Anyone else feel like when the kids go back to school, it's your time to start something too? I'm totally in that mode, thinking about last year, what I may need to do differently, what I may need to change-up to make Life's gears groove along a little smoother, what I want to get going for my mental health (and the kid's, too). Here's what I have so far, they read a little like New Year's Resolutions for Mama's School Year....
-- Embrace meal planning. I written about the perks of meal planning since 2011, but have I really begun a good, steady habit of doing it? Nope. Nada. Uh-uh. Sure, when I order the groceries on the weekend for the week ahead, I think about what we will have, but do I get out the calendar and make a list? Again, we have a resounding N-O, ladies. Meal planning saves time, money and is a great way to introduce new foods and get out of that dinner rut. It's at the top of my list.
-- Get (and stay) stocked up. That means looking over what I have for school stuff, as well as bathroom needs, handiwipes, underwear, ponytail holders....you know, all the stuff that seems to run out at the same time, on days that you really need them. I'm stocking up now and am going to keep a master list going, right by the front door, to jot down when something starts running low...I will, I will this year.
-- Bump up the closet. I'm talking my wardrobe. It's woefully bland and lacking in many areas...and just not really "me." I need to figure out some good, go-to outfits that a) don't look totally schlumpy (such a great word!) and b) can be used for everyday or a fun night out. How will I do this? By just doing it. I'm sometimes paralyzed by choice, so I just need to take the plunge (and look for sales).
-- Work in my "me time". I haven't been good at this since Kiddo was born. Working in at least an hour a few times a week for me. These days, I'm going to have to devote those hours to my health. After a bout with back woes, getting in shape and working on some core muscles are a must, which means making time to do that. How? Not sure yet, but I'm thinking it will having something to do with better time management. Maybe with errands, maybe with work...but I do know setting a specific time and following through will be essential.
What are you planning for the new season, for back-to-school time?