Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday Routines

by Jill Kemerer

I'm blessed to be the manager of our household. I stepped into this role years ago, and one of the first things I learned was I needed a system. It took me a long time to find the system that works for me. I'm not afraid to change it if it's no longer working. Let's face it, we all go through seasons of life where we're stretched thin financially and/or with too many things to do and not enough time.

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Honestly, I often feel as if I have too many things to do and not enough time. I often wonder will I ever get it all done? I can't answer for you, but for me--no, I will never get it all done! I've accepted that!

Since today is Tuesday, I thought I'd share my Tuesday routine. First of all, I wake up and smile because Monday IS OVER. Yes! Since I loathe Mondays, I decided to jam all my big chores and errands into them so I can look forward to the rest of the week. Mondays mean making a meal list, grocery shopping, paying bills and doing laundry. Blech. But Tuesdays? Tuesdays I'm excited to work!

After waking up early and slipping into some workout clothes, I head downstairs to brew coffee and possibly load the dishwasher if we failed to do this the night before (confession time: we usually have dishes in the sink in the morning). Then it's an easy breakfast, Bible study and prayer. At 9am, I either do a 25 minute exercise DVD or I take a brisk 30 minute walk. When I'm finished, I change, fix my hair and throw on some makeup.

The next hour is usually spent on business/marketing things like creating my work to-do list for the day, checking email, posting to Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc... When that's finished, I either work (write, plot or edit) for an hour or take an early lunch. After lunch, I'm back in my office to tackle my most pressing to-do items.

At 3pm I usually take a break to talk to my kids when they get home from school. In the summer, I just grab a snack and keep working. If it's baseball season and my son has a game, I start making dinner at 3:30. Yes, it's ridiculous, but we won't be home until after 8pm, and I'm not cooking that late! Tonight we have game and it's an hour away, so I won't be cooking at all. We'll have Subway instead.

If there's nothing on the schedule, I tend to work until 5 or 5:30pm. Sometimes I get caught up in a project and work later, especially if I'm on deadline. The only work I do in the evenings is writing and scheduling blog posts or finding pins on Pinterest for my plotting boards, and I don't do that every night. It's important for me to have time for my family or to just chill out and read or watch television.

I love being blessed to work from home. The ability to make my own schedule? So, so fabulous! And Tuesdays are one of my favorite days of the week because I have a clear schedule to do what I love best--write!

Do you have a routine? Do you love Tuesdays?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill Kemerer writes Christian romance novels with love, humor and faith for Harlequin Love Inspired. Jill loves coffee, M&Ms, fluffy animals, magazines and her hilarious family. Visit her website, jillkemerer.com, and connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for her Newsletter.


  1. Jill, I'm lucky enough to work from home as well. Kids are grown, but we have three granddaughters who are a big part of our week, so pretty much three days a week are devoted to them. In between I fit in grocery store, cleaning house,(yuck) and all the other chores that come up. But I get to work from home. I'm so blessed.

  2. I don't work from home during the school year, but summers, ah, summers are magic.

    I get up and son goes to dive team and I do water aerobics
    Afterwards, son and I do summer school
    Then, he plays and I do laundry, dishes, pick up living room, make bed, and write.
    Then we go somewhere, usually the pool again.
    Home to make dinner.
    Out to Dive meet
    Home to watch telly as a family.
    Son plays video games and I write.
    Husband complains because the evening is already gone.
    The end.

  3. Mary: How wonderful you get to spend time with your precious granddaughters! I'm sure they are adorable! I'm with you on the cleaning--yuck! My least favorite task!'
    Pamela: Ooh, dive team! I love that you do water aerobics. An auqatic family! Your day sounds busy but fulfilling! Enjoy!!

  4. My weekdays during the summer are:

    See husband off to work
    Take son for a walk
    Come home for breakfast

    Let son play while I write


    Let son play while I write

    Start supper

    Have an evening with the family together.

    I'm lucky enough to work from home, too, and I just love it. I like scheduling my own time and pouring myself into novels. It's a beautiful life!


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