I'm a creature of habit and routine. From building the most productive class schedule in college to scheduling my newborns sleep patterns, I'm obsessed with schedules. The daily routine of a working mom isn't glamorous, but its necessary to get anything done. The truth is, creating and sticking to a schedule takes hard work and persistence. It also requires that you know what you're working for.
Being a working mom and wife requires daily discipline. I learned early on that having a daily routine can help you have a successful day at work and home (with some time for yourself squeezed in too).
Here’s a sneak peek into what a typical day looks like:
5:00 a.m. — Good morning, good morning!
I'm a morning person. It's hard for me to actually sleep in because I find myself thinking of all the productive hours I'm missing out on (insert eye roll). I like to get up and exercise first thing in the morning before anyone else is awake. I like to get it out of the way so I don't miss out on time with the kids. Plus, a good sweat is a great way to wake up my body and mind. It could be a spin class at my local studio, Psycle, or a Beachbody video, like P90X or T25, at home. I cap that off with a protein shake.
6:00 a.m. — Get ready for the day:
After my workout, I check emails and social channels. I review my calendar to get my mind right for the day. I don't like surprises. I like to be mentally prepared, especially if I have a big meeting or presentation that day. One of the things I dislike about my day job is having to get dressed up. Not in a suit, but definitely business wear. I always feel like I'm playing dress up or pretending to be an adult, I'm much more comfortable in jeans or yoga pants, but who isn't!
I can easily get distracted at this point in the morning - maybe there are dishes to put away, laundry to change, or I get sucked into the social media vortex! Here’s one reason why I’m loyal to Nerium products: age-defying skincare solutions developed to fit a busy lifestyle, I don't have time for a 5 step routine!
7:00 a.m. — Wake the boys up for school:
When my kids were little, they were early risers, up by 6am. Thankfully, I stuck with sleep training; they learned to sleep through the night early on. As they've gotten older, I have to wake them up in the morning (especially on school days). Since I'm at work all day, I like to snuggle with the boys, get them dressed and drop them off at daycare. If we have time, we like to get donuts!
8:00 a.m. — Get Going:
Once I drop the boys off, its go time. During my drive into work, I enjoy listening to audio books. Lately its been motivational and business books, but I'm a big fan of sci-fi and other fiction as well. By the time I get to work at 9am, I'm already 4 hours into my day!
9:00 a.m to 5 p.m. — work, work, work:
Most of the day is filled with back to back meetings, conference calls and emails. I'm a Marketing Director at a newly launched Insurance agency. I don't usually go out for lunch - I admit that I often skip lunch or snack on something unhealthy from the convenience store in our building. When I'm able, I use the work day to pay bills, make appointments and plans for the week, weekend, month, etc.
5:30 p.m. — Pick up the kids and head home:
Before leaving the office I make sure that I have my next day planned so I can make the most effective use of my time. I use the drive home to decompress and get in the right mindset to spend quality time with my family. If I'm not listening to a book, I'm usually talking to my mom.
6:00 p.m. — Family Time:
It's hard to be "on" all day and then just turn it off, whether as a mom at home or a manager at the office. It takes discipline to put the phone down and truly be present for my husband and kids. I let the kids play or watch their iPads while I prepare dinner and we eat dinner together every night. I'm not a cook, but I received the best gift of a personal chef from my husband a few years back, so we have pre-made meals to heat up on most nights.
The kids aren't in school yet, so we don't have week night homework or activities to attend. I like to limit my evenings away from home to once or twice a week to give me some "me" time either meeting friends for dinner, getting a late workout, or enjoying a mani/pedi (that reminds me, I need to get one done).
8:00 p.m. — Kids' bedtime:
I used to dread the kids' bedtime, it was such a production to give them a bath, change diapers, give a bottle, read books, lay in bed... Since they're older now, it's mostly a negotiation of how many books we can read or how many YouTube videos they can watch before they need to lay down. We can generally get both boys down in 30 minutes - that's if we don't fall asleep in their beds!
9 p.m.— Wind Down Time:
I love unwinding with a good book or watching a show on Netflix with my husband. Since I've started my website and Nerium business, this part of my day has become my second shift at work, but I look forward to it. Isn't that crazy? It's amazing what pursuing your passion can do for your mind and spirit.
10 p.m. — Restoration:
Lights out! Most nights I'm in bed by 10pm, but if I'm writing or in a good flow, then this might slide to 11pm. I love sleep a lot. I'd rather not eat than not sleep. If work allowed it, I'd nap for at least an hour every day, but that's highly frowned upon.
So there it is! The daily routine of a working mom - I warned you it wasn't glamorous, but it is thorough and it works for us.