Hope everyone is doing well! I’m a bit nervous because this Friday I’m running the Peachtree Roadrace in Atlanta. I need to knock out a 10K to be able to register a time for the Disney half marathon in February, and I figured this race was as good as any. I think it’ll be fun, even if there’s going to be a ZILLION people there.
This sort of leads me to the point of this post. Does anyone else feel like their schedules EXPLODE during the summer time? There’s almost always something going on, whether family is travelling to you or you’re going on summer vacation. Then there’s holidays and parties, trips to the pool, activities to keep your kid busy while you’re at work… *phew*. I’m sure it’ll be even more hectic once Baby R is actually in school, but this summer has been busy enough for us.
Here are some tips to keep you organized over the summer:
1. Plan ahead of time. At the beginning of every month, I double check my calendar to make sure I know what’s coming up. For instance, in July, I have to volunteer in the church nursery (an occasional requirement if your child is registered there on Sundays). Then it’s my Dad’s birthday, and I have a wedding shower to attend, plus a church conference that lasts a few days. Yikes!
If you have your upcoming plans first and foremost in your mind, it’s not quite as overwhelming.
2. Plan out your day the night before. This year, I’ve taken to laying out my clothes for both myself and Baby R the night before. I’m much better at picking out nice outfits when I’m not rushed the next morning. And since I’m working, it’s important to look well put-together.
3. Buy gifts in advance if you have birthday parties to attend. Looking at my calendar, I can tell I have a birthday and a gift for a wedding shower coming up, so I’m going to buy everything I need at the beginning of the month so I don’t have to worry about it later. (I hate it when I want to get someone something for a wedding or baby shower, and then someone else snatches it up before I get to it, haha.)
4. Break down larger tasks to smaller tasks. I realized that this roadrace next week is going to require a lot more than most of the races I register for, so this afternoon I’m going to sit down and type out what I need to do each day. There’s travel involved, limited hours for when I can pick up my race day packet, and lots of mayhem at the starting line. (It is one of the most popular road races in the country after all.) My husband and I are bringing the kid, so we need to be extra prepared, including making sure we can rent a crib at the hotel.
This is important to do before you leave for that family vacation, or if you’re planning a summer party.
5. Enjoy yourself. Summer should be about having fun, not about stressing yourself out. If you plan ahead of time instead of at the last minute, you should be able to sit back and enjoy with your friends and family. Of course things come up you have to deal with. (That drives me crazy. Like, last Friday, I was all set to leave for work and the baby pooped her diaper. Then on our way out to the car, she spit up on my shirt. I was already late, so you guess it. I went to work with dried spit up all over my shirt.) But making a plan helps you manage the crises easier, trust me.