Well, we made it through the first week of school. The first week is always the toughest, for both me and my kids. Gone are the late nights, lazy mornings and un-structured days. We are back to waking up to obnoxious alarms, arguing over bathroom time, and rushing through breakfast in order to make it to school on time. After school the other activities that dictate our lives take over (art, gymnastics, choir, softball and playdates). Our life is totally predictable and determined by a set, solid schedule. While quite a shift from our summer, it is necessary.
September not only means getting the family schedule underway, but it also means getting back into a structured “Mom” & “Work” schedule for ME. Once I drop my kids off I have exactly six (6) hours to get household chores and errands done as well as run my business. Six hours sounds like a lot, but as ANY mom knows, it’s not near enough.
Last week was dedicated to getting our family routine down, this week I’m working on my personal routine. I find that I am most productive if I have a plan.
So…here is what my mornings look like:
- 4:45am Wake up & make coffee
- 5:00am Check eMail, Blog comments, Facebook, etc
- 5:30am Prepare any orders for mailing (print labels, package, etc.)
- 6:00am Shower & get dressed
- 6:45am Wake kids & get them ready for the day
- 7:15am Serve breakfast & pack lunch
- 7:45am Drop kids off at school
- 8:15am Gym or Back home to work
After that, I’m a little loosey goosey on what needs to happen. I really need to have a different plan for each day of the week. Some days I go to the gym, other days I need to go food shopping, other days I have a ton of orders to complete and other days I need to work on the back end of the business (accounting, ordering from suppliers, etc.) Then in between I have things like doctor’s appointments, errands, volunteer events and random work related tasks. Somewhere in there I need to squeeze in time for blogging too!
It’s a lot of stuff to pack into my 6 hour day. So, as I start working on my routine/schedule, I’d LOVE to hear from you and any ideas on how you manage your busy non-kid-related hours or if you have any great tools that make this planning easier. Oh, and if you have a business or blog, tips for how you merge that with household chores with your work.