School is about to start in a few weeks. If you are anything like me, this can be a super stressful time of year. You’ve been in a nice summer stroll and suddenly it’s boom – having to adjust to a whole new routine. Getting the kids ready, getting yourself ready, cleaning the house, taking care of the dog and all the rest of it while getting everyone out of the door on time. Not to mention whatever additional responsibilities you may have. My family and I have really enjoyed this summer and don’t want to go back to crazy mornings of the school year. Here are a few strategies I’ve developed to make sure my school year starts off right. Read on to find out how!
Start From The Night Before– As soon as you get the kids to bed, clean the kitchen, pack the lunches, and layout the clothes. Make sure your kids can do as much for themselves as they can. Enlist them to help you with the housework and organization. You will be surprised at how eager some children will be to help out around the house especially if you give them an accolade of some sort, such as being “mommy or daddy’s helper” for the evening.
Wake up before everyone in the house– Get yourself together. Pray, meditate, shower and dress so that you are totally ready for the day.Make sure you are an early riser so get yourself used to going to bed at a reasonable time.
Cut out “appointment to view” TV– its such a time waste. Watch your TV or Hulu or Netflix to cut out the unnecessary commercials. Make sure your evenings are about your family and yourself.
Have a Daily Routine – Keep to the same schedule everyday if possible. If you have a little one under school age get them used to going to the gym nursery for preschool readinesss.
Stop making TO DO lists– make a weekly list of goals for the week, and tackle them each day by day
Segment Time– Have time blocks where you schedule certain activities.
Practice Gratitude – Try to keep a journal where you write down everything you are grateful for that day. Before you fall asleep think about those things to set you and your family up for a successful day ahead.
Hope this may have inspired you to enter the new school year with confidence!
Have I left any tips out? Share them in the comments below.
Until Next Time