1.Make good use of Google calendar and other similar apps
As a busy mum who is always on the go, one of the best ways to keep track of all your appointments and plans for the week is to plug them into a Google calendar. By so doing, you will receive an email reminder every morning that helps immensely because you may often forget to check the calendar. To make the most of the Google calendar, write out a comprehensive to-do-list and allocate a day and time to it. After doing this, set the Google calendar reminder to say 3hours, so that you can get a pretty reasonable window of time to articulate and carry it out.
- Sort out the family meal calendar for the week
We are very sure that figuring out what the kids and family will eat during the week is often times a herculean task right? This is why planning ahead or if you like, or having family meal timetable comes to the rescue. So how do you sort this challenge out? We will tell you how:
A: Spend at least 15 minutes during the weekends to map out the week’s meals.Create two or three weekly dinner menus and then rotate so your family doesn’t get bored. That way, dinner will remain something they will look forward to. Babygrubz penned an amazing article on busy mums hack for healthy family meals. You can read all about it here http://fabmumng.com/busy-mom-hacks-fast-healthy-childrens-meals/
B:If you can, please do some bulk shopping so there is always foodstuffs or condiments in the house. Where this isn’t possible, prepare as many meal elements as possible in advance over the weekend (chop and bag veggies, parboil rice, stir together spice mixtures or sauces). Buy pre-prepped or frozen fruits and vegetables because this affords you the privilege of whipping up some quick, delicious and healthy family meals in a flash.
- Reconnecting with your spouse
If you live in a busy city like Lagos, you will agree that everyone seems to be operating a very fast pace. We rarely have time to stop and breathe. This is why you have to consciously pause and pay attention to the people that matter the most in your life. Set out a particular day(s) in the week when you can literally reconnect with your spouse. This could be in form of a date night, movie night or a time when you both just engage in some honest conversations. To make this a reality, you both have to agree on a day/time in the week where you both have undivided attention for each other. A great way to make this happen, if you are both have a career going, is to find a way to leave the office a little earlier. You two can also agree to wake up a little earlier to chat before work or stayi up a little later to talk in bed. No matter the option you choose, just ensure that it affords the two of you ample time to reconnect.
4. Spend quality time with your kids
Do you know that children spell LOVE as TIME? That’s right, that means the quality of time you spend with your children is much more important to them than the expensive gifts or toys you buy them. So, deliberately set out a reasonable amount of time each day of the week to talk to them, follow up on their academic progress and just reconnect with them. You would be amazed at how much your children know.
The points listed above are very simple and basic way to plan your week and feel in control of your life!
It won’t take you more than 20 minutes to do it tonight and you will wake up with a sense of purpose and passion on Monday morning.
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