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5 Ways to Change Your Daily Routine

Break Up the "Same Old" Monotony of Your Daily Routine

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Do you feel like your basic daily routine is just more of "the same," day in and day out, as though your life were one big treadmill? You get up, take care of the kids, head off to work, come home and do chores, make dinner, help the kids with their homework, and collapse in exhaustion, only to get up the next day and do it all again, right? Well, there's no denying that life can certainly feel this way at times, especially when everything that must be accomplished falls squarely on your shoulders as a single parent. Here are some ways to break up that monotony and throw some excitement into your daily routine:

1. Execute Your Daily Routine in Reverse Order

Stir things up a bit. For example, give your kids baths before dinner. Not only will this serve to mix up the daily routine, but it will also make it easier to get your kids into bed on time, which might help you carve out a few moments of "Me Time" as well.

2. Take a Night Off

Put every chore, except feeding yourself and your children, on hold for a night. Yes, it's true that this might mean you'll have even more work to do the next evening, but taking a much needed break is also a great way to replenish your energy so that you can accomplish those tasks the following night in half the time it would otherwise have taken you.

3. Add an Element of Surprise to Your Daily Routine

Do something completely different and unexpected. For example, take your kids to a movie or a roller skating rink on a school night, or serve their favorite breakfast foods for dinner. Doing something unexpected like will break up the monotony of your daily routine, and it also catches your kids off guard a bit and gives them a chance to loosen up and enjoy themselves.

4. Do Something for Yourself

Has it been a while since you've done something just for you? Begin taking care of yourself with baby steps, such as taking a bath or read a book just for pleasure, or checking out your favorite magazines the next time you take your kids to the library. These bite-sized escapes can help you refuel and come back to the same old daily routine with new energy and stamina.

5. Get Messy

Finally, another way to mix up the daily routine is to do something messy, such as breaking out the finger paints or making the time for a quick run through the sprinkler. Instead of viewing these creative outlets as "one more thing," try to look at them as new ways for each of you to burn off the stress and tension of the day. Before long, you'll be adding your own elements of change to your daily routine, and it won't feel quite so much like a "treadmill" anymore.

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