Time. It’s a conundrum, isn’t it? One moment you are a child with the summer vacation dragging in front of you – every day feels like a year. Then you’re an adult, a parent scrambling to keep up with semester dates and extracurricular clubs and playdates. You’re pulled and pushed from day to day and before you’ve even realised, it’s the weekend again and it’s all about to start again. It slips through our fingers, soft as sand and we don’t get much of the time we have.
Sure, you can write list after list to stay organised, but lists can get lost. Even the many list apps don’t have the same effect as seeing all the things that you have to get through as writing it on paper does. So, how can you ensure that you get organised, stay organised and keep the family from falling to pieces? We’ve got some tips for you.
Get A Calendar. The most organised mother out there can be flapping to stay current with all the activities in the home, but with the right calendar, life gets made easier. It’s far easier to keep track of a wall calendar that lasts the year instead of a desk calendar. It has to be in your face, in your eye line and available at all times.
Plan, Plan, Plan. From meals to the weekly grocery list, a busy mother who wants to be organised know the merits of forward planning. You can plan a year of birthdays for the family, from birthday cards to gifts and gift cards, and you can see here for where to buy the best. The better that you plan, the more organised you can stay.
Say No. We all want to please our children as much as possible, but if your pleasing your children is running you ragged, then it’s not working out. Start being choosier about the activities that your children do. The more that you say no, the cleverer you can be about who goes where and when. You can’t stay calm and collected if you’re screaming into morning traffic.
Share The Load. Carpooling, sharing the drop off shifts for activities and roping in your partner to help ferrying the kids too and from school is the way to get through the rush hour stress. Going it alone is manageable, I’m sure, but if you share the load with someone, you can free up some time to slow down and just think.
It’s a wonderful feeling, to be a swan gliding on the surface of life. Cool, calm and collected, swans don’t flinch at anything. But if you look just below the surface, you can see that even the most beautiful, chic swan is struggling to stay afloat. Don’t compare yourself to a swan: you do you and learn to organise your life so that you’re not worn out by Friday! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are Super Mom, but even superheroes need to chill out.