Whether you’re a back to school household, or you’re wrapping up your summer vacations, September signals a change in routines. Here are some simple ways to save time and make the days go more smoothly. Less anxiety means less stress.
Minimize morning decisions
Decide what you’re going to wear the night before. Make sure your outfit is complete, including what underwear and shoes you’ll wear. If you have young kids, do the same for them. Encourage your older kids or partner to get into the same habit. Make it known that you don’t want to hear, “Where’s my blue sweater?” at 6:30 in the morning.
Pack lunches the night before too if you’re brown-bagging it. If there’s nothing to pack and you don’t have a lunch date, have a few quick go-to places to grab lunch. One of my standbys is getting one of the protein packs at Starbucks down the street.
Keep an activity calendar visible to the whole household
Life is complicated, and the more people in your household, the more activities need to be juggled. Who’s out of town? Who has to be driven somewhere and picked up? What events do you have to attend? Eliminate the anxiety of remembering at the last minute that it was your turn to pick up one of the kids, or your partner has a work event in the evening that you also have to attend.
Your shared calendar can be a Google calendar or as simple as a white board on the refrigerator. In our household, we still use the white board. It can’t be forgotten because it’s right in our faces. Of course, also put events, appointments and other commitments in your electronic calendar with reminders.
Get up 20 minutes early
In summer we’re more relaxed. Even if we’re working, things tend to slow down because there are always team members on vacation. When September rolls around, everyone is back and we have to adjust to a faster pace. It’s more important to feel centered before your day starts. An extra 20 minutes gives you time to take a short walk, meditate, enjoy a quiet cup of coffee or read for inspiration.
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