This week was the start of school for me. Back to work. Back to day care for the girls. Back to our schedule. And can I tell you, I really dislike the first week of school.
The first week of school is crazy. New students. New routines. A whole new year. It's all very intimidating. I don't sleep well.
But I'm hoping for a good year. Last year was hard. Really, really hard. We have a nice group of kids this year. A new principal. A new, later start time. Things are looking good.
And the new school year means new school supplies (why do new school supplies make me so happy?).* And the fresh start that comes with a new year.
I like to feel organized. This year one of my goals is to keep things more organized at home. To make sure everything has a place (and make sure it gets there) and to clear out some of the stuff we don't use anymore. To have fewer late nights. And fewer rushed mornings. I have new calendars for planning, notebooks for lists and washi tape to make them look pretty.
My new schedule gives me a little flexibility. I have exactly 36 minutes from the time I can leave work to the time I need to pick up the girls. One of my coworkers told me she read a book about being organized and the author said productive people don't think, I only have 10 minutes, I can't get anything done. Instead they think, I have 10 minutes, what can I get done? So I'm trying to think that way. I have 36 minutes, what can I get done? I can squeeze in a quick run. I can go to the post office. I can pick up a few things from the grocery store. I can go to the bank. All tasks that are more difficult with 2 tired girls in tow. And being productive during those 36 minutes gives me a little more free time in the afternoon. To read. To write. To relax.
Does anyone have other ideas for how to stay organized/productive/motivated as the new school year starts?
*E and I were watching the news over the weekend, and there was a story about Crayola. I commented on how I love fresh markers. E laughed and said most women my age are not excited about new markers.