I’m all about routines, lists and general organization. I wear several different hats: Wife, mother, writer, organic farmer/ gardener and winter farmers market Manager/ Owner, to name a few 😉
Up until recently I also operated a fifty member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share program on our farm which was a type of co-op. I organized and scheduled several farmers crops along with our own two acres according to our needs. I also attended a weekly farmers market. Our farm had several wholesale restaurant accounts where we sold specialty sausages, eggs, other meat products and produce.
Our farm raised both hogs and poultry for meat and eggs. We also have an on-farm butcher shop. Cut flowers for bouquets was another branch on our tree.
Not to mention I write two personal blogs, the one you are reading and Wren In The Willows http://wreninthewillows.com/2013/10/28/irony/
I contribute weekly to The Detroit News, The Good Life blog http://blogs.detroitnews.com/thegoodlife/2013/10/17/how-to-incorporate-herbs-into-your-table-decor/#comments
More recently contributing weekly to “Your Home with Karie Engels” http://yourhomewithkarieengels.com/2013/10/24/how-to-create-a-friendship-garden/ and “Farm to Table, Field to Plate.”http://outdoorsexperiencejournal.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/kitchen-gardens-tips-and-ideas-on-how-to-create-your-own/
I also have a new cookbook and gardening book in the works.
I’m currently working on a new Food Co-op project at one of Michigan’s oldest nursery/ greenhouses. Besides the co-op, we’re working at creating a community garden as well as a farmers market there in the next few years.
On top of this and several other things I didn’t mention, I am a mom. My youngest children are six and three years old. They require much of my attention. Encouraging them to help and work along my side is part of the process as well. I couldn’t do all I do without the help of my children.
Being mommy is the most important of my ‘hats’ and it requires the most energy and thought. It would be very easy for me to get side-tracked and neglect them. That is why I do much of my writing and computer work ‘after-hours’. Knowing my limitations helps to me stay focused and organized. I know where to dry the line and not over-extend myself. I know when to say ‘no’ to a project that just doesn’t fit into my life.
To the point… I have a lot to organize and my time must be scheduled accordingly. I don’t have time to diddle-daddle or fly by the seat of my pants . Every minute is precious and must be used wisely. I plan on a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal agenda according to what project is at hand.
Over the next month I’m going to help you get your life organized by teaching you how to set and maintain routines. Routines are the key to success in life and when you have a plan of action written down to visually see, you will succeed!
There are many benefits to creating routines which include keeping yourself organized, scheduled and on track. You’ll be able to create daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal routines that will be geared toward your life and what is happening with you and your family.
Today lets look at the first important element in creating a happy organized life!
Creating and Maintaining Routines
How do I create routines?
*First, think about yourself and your needs.
*Next you’ll make a list. Get a notepad and write down what you’d like to accomplish in your home over the next week and through the current month. Remember to start small and don’t worry about trying to organize the list right now, you’ll do that later. Right now just focus on brain storming and write down everything you think of no matter how large or small the task.
*Write down your normal household chores, for example, laundry, cleaning out the fridge, etc. If you do any of these chores on regular days, jot that down too.
*Now make a list of your appointments for the current week and month in your notebook. Include yours, your spouses and your children.
Now that you have all the basics down, you’ll be able to create routines for everyday of the week and organize your time through the year.
The next step is my favorite! P.M.S.~ This is not going to be what you think…and this is for the next day, so keep posted!
How do I maintain my routines?
Like anything else, once things become a habit it’s much more likely that you’ll continue to do them. Routines are no different. By doing your routines on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, they’ll become second nature to you!
I also have my routines for each day of the week written down in a journal. I use to keep it open on the counter during the day so everyone could see it freely, although over the years I’ve drifted from this simply because they really have become habits.
Until then, here is a sample of my Morning routine.
MORNING ROUTINE- School days
“She riseth while it is yet night and giveth meat to her household…” Proverbs 31:15a
This would be during the school season. I have a different one for our summer schedule.
•5:50am~ Rise and shine with smile and praise in my heart and get the coffee brewing!
•Swish toilet and sink; get a load of laundry together to throw in.
•Brush my teeth; get a quick shower; put lotions on; get dressed.
•Have some quiet time with the Lord and a warm cup of coffee…
•Check email/messages; send any responses that need done.
•7:00am~ start waking the rest of the clan up… get breakfast going.
•Throw load of laundry in.
•7:30am~ everyone at table for breakfast; family devotions
•7:55am- Clearing off table; wash breakfast dishes; switch laundry loads.
•8:10am~ Get children off to school.
- 9:00 am- Think about my day; make list’s for jobs to be done; check my day planner
•Check menu~ take anything that has to thaw out of the freezer; make sure we have all ingredients for the menu.
Next we’ll look at P.M.S. and how wonderful it is!
If you missed Day 1 follow this link to see the schedule of topic posts!