My weekday mornings are so unpredictable from day-to-day. Sometimes, waking up to sick or arguing kids or worse being late can always throw a wrench in my “plans.” So having a few things in place and done the weekend before helps just a little bit with organizing and not stressing out about last minute changes.
Planning a productive week
Meal prep on Sunday’s. Get the family involved. I like to cook and my kids love to help. My kids range from 4 to 12 years old so they can each do different things in the kitchen. From mixing or cutting to getting ingredients and reading the recipes. The options and opportunities are endless. My go to trick is throwing a few pounds of chicken or ground beef in the slow cooker with some seasoning and separating it into freezer bags for dinner meals that week. I have the kids make their snacks or pre-pack them for the week. One of my favorite things to do is making breakfast burritos for the week and freeze them. I just pop them in the microwave and run out the door to the gym or appointments.
Clean out your purse. Get rid of rubbish, papers, cards, receipts and coupons or whatever anyone else in your family has deemed necessary to thrown in your purse. Literally! Like shopkins…REALLY? I also make sure to put anything in there that has to go with me anywhere. Like referrals, mail or business cards. There is something about opening up my purse and being able to find my wallet that gives me a sense of organization.
Check your calendar. This is something I know helps keep me from say– UH OH, THAT WAS TODAY! I not only review my work, social and kids events for the week but also touch base with the hubby on any events or things he has going on and we sync our calendar. We both have iPhones so it’s really easy to change categories and specify if I am just letting him know what’s going on or if I need him there at the event or to do the task. It also saves a lot of arguments in my house on miscommunication, which is a plus.
Weather. Ok, I am bad with this one. But, checking the weather will help prepare shoes and jackets for kids instead of scrounging around last minute to find out where you put them. Also, it helps predict driving time if you are going out of town and what to wear from day-to-day. I usually layer because its not only cute but guarantees me to either stay warm or peel off layers to cool down.
Make a to-do list and set goals. Most important! To know what you’re tackling within the week ahead, the goals you set give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the week when you look back at the beginning of the week. And even though it may be Monday you know exactly what you need to do, who to call and where to go. You know what is going on.
Have a family meeting. My family usually has a Sunday Family Meeting. We talk about up and coming concerts and events at school and with friends. We share our calendar with the kids and let them know if parents will be out of town or unavailable. We go through the weekly rundown of what events, appointments or sports the kids have coming up. That way no one’s surprised if they can’t play outside after school or wonder why they are eating soup and sandwiches for dinner.
Life can get LOCO and ADULTING can be hard! But with a few of these tips in place it will guarantee somewhat of a smooth transition from weekend to weekday. Monday you will wake up feeling more accomplished before your day even begins.
About the Author:
Moni is a proud Puerto Rican Air Force Spouse and mother of 3 brilliant children, that has found time as a SAHM to finish her Bachelors in Public Relations. She has moved over 13 times as an Army brat and now an Air force MilSpouse. This has allowed her to see things from different views. During her husbands last deployment, she was inspired to write about her military lifestyle from a candid, sassy, bold and witty perspective. She hopes that by sharing her experiences that it will encourage other spouses to find their voice in this journey of constant change and uncertainty…all this has been accomplished with buckets of prayer, glasses of wine and a few colorful words.