Setting a routine is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and your family. The number one thing successful people report as the key to their success is "a routine". Why? Setting (and keeping) a routine helps to set expectations, makes it easier to manage your time, and can even be good for your mental health.
When you're a busy parent, having a routine not just for you but also for your children is a fantastic way to get your life in order. It also sets your kids up for opportunities and challenges, helping them get into good habits.
One routine that experts agree is necessary for overall health, wellness and happiness is a regular exercise time. A study from the University of Bristol found that daily exercisers were more likely to have more energy and a more positive outlook compared to those who didn’t participate in a workout session.
Best selling author, and founder/CEO of Park Place Payments, Samantha Ettus says routines are an absolute must for radical change.
Samantha's company, Park Place Payments, helps people who are seeking opportunities to reenter the workforce, this often includes women who have taken time to stay home and raise a family.
"You have to act like you live by a train schedule. even if you don't commute. You need to put that kind of routine into your life so that you can change your financial positions, or whatever things you need to change radically. Sometimes it is routines that get you back into a new life." -Samantha Ettus
Starting with a solid morning routine and night-time routine can put you on the path to success. These routines will help you to use your time wisely, especially when you have a family. By creating a routine, you can make sure your morning or evening goes smoothly and you get everyone out of the house or into bed on time.
If routine is something you struggle with, start simple. set your alarm to go off at the same time every day and stick to it. Build in a workout routine which doesn't have to be a two hour sweat session. Start with 10 minutes and stick to that. Start also making a list before bed of what you want to accomplish the next day. Do this without fail every single night. Eventually other patterns will emerge and you will see how much easier things become when you stick to a routine.
I believe in you. Take one step at a time and don't give up!