An Overview Of The Five Routine Buckets

Did you know there are five routine categories that can take you from feeling frazzled to in flow? In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I’m reviewing the five routine buckets to consider before building your ideal routine. This episode will put you on the right track. Tune in now! 
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Ashley Brown 0:00 [Intro]
Routines my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. But either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown. And this is the routine and things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways to help you consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're going to want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:50
One of my least favorite memories as a mom happened when I was a stay at home mom. This day in particular, I had so many things to do. I was behind on laundry I needed to schedule my daughter a doctor's appointment, and the house was a mess. I mean a hot mess. And funny enough, even though it's not funny, when I got to the end of my day, nothing had been done. You know those days. Thankfully, I had a God moment and realize I have fallen out of routine. Yes, this routine oriented girl had fallen out of routine. And honestly, it took me a while to get back on track because routines are always naturally falling into place for me in the past. But this was very different. I had to intentionally rebuild my routines one by one. And although it took time and patience, the impact routines had on my life was incredible. And I learned so much along the way. This is why I'm so excited to share with you that your girl did a thing. I've wrote a book, the Routine Building Handbook, you're all in one habit builder for increased productivity inspired work and lasting success. The Routine Building handbook is an easy to use Practical Guide for starting, creating, and maintaining routines to help you decrease stress, improve your sleep, and build a productive, joyful life. It gives you all the tools you need to introduce structure predictability, and stability, including a customizable habit building roadmap, ideas for weekday, weekend, morning and night routines. plenty of examples of realistic daily and weekly routines, and advice for staying flexible. You can now preorder the book which comes with some amazing bonuses for a limited time to preorder the Routine Building handbook you can go to or click the link in the show notes.

Ashley Brown 2:48
Hey, girl, welcome back for another episode of the routine and things podcast. This episode we're diving into the five routine buckets. And these are routine categories that can make routine building a lot simpler for you. Because I feel like when many people think about creating a routine, sometimes they think about a routine being this long, like daily routine. And if I'm being honest, when I tried to do that in the past, it didn't work for me. And I had to section out my routines to make it easier for me to build them and to actually maintain them in a way that felt good. And so that's why I personally break routines down in buckets. So that is easier when I want to start a routine, I know what bucket I'm going into which routine I'm pulling out of that bucket. And then we can get on and poppin because nobody has time to be taken forever building routines. And so I want to go through each routine bucket and just give you a quick overview of each one. And each bucket serves a specific area in your life.

Ashley Brown 3:58
So if you are listening to this and you see a routine team bucket or hear of routine bucket that doesn't fit you, that's okay, if it doesn't fit your life right now, currently, just don't even apply it to your life. But think about if you currently have these routines, or at least routines that fit into these buckets. And if not, then maybe you can think about adding a routine in one of these buckets that can help you to better manage your life and organize things. But I think this is really going to be helpful to give you some inspiration and to make routine building and starting a routine a lot simpler. So let's go ahead and go through each I'm just going to review all five.

Ashley Brown 4:42
The five routines I'm reviewing our cooking cleaning children's self care and planning. So the cooking routine. Let's start with this bucket. So the cooking routine bucket is anything that deals with feeding yourself, feeding your family, making meals, anything of that sort planning meals. This goes into the cooking routine bucket. So some routines I like to do in this bucket are meal planning and meal prep. But you can have a lot of different types of routines, like even maybe a dinner routine or a table setting routine, whatever deals with food feeding meals, this is for that bucket. And I feel like this bucket is really helpful because we all have to eat to live right? Ain't nobody trying to starve. And if you're a parent, a mom, you know, we got to feed these kids. So yep. Even if you just had a baby, like even in this routine, it could be a breastfeeding routine, right? You have to feed your child. So what routine is that going to be for you. So that's the cooking routine bucket.

Ashley Brown 5:54
Secondly is the cleaning of routine bucket, which is all about things the task that you are going to do chores that you are going to do in order to keep your home clean, neat and tidy, right and even organized as well. And so with the cleaning routine, some things that fit into here are laundry, of course, as well as a tidy routine, a kitchen routine, the bathroom routine, I mean, the sky's the limit when it comes to cleaning, you could have an organizing routine. So this is what this bucket includes. And personally for me, this is where I have the most routines is in the cleaning bucket. Because it's things to get done around this home. So what cleaning routines Do you have a part of your life? Can you think about any right now that you have is some coming to mind that you're like, I want to create this cleaning routine, you know, think about that dwell on that and see if you need one or an additional one or two revamp a current cleaning routine. So that's the second routine bucket.

