The Daily Grind

Do you know that scene in Beauty in the Beast where Belle sings “Provincial Life.” This is my life and I am comfortable with it. Now it would be better if it was in an exuberant coastal town of France or maybe the island life of Galveston (counting down the days to our move) but essentially the daily grind of “every day like the one before” is not so bad.

I am sane and do my best work when I am in a daily pattern. Rebecca Lyons, calls these patterns rhythms of renewal: rest, restore, connect, and create and shares that we were meant to live within them. Doing so brings us release from our anxieties and allows us to function within a more vibrant life. I have set up my Monday through Friday into some “rhythms” that allow me to be intentional about my daily grind.

Morning 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.

  • Coffee, Journal, Bible Reading, Devotional & Prayer
  • Plan Day Ahead
  • Social Media & Blogging
  • Make Bed
  • Peloton
  • Prepare for Day with a podcast episode
  • Laundry Task of the Day (Washer)
  • Morning Puppy Walk

Breakfast 7 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

  • Smoothie, Weekend Leftover, or Instant Oatmeal with Fruit

Before School 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Prepare for Day: Lesson Slides, Blog Post, To Do List, SSC Agenda Slide

During School 8:35 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

  • Day Story Lesson

Lunch 12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m.

  • Lunch Box or Individual Frozen Meal with my audiobook.

Prep Period 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Create Lesson & Prep for the Day Next Week
    (Mondays prepare for next Monday, Tuesdays prepare for next Tuesday, etc…)
  • Grading

After School 3:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

  • Answer Emails
  • Change Date on Board
  • List Tomorrow’s Agenda on Board
  • Straighten up classroom

Evening 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Home Task of the Day
  • Laundry Task of the Day (Dryer, Fold/Hang, Put Away)
  • Social Media & Blogging
  • Prepare Dinner

Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

  • Magnolia Table Family Favorite, Magnolia Table New Menu, Leftover, or Trader Joes/HomeGoods Yummy

Night 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Yoga
  • Bubble Bath & Read
  • Prepare for Sleep
  • Night Puppy Walk
  • Day Reflection, Gratitude & Tea
  • Meditation

How do you spend your weekdays? Do you make time to complete the things that need to be done? Do you take time to do what you love? Share with me in the comments below how you make it through the Daily Grind.

Until next time…

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