to be done and keep it on my computer desk.

Tina12312 on October 1, 2010 at 3:36 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/26121232704

jakiesmom on October 1, 2010 at 6:20 PM said...

i use a calender to schedule appointments on days my lil guy doesn't have school so he knows his school days are casual before he goes to school..he may have to run errands after school, but not before..which helps keep him/me less stressed
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

Amber on October 1, 2010 at 10:42 PM said...

I found an inexpensive magnetic white board calendar at Walmart this summer for my son's first year of school. We started in August filling it with our schedule and following it so that by the time school started in Sept. he knew what to expect for each day. Seems to be working pretty well.

Night Owl Mama on October 1, 2010 at 10:56 PM said...

I have an awesome dry erase calendar board that I found at the dollar store that helps us stay on schedule.

we just move our time schedule up as far as dinner and baths and bedtime and it works for us.

nightowlmamablogs at gmail dot com

katychick on October 2, 2010 at 1:18 AM said...

I make lunches at night and I lay out clothes for the whole week- by staking them in the drawers- we pack the backpacks in the car at night also. And bedtime is at 8pm- everyday even the weekends- that helps

tcogbill at live dot com

Deb on October 2, 2010 at 8:32 AM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/tnshadylady/status/26183899818

Deb on October 2, 2010 at 8:33 AM said...

blog post http://tnshadylady.blogspot.com/2010/10/one-day-and-blogher-help-you-get-back.html

Tina12312 on October 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/26221037166

chlorinebrain on October 2, 2010 at 7:34 PM said...

I use lists for my daily routine -- took me a while to find the best way to do things & even now I adjust it as needed (usually seasonally as what needs to be done changes).

rsbryswrrl on October 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM said...

We try to have the same routine every day so my son knows what's going on. I also rely on him to do some things on his own, and he feels like a "big boy" when he gets them done.

rsbryswrrl at gmail dot com

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