Ashley Brown 7:03
The third routine bucket is the children routine bucket, okay all about our kids. So anything that helps them get ready that structures their day, any activities you do with your children, any activities you have your caregiver do with your children, any activities that deal with your child when it comes to school, you know, these are routines like a morning routine for your children bedtime routine. Maybe you need a before school routine or an after school routine, possibly you want to create a learning routine for your toddler, or you need to create a naptime routine for your baby. These are routines that deal with your kids, right. And if you are a mom, then of course, having some type of children's routines is going to be highly beneficial for you, especially when it comes to your sleep. Your sleep and your me time. I know for me, those are big things.

Ashley Brown 8:01
I'm always prioritizing my rest and sleep in my me time. That's why these girls be in bed on time, because I need that time for myself. And so children's routine, which routines do you have that deal with your kids? Or do you need to improve the routines for your children? You know, think about that. Let's move on to the fourth routine bucket which is self care. The self care routine bucket just warms my heart. And I'm kind of scared to ask Do you even have any self care routines? But I am going to be very, very optimistic and say yes, you do. And if you don't, then I am going to be much more optimistic to know that you are going to create one very soon starting today. Because self care is so important, as you know and as we hear over and over again. But it is is so vital for you.

Ashley Brown 9:04
So self care routine bucket. What does this entail? So this entails things that you do to care for yourself, activities that you do to love on you to bring joy to your life, to make yourself happy to meet your needs. That is what self care routines are. And just to give you some examples of self care routines you could have and these are ones I personally have. You can have an exercise routine, you can have an morning routine, a nice, yummy bedtime routine, oh I love my bedtime routine. You could also have a rest routine. A self care routine could be a meditation routine. I mean, the sky's the limit. You know you can make up your own name for your routine, but just things and actions that you're doing to care for yourself. And this routine, definitely don't overlook this bucket.

Ashley Brown 10:04
This is like a runner up when it comes to the number of routines I have in this bucket. Because like I said, self care has become so much of a priority in my life because I knew how I felt without it. And so I try to stick with it as much as possible. So think about that, you know, do you have any routines in which you care for yourself actions that you do on a consistent basis that help you to feed into your soul? and really make yourself feel feel good? And that you are enjoying time with yourself? I mean, if not, then that's fine. You have the ability to create a self care routine. Starting today, starting tomorrow, but make time to do it. If you don't have one. And it doesn't need to be complicated. It really does not, it can be very, very simple. Okay. And that's my advice for you keep it simple.

Ashley Brown 11:05
But that's the fourth routine bucket self care. Lastly, is the planning routine bucket, which is all about like, you know, planning. Oh my gosh, I love me some planning. I love to plan my days and my time, like, Are you kidding me? Yes, I do. Because it has helped me to stay in tune, it has helped me to feel so proactive and prepared and keeps me on track with the desires of my heart in what I need to get done. Planning helps me meet my needs. And so the planning routine bucket is really things that you do or any type of planning activities, so and also things that you do to prepare, like preparation type of things you do. For example, let me throw out some examples here. So you could have a daily planning routine, you could have a weekly planning routine, you could have a monthly planning routine, you can have a travel routine, you can have a before work routine, you can have a work planning and routine, right to plan your things for work, you can have a family planning routine. So think about you know, do you have any planning routines do you plan in any way? And if you do, what do you plan?

Ashley Brown 12:30
How do you play in that and think about is this really an established routine for you? And I do want to share that a planning routine is definitely necessary. Yep, it is. Because we cannot hold everything in our minds, we have to plan in order to feel just more ease in life and to lighten our load. So a planning routine is super beneficial. If you don't have one, you know, get you one. I will say that in these five routine buckets. As you're starting to notice there are many routines that are inside of these buckets. Okay, so when you choose a bucket, you get really specific about which routine in this bucket you want to create. And then you can move on to deciding which steps you want to be a part of that routine.

Ashley Brown 12:30
I touch on this a lot in the Routine Building Handbook, which you can preorder. Right now preordering the book comes with some amazing bonuses. And I go through each routine category even spell out which routines you can have in those categories, and provide examples and break down the routines in like a formula to help you. So definitely look into preordering the book because it is a really great resource and guide for you when it comes to routine building in that you can just pick up flip to the page you need and find what you need to get started right away. And it dives into these routine buckets, which I really, really love. To preorder you can go to book, or you can click the link in the show notes.

Ashley Brown 14:16
But I want to just wrap things up by giving you some routine wisdom, which is there is a plethora of routines you can create. And I'll be speaking on this in the next episode, which is all about choosing the right routine. Before you leave if you could just do me a huge favor rate and review the show. Leave us five stars. I would definitely love it because it helps us support the show so much and I would greatly appreciate you for it. also share this episode today with someone you feel like would enjoy it. Until next time, continue to enjoy wherever you are, whatever you're doing. Stay happy girl and I'll talk to you soon.

Ashley Brown 14:56 [Outro]
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