When Your Routine Just Doesn’t Work {Creating One That Does}

Yesterday I shared my journey to finding and creating a routine that worked well for me in this season of life. Today I want to expand on that a little more and share with you some tips and tools that have helped me get back into a more structured routine.

Creating a Routine That Works For You- Sometimes your routine needs to change to reflect the season you are currently in. Here are some tips to help you think through your routine, plus a free printable to help you get organized!

When thinking through your schedule and creating a plan there are 4 things that I had to think about and work through to get to the routine that I currently use now.

1). Re-evaluate Your Current Plan

As I shared yesterday, the cleaning checklist that I purchased just wasn’t working for me. I wanted it to because I paid for it, and I stuck with it way too long. The simple truth is it was causing me more harm than good. It was making me feel overwhelmed and like a failure. I’m sure if you talked with the author of that particular cleaning checklist, that’s probably the last thing she would want me to feel too!

There were things I liked about the current system, so I made a note to continue to incorporate those into my new routine. The things that just didn’t work for me, like assigning chores to specific days of the week, I threw out.

To be able to stick with a routine, it has to work for you. I knew that vacuuming and mopping all the floors on Monday was unrealistic for me.

2). Examine Your Priorities

I’ve shared before about my mission statement and why I think it’s so important to have one. Developing a mission statement helps to determine what your priorities are: the people, the things, the relationships that are most important to you. You want to remember those priorities when setting up a daily routine.

Now I don’t hide the fact that I am emotionally allergic to cleaning, and if it was up to me the house would learn to clean itself! But as much as I wish for that, it isn’t going to happen. Someone has to clean it, and currently that someone is me.

I look forward to when my kids are old enough to teach them how to help around the house too, but right now I’ll settle for sweet, little Silas following me around with an empty spray bottle and a rag pretending he is cleaning alongside with me. It is so cute! 🙂

3). Make a Plan

There are hundreds of free, printable cleaning checklists available on-line. Just Google them, or better yet, search Pinterest for them! There are also many that you can purchase as well. I have found so many that are great, but I never found one that met all of my needs. So I decided to create my own. Creating a Routine That Works For You- Sometimes your routine needs to change to reflect the season you are currently in. Here are some tips to help you think through your routine, plus a free printable to help you get organized!My daily docket, as I like to call it, helps me to stay organized and focused throughout the day. I’m a pen and paper gal, so I like to cross off things on my list.

In creating my daily docket I thought about my daily routine that I shared yesterday. I included a checklist that I could cross off as I completed them. I also created room for a to-do list, specific daily chores (like dusting, clean bathrooms, etc.), and a separate to-do list for work-related items (for me that includes working on this blog).

One of the best pieces of advice came from reading the book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider of The Art of Simple. She explains that once you created your to-do lists, identify 3 most important tasks that need to get done that day. They can be from either to-do lists. I have included a special section at the top of my daily docket for those 3 specific tasks. If they get done, then everything else seems more manageable.

I also included places to remind me to take care of myself both spiritually and physically. I included spots for Bible reading and prayer reminders. If there is a specific prayer I need to pray for,  I jot that down and every time I look at my docket, I remember to say a short prayer. There is also room to write down a reading goal for the day. I have a long book list and I make reading a priority in my day, so I jot down the title of the book and a reading goal, like read 20 pages.

Creating a Routine That Works For You- Sometimes your routine needs to change to reflect the season you are currently in. Here are some tips to help you think through your routine, plus a free printable to help you get organized!

Lastly, at the bottom, I have included a spot to write out any exercise plans I have for the day and a place to record my water intake. Once I started recording how much water I drank through the day, I realized that I wasn’t drinking as much water as I thought I was!

I have made my daily docket available for you to print for free if you need a place to start. I have included two different versions. The first one contains the daily routine that I use, and the second one leaves that spot blank so you can create your daily routine.

{Click here to download your daily dockets}

4). Allow Room for Margin

Lastly, it’s important to leave room for margin because life happens. Some days I am super productive and my kids are very cooperative. Other days, not so much. Most days we are just at home, so I can get most of my chores done. But there are other days when we have errands to run, or we go to the park or another special outing.

So be realistic. That’s why I only included room for six tasks on my daily to-do list. I’m trying to teach myself that just because there are six lines, that doesn’t mean that I have to fill them all up!

If you still need more encouragement and practical tips, may I suggest two more resources for you?

Crystal Paine has a fantastic eBook titled 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life, and Amy Lynn Andrews has a wonderful eBook titled Tell Your Time.


 Both eBooks are wonderful resources to use to help think through your time and create a routine and habits that will stick. Plus both eBooks are very quick reads, which is a bonus in my opinion!


Don’t forget, you can download my daily dockets here to help you plan your day, and create a routine that will work for you.

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  1. I’m following along with you. I hate cleaning myself and luckily I have older kids who help out. I love tip #4. I always do, quite a bit actually. 🙂

  2. I just printed out one of your daily docket’s!! Thank so much for these, hopefully it will help to get me into a routine!

  3. Great books and tips. I’ve definitely found these tips have helped in my life to create a routine too. Always a good reminder.  I’d  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 

  4. I love this! Especially the I’m emotionally allergic to cleaning! I’m totally using that. It’s the truth I swear! If it’s not working it’s not working so you need to find something that does. Great sound advice. Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    1. Glad you enjoyed! It’s funny because when I first told my husband that I was emotionally allergic to cleaning he just rolled his eyes! We both had a good laugh at that 🙂

  5. I’m the same way! I used to have a girl that came and cleaned twice a week, but since we had to move, that’s not something we can afford anymore. I have a chart for housecleaning that I created – it lists things out by how often they need to be done – daily, weekly, monthly, 6 months and assigns them a day – the whole idea is to keep from having too much to do on any one day.

    Yeah, I rarely get any of it done when I’m supposed to! It’s all I can do to cook and keep the kitchen/bathroom/living room acceptable, much less get to scrubbing floors!

    1. Ha! I agree that some days things just don’t get done. I’m slowly learning to be OK with that. That’s a great tip about having chores listed out that don’t need to be done weekly, but rather monthly or annually.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hi there,
    I really like your daily docket! Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve downloaded both versions. I’m trying to make adjustments to the customizable daily docket; however, I can’t seem to get this to work. Any advice?

    1. Hi Elizabeth, glad you like the dockets. Unfortunately they aren’t able to be modified by computer. The blank version is meant for you to right in your routines. I hope that answers your question.

  7. Delegate, delegate, delegate! There are chores I don’t do any longer because they are delegated out to someone else. I clean the areas that I can, that don’t bother me physically, and someone else does the rest.

  8. Hi! I am loving your posts! They are a great help and inspiration! I have tried to download the daily docket but the link isn’t working. Is there another place where I can download it?

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