Since school’s been back in session, it seems out lives have gotten exponentially busy: fall functions, hiking trails while the weather’s still good, sports, homework, and after school activities. Makes me wonder about families who are even busier than we are — I know you’re out there!
I’ve got three tasks for you to do this week to help ease the workload:
1. Plan your week
This seems simple enough, but plan your week right now. Take 10 minutes and put it all down on the calendar, on a post it note, or write it on a napkin if you have to. Just write it down. Everything that is outside of school or work.
By visualizing what you have to do, it should make life easier.
2. Communicate with your partner
I learned this one the hard way yesterday. We had two things to do after church yesterday: meet the new pastor during the potluck lunch or go participate in the Cub Scout’s volunteer activity unloading pumpkins a church’s pumpkin patch that raises money for missions. Lunch? Missions?
My idea was to do both. We’d stay for the potluck, but eat fast. Then, head directly to the pumpkin unloading. The problem with my plan? I didn’t communicate with my husband. He understood the pumpkin unloading to be a messy job and non of us were dressed to get dirty. There wasn’t enough time to run home to change after church and make it back for the pumpkins.
Dilemma. Decision time! Had we clearly written out plans out, and communicated them to one another we would have realized this dilema and altered the plan to work out. Instead, we had a car full of tears and upset adults not knowing what to do.
3. Stay the course
When set out your plans and make decisions, stick to the plan. Your week will go by easier if you follow the decisions you make while you are in full-on thinking mode. Of course, there are reasons to change gears — things come up, but where you can just stay the course and follow the directions set out for the week.
Involve the kids here too. Let them know how busy life is right now and that you can’t do everything. By including them in your planning and decision-making process, you’ll be training them to be better time managers themselves.