What is my typical daily routine?

Hello there everyone! How are you doing today? I’m a bit sick with a sore throat, nasal congestion, and a cough. I’ve had the sore throat for a few days and I thought it was an allergy (my allergies can mimic a cold), but I kept getting worse, so yesterday I started taking cold and cough medicine. It’s working but I’m requiring a lot of rest and rehydration.

I couldn’t leave you without a post today, especially since I sit here, with no electricity, but thankfully with wifi since we have a wifi battery (I don’t know what it’s called but that’s what I call it). It’s a lifesaver. I have never been so grateful for wifi in my life.

I have noticed myself isolating lately. I don’t text my friends as much (it goes both ways really since they’re not texting me either) and I go in and out of depression. Today has been a good day mentally, not physically. However, the 3-hour nap I took helped, and I was able to get up and exercise, do the dishes, do laundry, iron, read Quran, and read blogs.

I’m someone who thrives on routine, but too much of the same routine gets me in a rut. That’s why I make it a habit to write to-do lists only on weekdays and not on weekends. This gives me more fluidity with my plans. However, even when I write a to-do list, I’m not rigid with it. I don’t do certain things on certain days. However, there are certain things that, if done on a certain day, help my mood tremendously. These are namely exercising and reading Quran.

So what does my weekday typical routine look like?

I wake up at dawn, pray, and prep my son’s lunch box and outfit of the day. I don’t feel the need to prep a day before because that portion doesn’t take much time. Then I wake my son up around 6:30 am, after I get dressed (which takes me 5 to 10 minutes).

Now, this is the hard part! Getting my son to wake up is an arduous chore. The 1st 2 weeks of school, I made him milk (from powder) and had him drink it in an effort to sober him up, so to speak. He ended up throwing up the milk half the time, once on the sidewalk on the way to school because he wakes up with a congested nose and a cough due to his allergies. This caused me to subtract milk out of the morning routine.

Getting my son to go to the bathroom and get dressed is usually met with a lot of screaming and kicking. This kid loves to sleep! No matter how early he sleeps, he wakes up tired on the weekdays (he wakes up on his own at 8 am on the weekend, but tired nonetheless, or shall I say just doesn’t feel like doing anything).

For a while, I would dress him in his sleep, but now he won’t let me, and getting him dressed is an uphill battle. Once we are ready by 7 am (usually 7:15 due to the resistance I am met with), we are out the door. I walk him to school, walk back home, and then make myself a cup of coffee.

This is usually when I write my to-do list, but sometimes, like today, I write it a day in advance if there are certain things I would like to accomplish during the day.

My weekday mornings usually involve housework, light or heavy depending on my mood and energy levels, and a lot of reading and some eating. Lately, I’ve been napping because I have been getting very tired. As I mentioned earlier, I try to incorporate exercise and reading Quran to my routine, but these can be done anytime during the day.

I spend a lot of time on my phone, writing blogs, reading blogs, reading novels, on self-improvement apps, on Instagram, on WhatsApp. Sometimes I communicate with other people but I rarely instigate a conversation anymore. I have a home phone now, but I rarely use it.

I used to spend some one-on-one time with my son during the day, but I admit, I haven’t been doing so lately. My nerves have been on edge and I feel disconnected from my husband and son sometimes.

When my son comes back from school, there is lunchtime, which takes anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours! Then there is homework, which usually requires 3 hours of persuading, yelling, bribing, threatening, etc to get him to do homework that doesn’t take more than 30 minutes. He also has Karate classes twice a week, so there’s that, and bath time, which after last night’s fiasco will become shower time 2 to 3 times a week in this weather.

I sometimes watch something on my laptop or try to work. I haven’t written any new material for my books in a while, because I’m not encouraged to do so. I have been promoting my current books every once in a while.

Dinner time is from 6 to 7 pm, but he usually ends up eating at 8 pm. Bedtime is 8 pm, but by the time he takes his vitamins, brushes his teeth, and gets ready for bed, it’s 9 pm. Hopefully, with daylight savings, he will start going to bed earlier.

My routine usually revolves around my son, but I try to incorporate self-care. I usually end up compromising in one area or the other, and lately, I haven’t been able to bring myself to finish my novella, or to work on any of the other books I’m in the process of writing. Also, I’m not applying for online jobs hard enough.

What does your typical daily routine look like?

8 responses to “What is my typical daily routine?”

  1. It’s good to have a routine for the day. It gives a sense of achievement when we are done with some of it. Moms of your children have a tough time in the morning and it’ll get easier as they grow up. Reading Quran early morning gives my day structure too. Then I’m relaxed the rest C off the day.

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    1. Thank you so much for your validation and encouragement ❤️

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      1. You’re welcome! Take care.

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  2. I start my day with a cup of hot water with lemon. Then I write my morning pages read the Bible and pray. After that I go for a long walk. After I shower and eat, I’m ready to sit at my laptop and read through blogs, write a blog post. And tomorrow I start NaNoWriMo to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month!

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    1. That sounds like a very balanced and productive routine. I love it! Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

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  3. You have such a busy day…but I absolutely loved the fact that you have stressed on the importance of self care by devoting time to exercise (for physical health) and reading quran (for mental well being). I am sure other moms reading your blogs will also get inspired to take care of themselves too💟💟

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    1. Thank you. I like to be productive. Correction: I need to be productive. It enhances my feeling of self worth. It’s actually difficult for me to just chill and do nothing. I just took a break from cleaning to do laundry. Now I’m taking a break by reading blogs.

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      1. These breaks are so so very important to retain our sanity. So never deprive yourself of the breaks between chores 😊😊

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