Back-to-School Life Management Secrets for Moms
Secret #1 – Write in the Morning
Julia Cameron, the best-selling author, has a great suggestion for how to start every morning. She explains, “‘Morning Pages’ are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages – they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize, and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.”
This free-hand writing in the morning can allow cloudy thoughts to clear up and out to allow for more brain space in the rest of your day.
Secret #2 – Get Your Space Organized
Trying to find that one pair of shoes in a massive pile of everyone else’s shoes can rack up to hours of your life. This also applies to the 3 minutes spent in the shower trying to place all the shampoo bottles carefully back on the shelf so they don’t get knocked over again…
Giving your belongings a good organization from time to time can be a gift to yourself and those around you. You may find you really do have time to read your children those 3 extra books at bedtime.
Take a couple of days to just notice all the little things in your space that bother you. Make a list and then take action on them! (Pro-tip: I highly recommend Kristi Clover’s The Ultimate Homeschool Organizational Course — completely changed the way I organize my homeschool.)
Secret #3 – Delegate it!
Take a lesson from the best entrepreneurs out there. Delegate it. (But don’t abdicate!) As a mom, it’s often possible for me to delegate house chores, scheduling, and even finances! My Job Chart is a great online app support tool for parents to delegate managing household chores, track rewards, and even parental follow-through on reward delivery!
Delegate the scheduling and to-do list management!
Every family has different needs. Google Calendars work for some. Paper calendars work for others. maybe even Cozi.com would be a good place for you to start…
Delegate the babysitting and start a babysitting co-op!
Get a small network of other parents and start sharing the childcare. You could create a shared Google Doc, start a Facebook group, or create an account on Sit4Sit. If you recruit enough families to your network, finding a babysitter could be a cinch.
Wisebread.com also has a great list of ideas and resources in their article, “How to Save on Babysitting Without Ending Up in the Local News.“
Whatever method you choose, make sure it’s working for you and not the other way around.
That’s the big secret really. (and it’s not even a secret!)
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