10 on the 10th: 10 Daily Activities

Monday, July 10, 2017
I am back from vacation and am still in a little post-vacation hangover.  Can I get an amen?  I need a stay-cation to recover from vacation ;).  Today is a favorite day of mine - 10 on the 10th!  This month we are talking about daily habits.  






There are oodles of articles out there about how daily habits impact our life.  Google defines a habit as a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.  A habit is definitely something that keeps us, keeping on #tribekoko!  Isn't it true, how we spend our days is how we spend our lives?  Too serious for a Monday?


So here are 10 daily habits that I would say enhance my life and allow me to keep on, keeping on without going crazy! #mostofthetime  You know there are always exceptions to every rule and every habit is broken from time to time!  What daily habits do you have? How do they impact your life?





{One -- Make My Bed}


I have been a bed maker since I was a little girl and I use to even sleep on top of my made bed as a little girl so I was ready to go the next morning.  My oldest daughter does this now and it cracks me up!  Starting the morning with a made bed always makes me feel like I am headed in the right direction and I love going to my room at the end of the day to a tidy space!



{Two -- Get Ready for the Day}



I started that habit of showering at  night at the beginning of the year in an effort to streamline our mornings.  It has been a game-changer!  I also love the way I can take a moment for myself at the end of the day and go to bed a bit more relaxed.  So, now in the mornings after I make my bed, I take about 10 minutes and wash my face, do my hair, sometimes my makeup and get ready for the day!




{Six -- Get Dressed}


Then I get dressed even if its just to change into my gym clothes.  I find that if I stay in my pajamas I just feel cruddy later in the day.  I don't always change from my gym clothes but at least I am out of my PJs so I call that a win!



{Three -- French Press Coffee}


Some place along the way we started drinking french press coffee and I have become a french press coffee snob!  I haven't brought my french press along on trips yet but my mom (bless her heart) bought one for the lake house!  I make it every morning with a tea pot of boiling water and a dash of chocolate almond milk and of course with my yeti cup which I do take with me on trips (but so does Scott).   I love HOT coffee in the morning!  The smell, the taste and the feeling of caffeine!



{Four -- Unload the Dishwasher}


After the breakfast and getting the kids out the door for school rush, I unload the dishwasher (the kids help when they are home).  Then I do a quick clean up the kitchen for the first time for the day.  There is something that eases my mind when I don't see visual clutter across the counters.  So after every meal I do a quick tidy of the kitchen.




{Five -- Read the Bible // Pray}


If the kids are home in the summer they tend to play together well in the morning, they might watch an episode of Daniel Tiger with Lucy while I sit down to do my "quiet time".  It's not always quiet, it's often interrupted but I enjoy reading through a bible chapter or two(right now Joshua) and jotting notes and prayers in my journal.  Someday I will write more on this topic but for the most part I fit it in every weekday morning.




{Seven-- Do Laundry}


Of all the chores, laundry might be my arch-nemesis!  It never ends and I can quickly get overwhelmed if I get behind.  So, I started doing a load of laundry every single day.  It's amazing how much can pile up!  The kids started helping me by putting their own laundry away generally after school or before bed.  




{Eight -- Pick Up The House}


At the end of every day I ask the kids to help me pick up our main floor and put away all the toys, put the pillows back on the couch and a couple nights a week, we vacuum.  I can enjoy the quiet of the evening with Scott so much more when I don't see all the stuff that needs to be picked up!  I also love walking downstairs in the morning to a tidy space.  




{Nine -- Read Books // Pray as a Family // Snuggle}



Every night, we go upstairs as a family for the world's longest bedtime ritual. #anyoneelse  We brush teeth, get ready for bed, pray as a family (Scott or I start and then each kid prays too).  Then Scott and I take turns snuggling and reading with each of the kids.  If we skip snuggle time due to a late night or it gets cut short, the kids are sure to tell us ;).  


