A rhythm is a routine that creates a framework for your day. A daily and weekly rhythm helps you focus and get things done as you flow from task to task. Establish a daily rhythm to get organized, keep your household running smoothly, and find the time to connect with the kids and do the things you love.
It is more than likely that you and your family already have some sort of structure or routine to your day. If not, odds are you are desperate to create one and that is why you have found yourself here.
Without structure, chaos reigns and overwhelm rules your world… At least this has been my experience.
How to Use Rhythm to Plan Your Daily Schedule
A rhythm is a flexible form of time management that directs the basic order of your daily routines and tasks. It is a lot like a schedule without the rigidity. A rhythm allows for change and flexibility where schedules fall short.
Get out a piece of paper, open up a new Word document, or click on the link to grab your free weekly rhythm planner before we continue.
Write Down Current Daily Routine
Our daily and weekly rhythms are designed to make our most important tasks into daily habits. A daily rhythm ensures that we don’t waste our time or perform actions that are of no value.
Start by writing down a list of everything you currently do or would like to fit into your daily and weekly rhythm. This can include chores, morning and evening routines, regularly occurring appointments, time for work, fitness, running errands and completing projects, family activities, and time to play!
Related: Establishing Household Rhythms
Daily Rhythm Planning: Establish Anchors
Establish the main points, or anchors, of your day. These anchors can be meal times, the start and completion of your work day, nap times, before and after school (for both moms and teachers), etc.
If you have downloaded the free weekly rhythm planner you will see that I have provided several different options to use as anchors already typed in. I have also included a page with the gray anchor spaces left blank if you would like to write your own.
You will only need to use one of these pages. Chose the one that fits your needs best and either make a lot of copies or use laminating sheets and a laminator to make a planner that you can reuse with wet erase markers.
Related: The Importance of Rhythm
Go With the Flow: Finding Rhythm in Routine
I like to think of a rhythm as a series of routines and tasks combined together in a harmonious flow. Once it’s there, you simply let your day unfold around it, allowing your daily rhythm to carry you as you easily move from task to task.
As a yoga instructor, I resonate with the idea of rhythm flowing with the breath. “Right rhythm” follows periods of expansion–breathing out–where you relate to the external world with periods of contraction–breathing in–where we relate to ourselves.
Too crunchy for you? The take home is this… Follow expansive energetic activities with restful activities or quiet creative pursuits, and follow these more restful periods with activity. This provides the energy and support you need to focus and get things done when you need to.
When you perform active high energy activities or passive low energy activities at a similar time each day–your body, mind, and spirit will all be prepared for the task at hand whether that’s going for a walk, doing chores, running errands, eating lunch, meeting with an important client, or going to bed for the night.
If an activity only takes you a few minutes to complete you do not need to alternate with every small step you take. The idea is not to spend too much time at either extreme.
Otherwise, it is likely that you will burn out and quit or get lazy and never get off the couch, and yet another attempt to get organized will more than likely fail.
Believe me, I know… I’ve been there.
Related: 10 Reasons to Make Rhythm a Habit
How to Create Your Rhythm or Routine
Fill in the spaces in between your daily anchors with the things you do daily and weekly.
The idea is to assign the spaces before and after your anchor points to complete specific tasks (chores, errands, work, exercise) during those times, and to have most of these tasks, excluding singular appointments and events, repeat on a weekly basis.
If you are using the free weekly rhythm planner that uses breakfast lunch and dinner as the anchors, you can also use it as a weekly meal planner by writing the meals that you would like to prepare down in the corresponding spaces.
Take your time, and do your best not to get discouraged. It takes time and effort to establish new habits and establishing a rhythm is just one long daily and weekly habit.
Once your rhythm becomes a habit it will support you even on the most challenging days. You may not know what to do next, but your rhythm will.
Just stay calm and go with the flow. You’ll know when you have found your groove when you move easily through your day without having to look at what comes next or think about your next activity–this is true freedom.
Creating daily, weekly, and household rhythms is an easy way to increase productivity and get organized for good! Follow a daily rhythm to increase your ability to stay focused, get things done, and find freedom within the structure of your every day.
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More Information About Rhythms and Routines for Parents and Caregivers:
- Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven by Barbara J. Patterson and Pamela Bradley.
- You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Third Edition: Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Development from Birth to Age Six by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
- Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer
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