Learn how to plan your daily routine to get organized, ease transitions, increase productivity, keep your household, business, or classroom, running smoothly; find the time for self-care, and the freedom to do what you love with a Waldorf Daily Rhythm!
A Waldorf daily rhythm is a basic daily routine or schedule that can create a powerful framework for your day. Following a strong daily routine can increase productivity, and help your children thrive.
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.
What is a Waldorf Daily Rhythm?
A Waldorf daily rhythm is a flexible form of time management that directs the basic order of your daily and weekly routines and tasks.
Following a strong daily routine can increase productivity, help children thrive, and free up space in your schedule for the things that matter most.
A powerful daily routine can also help you find the time for self-care, and the freedom to do what you love!
A Waldorf daily rhythm is a lot like a schedule without the rigidity. A daily routine with a strong right rhythm allows for change and flexibility where schedules fall short.
How to Plan Your Daily Routine
Use the step by step instructions listed below to learn how to plan your daily routine to ease transitions, get organized, increase productivity, and keep your household, business, or classroom, running smoothly.
The main idea is to create a daily routine that turns your most important tasks into daily habits in order to increase productivity and get things done. Creating a strong daily rhythm ensures that we don’t waste our time, or, perform actions that are of no value.
Get out a piece of paper, open up a new document, or click on the link to grab your free weekly rhythm planner to get started!
Step 1 – Write Down Daily Rhythm or Routine
Start by writing a list of everything you currently do, or, would like to fit into your daily rhythm and weekly routine on a blank sheet of paper.
This can include daily and weekly chores, morning and evening routines, regularly occurring appointments, time for work, fitness, running errands, completing projects, family activities, self-care, and playtime!
Step 2 – Establish Anchors or Main Points of Your Daily Rhythm
Establish the main points, or anchors, of your day. These main anchors can be mealtimes, the start and completion of your workday, nap times if you have small children in the house, before and after school, etc.
The idea is to use the main actions that you repeat daily as the anchors or parts of the day that you plan everything around. Many people like to separate their day with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while others prefer to divide their day with before school or work, during school or work, and after school or work.
If you have downloaded the free weekly rhythm planner you will see that we have provided several different options to use as anchors already typed in. We have also included a page where the gray anchor spaces are left blank to make it easy to write in the anchor points that you prefer.
You will only need to use one of these pages. First, choose the weekly planner with the anchor points that best fit your needs, or, use the sheet with the grey blank anchor spaces and write your own main points.
We like wet-erase markers better than dry erase markers because they don’t rub off as you write, and, are just as easy to clean with a cloth and a little water.
Step 3 – Add “Right Rhythm” Into Your Daily Routine
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, spoke of rhythm as flowing with the breath. He said that “right rhythm” is a balanced combination of activities where we breathe in or inhale (internal activities), and breathe out or exhale (external activities).
As a yoga instructor, I resonate with the idea that our daily routine should flow with the breath as we move from task to task.
When we inhale we are immersed in internal or “being” activities. And when we exhale, we are primarily immersed in external or “doing” activities.
To put it another way, our daily rhythm should follow periods of expansion–breathing out–where we relate to the external world with periods of contraction–breathing in–where we relate to the internal world, or, ourselves.
Too crunchy for you?
The take-home is this… When you create your daily routine and weekly rhythm, you want to alternate between “being” and “doing.” In other words, follow expansive or energetic activities with restful activities and follow these more restful periods with activity.
How does following a “Right Rhythm” Help?
Right rhythms can help you use to power of habit to change your life.
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 it is going for a walk, doing chores, running errands, eating lunch, meeting with an important client, or going to bed for the night.
There is no need to alter being and doing with every small step that you take. The idea is not to spend too much time at either extreme. Make sure your day flows between “being” and “doing” by alternating restful self-nurturing activities such as meditation, yoga, arts and crafts, and eating, with external high energy activities such as completing to do’s, errands, and chores.
Over time following a strong “right rhythm” can create good habits and a strong daily routine because your mind and body will be prepared for the type of task you have planned for each moment of your day.
This is how you choose to create the life of your dreams… One habit or goal at a time.
