It’s Monday and the week has already begun, but it is not too late to plan out how you want your week to look like. If you do not plan your week, you will soon discover that it is Saturday and although you were very busy throughout the week, you still left undone some really important tasks. So here is the busy mum’s guide to planning your week.
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1. Have a Calendar
We can’t stress this enough. You should have a large calendar that has boxes in which you can pen in important tasks for the day. Better still, if you are a visual person, get a wall planner.
2. Make a List of Your Tasks
This is best done on Sunday, but you can do that during your lunch hour or after the children are in bed. Make a list of everything that has to be done this week, in order of priority. So if there are school projects or assignments, laundry or anything else that has to be done this week, list them out and fill them into the calendar.
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3. Check Your List Each Night
Before you turn in, go through your list (or calendar) and note if you were able to do everything that day. If you left some stuff undone, it might be that you are putting in too many things into your list. Reschedule them for next week or another day that does not have so many items.
4. Have a Meal Plan
This is so important and we cannot over emphasize how vital it is to plan your meals ahead. Know what you want to serve for Breakfast, lunch and dinner (including snacks) for the entire week. Write it out so that you can get all the ingredients you need at once when you go shopping, or else, you can work with what you already have in store. Ideally it would be nice to cook in bulk and store in the freezer, but if you are like most of us and have epileptic power supply, you can nix that.
If you are not sure how to write a meal plan, you can check out the Naija Housewives’ meal plan here.
5. Always Take a Few Minutes for You
Seriously. Once the children are in bed, the instinctive thing is to fall into bed yourself, but don’t do that. Take five minutes to listen to music (if you are the musical type) or a few minutes to watch TV. Read a chapter of your favourite book. Whatever…just make time out, no matter how little, for yourself.
Finally, stick to your plan as much as possible, but don’t hesitate to be flexible. Routine is good particularly for children, but it is also important to break out and be a little flexible.