Now that it’s actually August, back-to-school season is looming for many of us. I’ve found that with just a little bit of advance planning, you really can create a smooth transition, for both you and your kids.
Here are a few things I’ll be doing to prepare for the big day in September….
- Order Your Must-Have’s Now
You know all the supplies you need, such as pens, sharpies, staples, and paper clips. Check your desk drawers and restock on any supplies that are low. Now’s also a great time to order your planner, a new notebook, and note pads for quick teacher notes and to-do lists.
- Streamline Your Routine
If you don’t have one already, look into grocery delivery services in your area. If your budget allows, try a meal delivery service – I’ve heard good things about Plated and Blue Apron. These days, you can even have your dry cleaning picked up and delivered back to you. Think about what other errands you can essentially “outsource” by finding a delivery service, and then sign up and let them do the work for you!
- Start a Meal Planning Practice
Make a list of meals your family loves and put it in your planner. I usually set up a 2-week rotation, which requires about 10 meals. This streamlines grocery shopping and allows me to always be prepared for the age-old question, “What’s for dinner tonight?”
- Fill Your Important Dates in Your Planner Now
Go online and look up all the school, sports, and extracurricular schedules, and start writing the dates in your planner. I like to fill in the entire year so I know it’s done. While you’re at it, update the school and sports medical forms. This project is the one many of us dread, I know – my advice is to just do it now, and get it over with.
- Make a Commitment to Yourself That You Will Say “Yes” Only to Things You Really Want To Do
Think about what your goals are for this year. Write your 3 most important priorities on a sticky note, and put it in the front of your planner where you’ll see it every day. Then, only say yes to requests on your time that are aligned with those priorities.
What are your favorite back to school tips? Please share in the comments below.