Related: 10 Reasons to Make Rhythm a Habit
Step 4 – Write Your Daily and Weekly Routine in your Weekly Planner
Use your planner to write down your basic daily rhythm and weekly routine.
The idea is to assign the spaces before and after your anchor points as the time to complete specific tasks (chores, errands, work, exercise), and to have most of these tasks, excluding singular appointments and events, repeat on a weekly basis.
Daily routines and weekly rhythms are designed to make our most important tasks into daily habits in order to increase productivity. Following a daily rhythm ensures that we don’t waste our time or perform actions that are of no value.
If you are using the free weekly rhythm planner that uses breakfast lunch and dinner as the anchors, you can also use your weekly planner as a meal planner by writing the meals that you would like to prepare down in the corresponding spaces.
Learn more about how to combine daily and weekly rhythms into one big harmonious whole in household rhythms.
Step 5 – 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.
The idea is to turn everything that you do on a daily and weekly basis into a habit that you no longer have to think about executing.
When you no longer have to think about what you need to do next, you will easily complete your daily to-do’s. This will also free up the space needed to do the things you have always dreamed of fitting into your schedule!
Take your time, and do your best not to get discouraged. It takes time and effort to establish new habits. Establishing a daily rhythm and weekly routine is 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.
Waldorf Homeschool Daily Rhythm
Establish a daily routine or rhythm to ease transitions, get organized, keep your household (or classroom) running smoothly, find the time to connect with your children, and still have time for self-care!
Use your daily rhythm as the framework that carries you through your day as you effortlessly flow from task to task.
Below you can see an example of a basic daily routine… our Waldorf daily rhythm!
Daily Routine Example
We don’t follow this exact routine minute by minute every single day. There are a lot of variants in our day to day routine and household rhythms, but this generally follows that as we flow from day to day and week to week.
Some days flow more smoothly than others. Following a Waldorf daily rhythm can help the smooth days become more frequent over time.
Update: Now that our daughter has formally entered Waldorf education, which we highly recommend, our daily rhythm has completely changed. The daily routine listed below was used during the time that we ran a home daycare, and during the time when we homeschooled our daughter. It could also be used and adapted by homeschoolers with children of all ages.
Daily Rhythm Ideas
You can find all kinds of fun ways to get through your day as you learn through play on RoP… That’s why we’re here!
A few of our favorite ideas to get you started can be found below. The suggestions follow the same basic order as the Waldorf daily rhythm listed above. We have even included a few of our favorite meal options!
- Kids Yoga: Tips on Getting Started
- Apple Pie Oatmeal
- How to Raise a Helper
- Forest School: Outdoor Learning Ideas and Nature Activities
- Art and Craft Ideas
- How to Teach Kids to Sew with Burlap and Yarn
- Homemade Vegetable Lasagna
- Books That Teach Kids Important Life Lessons
- Read Aloud Fairy Tales and How They Benefit Development
Plan your Daily Routine and Weekly Rhythm
Creating daily and weekly routines and household rhythms can help make it easier for parents, caregivers, and educators to get through each day.
Following a daily rhythm or routine can help ease transitions, increase productivity, and get organized for good!
Find the freedom within the structure of your day with a daily routine and weekly rhythm that works for you and your family!
Learn more about Rhythms of Play HERE!
More Information About Daily Rhythm and Weekly Routines for Parents and Caregivers:
I’ve learned a lot about the power of rhythm and routine when I worked as an au pair (nanny) in Canada, while earning an M.A in Psychology, when operating a home daycare, and as a result of reading the books listed directly below, and, the books listed in Favorite Parenting Books for Raising Kids Zero to Five and Positive Discipline Books for Parents and Educators.
- 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 Rahima Baldwin Dancy
- Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer
We have also located a few great Waldorf daily rhythm resources on the world wide web that we have listed below.
- Daily Rhythm at Home and its Lifelong Relevance by Helle Heckmann
- Understand Rhythm in Waldorf Homeschooling by Jean over at Waldorf-Inspired Learning
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- Books That Teach Kids Important Life Lessons
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