Organised Life Project 7: Create a routine that works for you

The Organised Life Project

There’s something really nice about reading blog posts about other people’s routines. They’re really popular on Pinterest, where we all pin aspirational ideas and think, one day, I can be like that. They’re fascinating, especially where there are lots of children, homeschooling or single parenting involved.

We definitely all need routines – you can read why I think there in this post – and I want to help you create a routine that works for you. 

But here’s the thing: one person’s routine does not fit all.

Our families are different. Our situations are different. We have different demands on our time. Different priorities. Some days will be more pressured than others. You might work on some days and not on others. Shift work presents another challenge. Children’s ages and commitments differ. You get the idea.

How to create a routine that works for you

I am not going to give you a routine.

Instead, I want to give you the tools to create a routine.

Actually, I’m not talking about one routine. I think we need a variety of different routines for different time scales. We need routines and systems for things that we do everyday, things that we do weekly (including family commitments like sports), and monthly. We also have seasonal things that need to be done.

So… Here’s your task

This might take a couple of hours, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll start, get interrupted and then have to come back to it. That’s fine. I’m giving you a few days to get this job done.

You’re going to do a brain dump.

Or a mind-map. Or a list. Whatever works best for you.

I want you to think through your week. What are all the jobs you think you need to do? What did you do? Write it all down.

If you would like FIVE free printables – yes, five, you read that right – to help you through this process, make sure you’re signed up to be part of The Organised Life Project. 


You can use my headings to inspire you, but please don’t feel limited by them: remember, this is about your family and your life.

So, here are the categories I’ve thought of:


Commitments e.g. work, sports, lessons, church, clubs

Relaxation/Self Care/Hobbies




That’s all. Once you have everything written down – and it’s fine if you add things later or take things off – just leave it. Don’t feel stressed by it; you’ve written down everything. Please don’t feel like you need to get it all done.

Once you’ve done that, head over to the next post: How to create a daily routine.

Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual Cleaning and Housework routines

By Naomi


  1. Reply

    Very excitied for this! I have signed up and I can’t wait x

  2. Reply

    Me too! Just signed up! I just constantly feel like I am not getting anything done properly. I’ve got my blogging a bit more organised lately, but it’s everything else! Looking forward to this! x

  3. Reply

    I’m really looking forward to this Naomi. I definitely need to be better organised and I struggle with routine. Hopefully you can crack me 😉 X

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