As a full-time mom, girlfriend, pre-school teacher, and college student things tend to get a little crazy for me. For the past month, I haven’t had to worry about classes and assignments and due dates but school is starting back up tomorrow and I’m sitting here wondering where all that time went.
Right now, I’m looking at only 3 more semesters of college until I FINALLY graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. While I am super excited and can feel success on the horizon, I’m pretty nervous as well. My Spring, Summer, and Fall schedules are already pretty loaded and it’s only the beginning! Although the stress and anxiety of starting a new semester on top of everything else I’ve got going on is enough to leave me completely panicked, I’ve found that preparing myself mentally and physically has helped me feel a bit calmer than I might have been. I want to share some of my go-to tips and tricks for preparing yourself for a busy week, month, season—whatever you call it!
- Make your planner your best friend. I am a planner girl through and through—always have been. This year, instead of a traditional planner, I’m using a Bullet Journal! I love it so far because it’s practical and it allows room for lots of creativity. I spend Sundays planning for the week ahead. I try to write everything down—assignments, work responsibilities, family responsibilities—all at one time. I like having a big picture of my week so I know what to expect. Of course, there are things that come up unexpectedly but having a general outline for the week makes those unexpected things a little easier to handle.
I use a Leuchtturm1917 for all my bullet journaling purposes. But there are loads of other great options out there.
- Meal Plan, Meal Plan, Meal Plan. Ok, so I have to be honest with y’all…I’m not really a fan of meal planning. I hate thinking ahead about what I want to eat because that changes like every day. I don’t know what I want to eat on any given day but I digress. Meal plans are, ultimately, a good thing for stress reduction. With a meal plan, I know what I need to have on hand and I’m not running around like a crazy person trying to find something to feed the kid.
- Sundays are for getting stuff done. Since I work Monday thru Friday and typically spend time cleaning the house or hanging out with family on Saturdays, Sundays are normally the only day I have to get stuff done for myself. As I said before, I spend Sundays planning out my week. But I also spend Sundays getting other stuff done, too. I try to get some school work done on Sundays and prep whatever I might need for the week at work. I write out blog posts for the week and get them scheduled so I don’t have to worry about getting ’em posted! I also pull out my kiddo’s outfits for the week (with her help) so I don’t have to worry about that either.
- Sundays are for relaxing. The best way to keep stress and anxiety at bay is to take care of yourself before it even starts. Although I do spend most of my Sundays getting ready for the week ahead, I think it’s important to spend some of it relaxing, too. I love taking long baths and listening to a podcast or just laying in bed and reading a book. Today, I’m typing up blog posts in bed with a big bowl of popcorn and Netflix.
Those are some of my go-to tips for prepping for a busy season in your life. What are your go-to tips?