When I know what lies ahead of me each day, week, month...I can better make time so I am not booking us every weekend. I am balancing outings with quiet time at home each week. I am able to allow enough time daily so that when we are leaving the house we have plenty of time for dawdling and distractions.
One way to have that plan is to set aside time where you can concentrate and get things straight in your head for the week ahead. Ideally, you don't have to wait until the kiddos are in bed and you are ready to zone out yourself. But Sundays are family days for me. And I hate to think of ditching the family time. But giving yourself an hour on Saturday or Sunday to sit down with your calendar and make sure you have everything clear in your head. Sitting down with your notebook and thinking out your goals for the week. Taking a moment to think out your meals. You might go through your "important" pile so that you have forms filled out and a list of calls you need to make.
So this Sunday I sat down with my paper/pencil calendar and iPhone calendar and laid out my week. I have used these to organize my week for the last two years. And I took an hour to get things straight in my head.
So this Sunday I used my time to...
1. Fill in my week planner and jot down on a post it note any dates and times that are important for Ed to know.
2. Plan the meals for the week (chili, salmon, tatortot hotdish, homemade mac and cheese). Set out the November hot lunch menu so Charley can look at it and pick his four days on Monday morning.
3. Set two goals for myself...
a. I am going to take some time to think out more finger foods that Sydney can enjoy.
b. I am going to pay attention to our after school routine and try a few different things (snack ready to go, homework right away, homework in the morning, cartoon, etc). So that by Friday the boys and I can identify the flow to our afternoons and I can see a possible tradition that might appear in our after school chaos time.
4. Decide on a couple little projects/activities for the kids and I to conquer during the week...For Henry: writing the letter N, arranging the letters in his name in the correct order, sorting candy and identifying the numbers 1-10. For Charley: getting into the habit of mastering his first week having spelling words, and continuing to write birthday thank you notes. For Sydney: The girl will be crawling by Friday. I
5. I also worked on a few posts for my blog.
Last week after returning from my trip I didn't sit down and think out my week. And even though I had a really great week. I had some overloaded moments when... on Wednesday I realized Henry had a holiday party and he needed a costume. On Friday I was in a panic over getting to Target for groceries to feed our guests this weekend.
How do you attempt to be more organized when you look to the upcoming week?
What is on your agenda for the week? Goals? Activities? Meals?