New Year’s Resolutions…
I don’t make them.
I think I have, in the past but they are futile to me.
Instead, I make School Year’s Resolutions.
If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that I’m a Teacher.
What this means to me is that the holidays, at home with the kids, are a complete write-off. Nothing gets done, I’m always chasing my tail, I’m stressed, I’m tired and my little retro home becomes a little retro mess.
I take my hat off to the mums and dads who stay at home.
It’s bloody Hard WORK.
I come into my own when school starts.
I refine my processes regularly and see each new day as a fresh challenge. Getting My Man out the door to work, getting the kids off to day care and school, dressed and hopefully fed. Making myself look normal, fashionable even, so the teenage girls don’t pick on me in class, (seriously – a bad outfit is very distracting). I’ve got mental checklists in my head, bags to pack, uniforms to iron and lunch boxes to assemble, all before 7.15am
School to me, means organisation and I’m one of the small percentage of people who love it.
So every year, I make School Year‘s Resolutions.
Here they are:
1. I will be organised for the next day, from the night before.
2. I will wake up early.
3. I will be punctual because mornings are going to be tranquil and methodical.
4. I will do a grocery shop once a week so I don’t have to buy my lunch.
5. I will cook once every two day and work out some kind of healthy, easy meal plan.
6. I will do two late days at work to catch up, prepare, mark work and do all the things I’m not able to do during the school day.
7. I will run, as per my pact with Mummy Loves to Run and Very Busy Super Mumma, on Mondays and Fridays, or whenever possible.
8. I will do some volunteer work in my new community.
9. I will make and keep all personal arrangements including but not limited to, hair and beauty appointments as well as shopping dates with myself and time with my friends.
10. I will continue to blog between one and two times a week.
Anyone who has any involvement with a school will know what a highly structured environment it can be. There are strict deadlines, start and finish times, bells that tell you when to move, when to eat even… If you don’t factor yourself into the day, you can become lost in it.
So that is how I roll, term after term.
Does the beginning of the school year mark a big change in your routine and mindset?
What are your tricks?
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