When the school year got started about a month ago, I came up with a short set of five goals for myself to help kick the year off right, and I thought it might be fun to check in and see how they’re coming along.
Wake up before my kids.
On school days, I’m at 100 percent … but just barely. Every morning I set my alarm for the time I want to get up so I can adequately prepare for the day, and every day I seem to roll out of bed about thirty minutes later. It’s not ideal, but considering 5:30 a.m. is really, really early, I think a solid 6 a.m. start is a good place to work up from! However, the weekends are an entirely different story, and most of the time we wait as long as possible for cracking an eyelid!
Make lunch the night before.
This hasn’t happened ever, not even on the very first day! It was a great goal to have, but basically, it amounts to the same thing I tell myself every Sunday night. Each week I intend on staying far, far away from desserts for the entire seven days, but, it never happens. Would I feel better if I gave up deserts forever, probably, but I’m just not that kind of a girl.
Put on clothes.
Again, I’m not walking out of the house in my skivvies, but I rely too heavily on “loungewear,” and wanted to make a better impression as I walk into three different schools to drop off my crew. I am pleased to report that I’m putting on a proper outfit about three out of five days a week! I feel like this is a solid effort that I have no intention of improving - mission accomplished!
Make a plan for the week.
Oh, how I love a good plan! I could plan my life away in one fell swoop if I’m not careful, so I’m usually pretty good about writing things down to help me keep the day in check. I find that, even though all the things are on my iCal (segmented into color-coded categories and shared calendars of course), I still need to do it the good old fashioned way and keep a written daily plan and to-do list. Without this, I feel lost and un-focused … so I persevere and plan on!
Keep calm and Mom on.
The first week was a little rough, and we were all pretty cranky pants. I don’t think I full-out went bananas on anyone, but I was not as forgiving as I should be when kids couldn’t find shoes, wash their hands, or bring me their backpacks without being asked a trillion times. With that said, this goal remains numero uno on my list, and fight for it. When things get off-track, I’m quick to apologize, and, to my surprise and delight, they usually are too. Sometimes my passion for perfectionism gets away from me, but hey I’m human!
As I look back on my progress report for this first month of school, I’m mostly pleased with how things have gone.
I’ve got things to work on, but I think we have adjusted well to the new normal without, and I’m happy that the kids are thriving. Since making lunches the night before is officially off the table, I think I may supplant it with a desire to go screen-free in the afternoons… but, I’ll be honest, just the thought makes me a little nervous. Good thing every day can be a fresh start!
Jordan Schupbach is a mother of three living in the Fulshear area. She blogs at www.lattesandliving.com - sharing the good, the bad and the frenzied.