As a working mom, planning for hectic days used to be something I felt so inept at. It seemed that the busy chaos would sort of stunt me. From the first moment of arising that day, I’d be frantic. That is until I put some thought into problem solving this issue, which brought me to a manageable plan in which I was better able to handle the stress of both the days work, and family obligations combined. A few of my planning strategies for busy work days follow.
Make Lunches Ahead
When I know my next day will consist of a non-stop schedule, I always make sure to make my kids lunches the night before. I get the entire group of what is now 5 lunches for my kids ready after finding out their sandwich preferences the night before. It’s nice doing it this way because often times the kids will lend a hand with this task and get it done in no time. Doing it the morning of leaves them out of the task because they’re getting ready for school.
Getting Up Earlier
I always get up a half hour earlier on a super busy day than I would on a less busy day. You’d be surprised at the better level of composure I can achieve just by rising 30 minutes earlier. I can get a jump on the coffee, any last minute school preparations and whatever breakfast preparations I need to accomplish.
Plan Clothes the Night Before
I find my mornings are so much more tolerable when I plan the clothes for me and my kids will the night before my busy work day. Not only do I feel more composed from getting up a bit earlier, but knowing that everyone has all the clothing pieces they need the night before makes the morning flow so much smoother. If need be, I’ll do some laundry the night before to provide all the kids with what they need to wear for the next school day.
If you’ll be using a caregiver because the kids are off of school, be sure to make a clearly written set of directions for him/her to follow while you’re working. Be sure they know the places and numbers to reach you at if there’s a problem, and when they can expect you back home. This will decrease the amount of phone calls through the day which consist of everyone getting informed about places and times. I find phone calls during work add to my stress level, and are distracting.
Source: Personal experience