Jan 092019
MomViews: Creating A Weekly Schedule

It’s been nine months since the birth of our third child and adjusting to our new addition has been interesting.

Finding out we were going to be parents of a third child was terrifying. Fortunately, we worked through it and learned how to make time for just about everything by creating a weekly schedule.

Altering Morning Routines

At first, mornings were tough with a newborn and two under five. After her night feeding, I would do my best to lay her in the bassinet. Our little one is a kicker and she’d kick off her blankets, socks, etc. Anything that helped her stay warm at night would be thrown across the room. The cold air from the night would make her cough all night. The two large windows in our master bedroom didn’t help either.

Regardless of where we’d place her bassinet, she would feel a draft from the windows.

With time, we moved her to our bed. The warmth from our body heat helped her sleep at night so I didn’t complain. 

One thing I’ve learned in the past months is the importance of finding time to do the things I love. If I want to spend an extra five minutes in the shower, then I wake up earlier. If I’m working on a deadline, then I set time during the day to spend with the kids building LEGO pieces or watching a movie. It’s about learning how to balance my wants with my needs. 

Day-To-Day Schedules

Our kids love weekdays because we have things to look forward to during the week. We have a weekly schedule for us to make time to enjoy as a family and still focus on our individual goals.

During the week, we have movie nights and game nights for them to look forward to. It’s a celebration when we do game night because we can be a bit competitive with each other. 

Regardless of what our day entails, we always like to end our night before 7 pm. It’s around the time our baby is ready to go down. It also helps with cutting out liquids for our toddler and getting our firstborn ready for the next day. 

Creating Your Own Schedule

For the work-at-home parent who is looking to adjust to having a new baby, I highly recommend trying different work schedules throughout the week.

Remember, just because you try something once doesn’t mean it won’t work. An early work schedule might be successful on weekdays and not on weekends or vice versa. 

For me, early-morning work schedules don’t always go as planned during the week. Instead, I put the kids to sleep by 8 pm and get to work.

Maybe your issue isn’t creating a schedule, but actually sticking to one. I’ve been there. One thing I recommend trying is setting alarms on your phone for certain times during the day. This can help you better plan your day and give you the necessary time to tackle things throughout the week.

Have a weekly schedule you like to follow? Thinking of creating one for 2019? Tell me about it below!

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.


Reader Comments

  1. As the baby gets older you will probably have to change your work schedule many times. All about doing what is best for your family and trying to find balance.

    1. Oh yes! There was a time I was working at 4am (during feeding times) and then she stopped waking up that early. Now, I work after the kids have gone to bed. Unless I have a deadline or feel inspired, I won’t touch my computer during the day.

  2. I should start writing down a schedule. It might make my life easier. Right now I sort of go with the flow and hope for the best.

  3. I wish I was organized to create a schedule. I said I was going to try this year so I really need to put your post to use in my own life and get started.

  4. Congrats on your 3rd child! Time sure does fly. All of my kids are grown but I still try to keep a weekly schedule so that I don’t waste time when I should be working on my blog.

  5. I really enjoyed reading this post. I have a weekly schedule that I follow. It really just makes my day flow so much better.

  6. When we’re organized we’re not only able to get more things done throughout the day, but having a great plan provides us with a calm frame of mind.

  7. I thrive when I have a schedule. I always shop on the same day, run errands on the same day each week, and stuff like that.

    1. Yes! I was the same way. At one point, I had a schedule I wasn’t even sticking to because it didn’t make sense for me (at that moment!). It takes time to find the one that works for you.

  8. My work changes on a weekly basis, so I don’t have a true daily schedule…but I do have a morning routine and an evening routine that I am loving.

  9. We had three weeks off from school for the winter break, and the kids were totally off their schedule. Readjusting has been tough! Back to schedules and some normalcy so we all can be successful.

  10. My weeks are so busy but a schedule would really help me prioritize. I feel like I’m doing everything at once without any prioritization or order. Your post will steer me in the right direction!

  11. Some people feel a schedule is too restrictive, but when you have lot to do with limited time it’s a lifesaver. Thanks for your tips.

  12. I always create a schedule however I always make last minute changes due to unforeseen circumstances. I always try to comply with it. But I’m very flexible. I also make a checklist.

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