Getting Back on Track for Summer
Wow! The last few weeks have been crazy. My family came to visit, it was my son’s birthday, baseball was overlapping with my son being on 2 teams simultaneously, and it was the end of the school year for the kids so there were a lot of field trips and other school activities to keep me racing around.
I’m so grateful that I’m finally able to attend and volunteer, after 10 years of being a mom and 18 years of clocking in, I can actually attend school functions without feeling guilty about missing work. However, it did make working from home a little difficult, and honestly, I’ve been slacking off. Now that school’s out, it’s time to get back on track, but how?
I know most of it is my own fault for not putting in the extra time and effort, so I’m making up for it now. We can finally get into a routine with the kids home for summer.
What’s the Best Way to get into a Routine? Well…
- Make a daily schedule and prioritize it! I love lists! Even more, I love crossing things off my list when they’re done. Having a daily schedule let’s everyone know what to expect from the day. Our schedule includes reading time, chores, mommy’s work time, and some fun activities for us to do together. Some days that will mean going to the beach or the park, and some days it will be crafting or playing games.
- Set time limits and stick to them. If you need to work for 3 hours, break it up into an hour at a time, when the hour is up stop and spend time with your kids, it gives everyone time to relax and decompress. Come back and do another hour, then plan an activity with your kids and maybe another hour after they’re in bed, obviously whatever works best for you and your family.
- Be present with whatever you’re doing, especially when spending time with the family. Staying focused is not always the easiest to do when you have a million things going on. If you stick to a schedule you’ll be sure to have time to give your attention to what and who needs it at the appropriate times.
- Wake up early and go to bed early. Never underestimate the value of sleep. Getting enough sleep will help recharge your energy levels so you can be more productive, happier, and healthier. Get up before the kids and enjoy your coffee, maybe work for an hour or go for a walk or run. First thing in the morning is always a good time to get your mind straight for the day. If you don’t wake fully rested, you may not have the motivation or energy to get things done.
- De-clutter the house. With the kids home for summer, it’s more important than ever. De-cluttering is good for your mental health, when there is stuff everywhere it makes it hard to focus. Clearing the mess will symbolize clearing your mind. Have your little ones complete a couple of chores everyday, summer is a great time to teach responsibility and family teamwork.
- Make time to exercise. Get moving, it will help you feel better, de-stress and give you a recharge. When you schedule time, it gets done. I love the saying: “The only workout you’ll ever regret, is the one you didn’t do”.
- Meal Plan. With the kids home for summer, you’ll be eating more meals at home. Have plenty of healthy snacks readily available and plan out simple meals to keep you from stressing over what to feed everyone. I like to make chia seed pudding and popsicles and keep them handy. The kids love them and they are packed full of essential nutrients that kids need!
Life is about balance. Make clear-cut rules about chores, screen time, and Mommy’s work time. A good plan can make all the difference! When you and your kids know what to expect, life runs much more smooth. Most importantly have fun this summer! Think about how many summers you have left with them and make every moment count!