Well, I haven't been back at work yet since having my 3rd, but some things that used to work for us:
-5-8pm is family-time. no one on a computer or watching tv. 5-8pm is time to be together, preparing and eating dinner, or doing chores, and then doing bedtime routine. this helps a lot. i used to get really mad at dh for being on his computer working at like 7 at night when i felt stressed to get the kids in bed. after we talked and agreed on the 5-8 no-screen time rule, it has been way better. for us and the kids. while one of us is getting the kids in bed, the other is cleaning up in the kitchen or tidying other areas of the house. we tend to leave the kitchen pretty clean at night before we go to bed...but that is just our thing.
-having a routine for dinners. (we do: mexican monday, italian tuesday, casserole/quiche wednesday, leftover thursday, and soup friday...meat or more involved dishes on the weekends IF i feel like it) I got this idea from the book Simplicity Parenting and I like it a lot. The kids have started to get really into it too...they like menu planning this way.
-planning meals also cuts down on the extra trips to the grocery store that tend to rack up the grocery bill with impulse buys
Our daily schedule WAS:
up at 7am, breakfast and kids to school by 8:10, off to work at 8:30-3 or so, pick up kids from school, get them a snack, try to work for 2 more hours from home with the kids playing in the back yard or doing homework or just playing around the house (no TV on school days, so no screen time), prep dinner around 5, eat around 5:30/6, clean up dinner by 7, more homework if they aren't done, read from 7:30-8, kids in bed at 8. I would grocery shop or run errands occasionally at night after the kids were in bed, simply b/c that was the easiest time for me and it was relaxing to be alone to do it. I also was frequently playing catch up during the 8-10pm time with work stuff b/c I flex my work day to pick the kids up at school at 2:30 or 3 and often don't get everything done in the day.
When I am back at work in a few months I anticipate the daily schedule will be very different (more hectic) and need to flex a lot since we have a baby to cater to now. :)