This post is brought to you by a contributing author. It has been formatted and edited by Nathana.
Many moms find the busyness of the school year to be a burden that runs them down or turns them into a taxi service as they shuffle kids to school and extracurricular activities. While we all need to practice saying “no”, even scaling back doesn’t create a life of external peace and solitude. Our society is obsessed with everything that saves time. And learning to coordinate and manage our time can make a big difference, especially during the school year. Here are some ideas to help you prioritize and organize your time.
Get Organized with a Calendar For Everyone
If you are the only one that knows what is going on, then it is going to be quite a hassle for you to sort things out. This will only add to your stress levels. Creating a family calendar–whether that be a physical calendar everyone can see or a Google Calendar–keeping everyone on the same page is important. It also helps you to visually see all that is going on so that you can more easily say “Yes! I have time for that!” or “No, we’ve just got too much going on that day.”
Use Time Saving Ideas
There are plenty of things that you can do to help you to save time. School will take up a lot of your time. But then there are the everyday things like chores, groceries, and cooking that will still need to be done. These kinds of thing can really suck your time away from you. So where you can, assign chores out to your children. Meal planning takes a little bit of time, but it saves a lot of time (and money) in the long run. Batch cook and freeze meals to save time in the future.
When it comes to your children’s school work–whether they go to public school or you homeschool–study tools, like flashcards, can save time and energy and help your children retain knowledge. Also, helping create a routine for young children in the mornings and evenings can save time and set up expectations, not to mention keep everyone organized. Plus, we don’t want to forget what is most important–eating the word of God every day.
Take Care of Yourself
There is no denying that you can feel drained and exhausted as a mom. Even more so if you are trying to run a home, raise children, and educate them at the same time. So make sure that you listen to how you’re feeling. If you need to take some time out, make sure that you find a way to do that. Keep your energy levels up by eating whole foods that provide you with energy. Make sure that you get enough sleep and stick to a regular routine each day, so that you don’t get too exhausted. Doing something physical each day can help you to relieve stress. As much as exercise may feel like a burden we don’t have the time or energy for, it can actually give us more energy.
The bottom line is to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself, and making plans so that you’re not overwhelmed. It might mean some changes for the family. But change is not a bad thing–especially when it results in a healthier and happier family.