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12 Tips to Ease You Into Your School Routine

September 11, 2012 in Life

Summer is Over and School is In!
Here are 12 Tips to Help Ease You Into Your School Year Routine
1.    Schedule Your Me-Time Moments.  When we get busy the first person we neglect is ourselves.  Schedule your Me Time Moments right now.  Identify those things that rejuvenate and renew you…is it getting a massage, spending time with your friends, going to dinner with your husband, laughing with your kids, reading a good book, walking the dog, watching a movie by yourself, taking a dance class…whatever it is…put it on your calendar NOW!
2.    Create a healthier lifestyle…whatever that means for you.  Whether it means exercising or eating right, just take the necessary steps to have a better body.  Pick a new exercise or healthy eating habit and stick with it for 21 days….try it and let me know how it goes.  What new healthy lifestyle habit can you do for 21 days?
3.    Have everyone set goals for the year.  At the beginning of the school year I ask my kids what their goals are for the school year. We talk about friendships that they want to encourage/discourage, coursework, teachers, extra-curricular activities, their schedules, target grades for each class and any obstacles or challenges they foresee.  We discuss the previous year and how this year can be better than the last.  We identify ways for them to relax and de-stress.  Basically, we use their goals to help them develop a plan to finish the year strong!
4.    Keep the “give away” bag handy.  As the weather changes and you begin to transition into your fall wardrobe, keep the “give away” bag near so you can give away all the items that are too small, can’t be handed down or haven’t and won’t be worn by anyone.
5.    Re-establish the daily routine. 
       Morning
  • If you have multiple kids, establish a bathroom schedule to limit bathroom bickerings
  •  Make bed, put away clothes
  • Eat breakfast
  • Load dishes in dishwasher
  • Finish preparing lunches

After School

  • Snack
  • Homework
  • Dinner Preparation

Evening

  • Check the next days weather forecast and lay out clothes
  • Prepare lunches
  • Review homework
  • Identify what’s for breakfast for the next day
  • Set alarm clock
  • Back pack should be “ready to go”
  • Bath and bedtime
  • 15 Minute De-Clutter Plan
6.    15 Minute De-Clutter Plan.  Start the year with the Motto, “Everything has a place…so put everything in it’s place”.  Make sure to identify a place for everything and spend 15 minutes before bed putting everything in it’s place.  Set a timer for 15 minutes and make it a fun activity to end the day.
7.    Meal Planning.  Pick a day to go grocery shopping…let’s say it’s Monday.  On Sunday, write out a weekly menu plan and grocery list.  Having a list of possible meals and the ingredients will eliminate the inevitable, “what am I cooking for dinner” question.
8.    Post the Extra-Curricular Family Calendar.  Write down everyone’s extra-curriculars on one calendar so you know where everyone is supposed to be and when.  I also keep their schedules on my phone calendar.  Review each kids after school activities to point out when homework and household chores can get done.
9.    Keep a Homework Calendar.  I have the girls post the due dates for all their homework assignments and tests on 1 calendar so I can help them monitor their time and projects.
10.    Make Time for Your Partner.  You are about to get busy again…so make sure to do something special with your partner.  It may be time to schedule, “Date Night” again!
11.    Family Time.  Pick a night for Family Night and have the kids decide on the agenda for the evening, could be games, movies or dinner.
12.    Create a Vision for your year.  What do you want to accomplish this year?  What are your goals?  What are your dreams?  Find out where you are.  Get Your Balance Score Now!.  This will give you an idea of where you are so you know where you want to go.  What area of your life are you most “out of balance” in?  “Out of balance” is defined as anything less than an 8.

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