But, I am going to miss my foursome something fierce.
In order to offset my sadness/potential loneliness, I've decided that a plan is in order. I always need a plan, but with the inevitable mix of emotions AND increasingly heavy workload, I know that strategy and focus will be especially important. My ultimate goal is to get as much work done as I can on those three mornings while Kaiah is at school; however, I also hope to use the kid-less opportunity to volunteer in the other kids' classrooms, meet friends for coffee, workout, schedule appointments, etc.
In keeping with my OCD tendencies, I figured it would be a wise idea to actually put my plan down on paper (errr..blog). That way, when I get in a rut (because it WILL happen), I can refer back to this post and give myself a swift kick in the rear! So, here it is: Missy's WAHM/Making-The-Most-Of-My-Time Plan!
1. Make a list. I use TeuxDeux to keep me organized. I'm a huge fan and monthly subscriber of this application that allows me to update lists via my iPhone or desktop AND create lists for all my different clients. Of note: I'm totally the girl that adds mundane tasks to her lists (like "make breakfast") just so I can check them off when complete.
Here's a screenshot of a recent list for The Social Starr (NOT my daily list -- which is much, much longer!)
2. Stick to a routine. This one's self explanatory, and will likely go something like this (on M/W/F while Kai Pie is preschoolin' it up!):
- 4:45 -- Wake up
- 5:00 -- Run/Workout
- 6:00 -- Shower
- 6:35 -- Get kids up
- 7:00 -- Breakfast for kids
- 7:15 -- Get kids on bus
- 7:30 -- My breakfast/Catch-up on emails/client social media profiles
- 8:15 -- Get Kaiah ready for school
- 8:45 -- Leave for preschool
- 9:15 - 11:15 -- WORK
- 11:30 -- Preschool pick-up
- 12:00 -- Lunch
- 1:00 - 2:15 -- Quiet Time (QT) for KT/more WORK for ME
- 2:15 -- Playing, reading, walking, hanging with my girl
- 3:15 -- Big kids get off bus
- 3:30 -- Snack/homework
- 4:15 -- Start dinner
- 5:00 -- Eat dinner
- 5:30 - 8:00 -- Evening activities, depending on the day
- 8:00/8:30 -- Bedtime routine for the muchkins
- 8:30-10:00 -- Hangin' with the hubs/work catch-up/preparing for the next day/SLEEP!
3. "Eat My Frog" first thing.
I posted this a while back on The Social Starr Facebook Page and, as it turns out, I'm not the only one that prefers to take on my most dreaded/challenging task first. Not going to lie -- every morning I have to consciously MAKE myself do this, or I will end up lost in the wonderful world of Pinterest and coffee. The rewards, though, are great! I find so much satisfaction and motivation in completing the thing I was dreading most. Talk about momentum for the rest of my day!
4. Be flexible.
Truth be told, this is a tough one for me (see above). I thrive on routine and list-making (again, see above) but, as we all know, life likes to throw us curveballs! Sick kids, client issues, impromptu opportunities, etc. These are the things I can't avoid, but need to embrace. This girl can use a little more spontaneity in her life.
5. Have fun!
Never before in my mom life have I consistently had uninterrupted hours to myself. This year my motto is going to be: Make The Most Of It! And that doesn't just mean with work. Admittedly, this self-employed stuff has been tough. The work is never done. Even when everything is checked off my list, there is always more I could be doing. And that's hard for me. Plus? Guilt tends to creep in whenever I'm not working my day away like I feel like I should be doing. So, my plan? Show myself some grace and allow for the fun stuff, too -- even if that means grocery shopping sans little Starrs, a trip to the mall, Starbucks bible study, or cleaning in peace (yes, music and dancing might be involved). Also? PROJECTS! I have so many ready to tackle!
I can only pray that this transition is really as easy as 1-2-3-4-5. I plan on checking back in with you all periodically for REAL life, honest updates as I enter this uncharted territory. In the meantime? HERE GOES NOTHIN'!