This is a sweet time to connect one on one with each of our kids.  Many times the kids have shared on surveys and school items that this is their favorite time of day.  I have to remember that when we are all ready for bed time ;).



{Ten --Create a To Do List for Tomorrow}



Before the day is over, I make sure to make a quick to do list.  I try to keep it under 10 items and preferably 5-7 things.  I also check the calendar so I can mentally prepare and know what's for dinner,  when I will get stuff done and who needs to be where, when!  It helps to wake up the next morning with a purpose and a plan.  All that to say, some days don't go as planned but at least we have a starting point!







My 10 daily habits help me to stay sane #mostofthetime from getting ready in the morning, to doing a few daily chores to keep our house tidy, with a good dose of caffeine to keep me moving!  


What do you do to keep your family and you organized?  


Are there any daily habits you hope to kick to the curb?  Mine would be pop drinking! #tastessogood.  


Don't forget to link-up and share or sound off in the comments.  I love hearing from each of you!  Until next time, keep on keeping on #tribekoko! 


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14 comments on "10 on the 10th: 10 Daily Activities"
  1. I like your list! I think I should start making a to do list at night too.

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  2. So many of the same habits!! I'm a bed maker also!!

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    1. Such an easy thing to do that makes a big difference. High fives all around.

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  3. Oh, Erin, I saw myself exact self in soooo many of your habits. How funny! Of course, we are at opposite ends of the spectrum now but what wonderful memories I have of those days. And, it's definitely a Yeti for my coffee every morning. I want HOT coffee or no coffee. Lukewarm coffee is horrible! And, a tidy house at the end of the day is imperative, who knows what might happen in the night and I want a tidy house if the world falls apart. :o)) And, a made bed, yes, I love walking into my room during the day and seeing it. Gives me the warm fuzzies! So enjoyed this link up and wishing you the happiest of weeks!

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  4. We have a lot of the same habits. I've never had coffee made by a french press before. That's how my younger sister makes her coffee... I guess I need to swing over to her house and try it.

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  5. I so wish I was a bedmaker since I love getting into a freshly made bed at night- juat can't make it happen at 4:30 am! I'm the same way about to-do lists. I had so much trouble sleeping for a while that my doctor told me I needed to get all of the to-dos on paper before bed each night. It definitely helps calm and clear the mind!

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  6. Hi Erin! I am so glad you had so much fun on vacation. I love your list or habits! So many are similar to mine. The one that I LOVED that is new to me is making a to-do list each day. I make a to-do list each day in my classroom as I am leaving for the next day, but I think I am going to start doing this nightly for the next day for the home front. This would be so nice. I have everything in my planner, but it would be nice to have on a sticky note in my planner so I can remove it. Loved this idea. Have a wonderful day!

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  7. Yes on the making the bed and getting dressed. Yesterday I was super lazy and didn't get out of my Pj's until 3pm and I felt so lazy all day! I would make my bed every morning but Mr. is still in bed when I leave for work, haha!

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  8. I love how intentional and productive your daily habits are! Writing this post sure did show me how much I needed to change in my day. I especially love that you guys have family prayer time!

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  9. I love these daily habits so much!! So glad y'all had an amazing vacation!

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  10. Oh, those cuddles. Best habit of all. So enjoying your 10 on the 10th series. Thank you for the link-up.

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  11. I love all your daily habits! I do many of the same. I just started making my bed this year and it's been a game changer for me. Even if there is crap all over my floor, if my bed is made and I walk in my room, I'm happy and that other stuff doesn't bother me, but if it's not made and all that stuff is on the floor I get crabby LOL. I know I've said it before, but your home is gorgeous!!

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  12. I need to be better with evening to-do lists for the next day. Sometimes I do them and they're so helpful and make me feel accomplished, especially in summer. I also shower at night and it's such a time saver!

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  13. What a great list! I love showering at night after the kids have gone to bed. And I couldn't function without making my to do list at night. Bed times tend to take foreverrrrrrr at my house, too.

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