It’s been a busy week. I am back at work full time after being off work ill. The teens are at their new schools and colleges and life is settling into an Autumn rhythm.
I have been rushing around, fitting in my daily commute, doctors appointments, hair appointments and an evening seminar along the way. In addition there is all the usual washing cooking and cleaning etc!
How do I do it? The answer is I usually don’t and some appointments get missed (hair and hospital) and the pile of ironing gets higher and higher. In truth I have good days and bad days.
So I have decided to turn over a new leaf and get organised using some of the strategies that have worked well for me in the past plus some new ones I have read about and would like to try.
So here they are my Single Mummy Life strategies for getting through the week.
- Begin each day knowing what you would like to achieve, be it geting out of bed on time or calling your hairdresser to make an an appointment, write it down if it helps.
- Review your diary before you go to bed. Know what appointments you have, where you need to be and what travel arrangements you need to make. This will make getting to sleep easier.
- Try to get eight hours of sleep, a difficult one this and something I struggle with, the best I can usually do is to be in my bedroom eight hours before I get up but it’s a work in progress
- Decide what you are going to wear tomorrow the night before, again I struggle with this but it does save a lot of time. My decisions are based on who I am going to see that day and how much walking I have to do.
- Know where your vital bits of equipment are, for me this is my keys my phone and my purse In an emergency I can manage as long as I have these things
- Make sure the kids know what their schedule for the next day iand encourage them to follow tips 1-5! Every morning Teen boy and Teen girl are looking for something they should have prepared for the night before and every morning I remind them off it . It is boring for all of us.
- Set the alarm for 30 minutes before you need to get up. Enjoy the peace and preview your day and congratulate yourself in advance for a job well done.
- Get up at least 20 minutes before the kids if they see you up and raring to go it helps them to get with the programme.
- Have something to look forward to, this could be coffee with a friend or a luxurious bath having something to look forward to will help you to get through the day
- Make a plan for the housework wether it’s doing a bit each day or having a blitz on Saturday morning ( that’s what I do) having a plan means not worrying about it.
- Decide what you and your kids are going to eat each day. There is nothing worse then coming in from a long day and not knowing what the family is going to eat. I have decided to have a meal plan for the week , my next objective is to have as much prepared in advance as I can ( I will let you know how it goes! )
- Read your post! I missed a hospital appointment this week because I hadn’t opened a letter! Don’t let this happen to you.
- Get some excercise even if it’s a 10 minute walk to the shop in your lunch hour. I count my walk to and from the station in the morning as excercise my next objective is to do some excercise at the weekend as well
- Drink! Make sure you hydrated drinking helps you with your concentration when you are feeling sluggish
- Utilise your commuting time, I have an at least 2.5 hr commute every day I have decided to use that time productively to read or write for my blog, listen to a podcast or to just rest, I am finding that I am now enjoying the time as an opportunity rather than a chore
- Include a hobby, there is more to life than work , housework and the kids (however lovely they are) my new hobby is photography which I can do on the go and during my commute hopefully it will eventually save me money on photos for the blog!
Well that’s the plan to get through the working week . Saturday’s my shopping cooking and cleaning day and Sunday’s all being well are for me!
What do think? Is it a good plan? Do you have any additional ideas that work for you? I would love to hear them so do get in touch and let me know.
I look forward to hearing from you
Until the next time 😊
Single Mum Dawn