If only I was more organised …
Hands up who has said this at least once this week? September is a month of excitement and new beginnings but it can also be a massive shock to the system. After a long and lazy summer, the kids are back at school, some might have even started for the first time, and you are now dealing with a deluge of school admin. Plus you have to get everyone dressed and out of the house by stupid o’clock in the morning!
So if you have been muttering to yourself that you need to get your shiz together, then here are a few small things that you can change TODAY to start to tame the madness.
1) I’ll just put that there! Nope. Deal with paperwork as soon as it arrives. If you are guilty of putting it on the to do pile to deal with it later then that pile might be rather big! And then it all becomes a bit daunting and it is easier to live in denial (and so the 'to do' pile grows). So my top tip is to either deal with the school trip letter as soon as it makes an appearance or have a set time of the week when it all gets done and filed.
2) I’ll do that tomorrow! Double nope. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time! If you have 5 minutes then there will be a job you can do. Things often don’t take half as long as you expect them to, so stop thinking about them and get them done.
3) I’m too tired! When you’ve had a long day it can be hard to summon up any motivation to do houseworky type jobs … especially if the wine is calling. But there are things you can do to make sure that stuff still gets done … without it affecting your urge to lounge! For example I use the adverts. When I am watching TV, I never fast forward through the ads, I leave them on and then use those little chunks of time to do lots of stuff …make the kids’ lunches for the next morning, load the dishwasher, put in a load of washing etc. Those 2/3 minutes aren’t going to tax me physically and by the end of the night you will be surprised at how much you have done without it having felt overwhelming.
4) I’ll just hit snooze! Oh My God STOP THIS! The mornings are your friend. They are the key to feeling more organised. I always try and get up half an hour before the kids. This means I can get dressed and put on my game face (read: lots of under eye concealer) before I have to parent. The psychological head start this gives me is huge.
5) Tomorrow doesn’t exist! This is such a goody! Monday ALWAYS comes around! It can be so tempting to come home after a long day and just flop. Who wants to give tomorrow any thought whatsoever when you haven’t even hung your coat up? (or worse still who wants to think about Monday when it is Friday night and you are just about to hit the fizz?) Well … remember when you were at school and you would leave your physics homework until after Birds of a Feather on Sunday night? Be your future friend! Always prep, you are going to have to do it anyway, so much better to do it when you are not under the pressure of time!
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