Thursday, May 13, 2021
Sounds appealing, right? We all want MORE WEEKEND!
I may be too late this week for this blog post, but put it in your backpocket for next week, ok?
I don’t know why, but I am kind of obsessed with productivity. Are you like that? I want to get stuff done, but then I take my down time very seriously…
I had a really great Saturday morning on the Saturday before Mother’s Day and I realized why…
I had done the major errands during the week and I woke up Saturday free as a bird! I actually felt like I was forgetting something!
Working moms, but also stay at home moms, might dread Saturdays because it is traditionally the day we have to get all of those annoying errands done, right?
Wouldn’t you rather be doing this?
You might just be able to…
-If you have young kids, set out a forgotten toy or toys the night before where they will see them upon waking or set out the breakfast and tell them to take care of themselves! lol!
-Tell your husband you want to start a “tradition” of him taking the kids out for breakfast or to a park for a “breakfast picnic”. Maybe he won’t get the subterfuge?
-See what you can outsource – order it instead of running to a store, delegate to a kid or to spouse.
-Pick one weekday to bundle your errands. Since I have Wednesday as my work from home day I do this during my lunch break. Yesterday I picked up a repair from the tailor and my groceries which are in the same shopping center.
-I have decided that if I can do my big grocery run during the week it makes me happier. I like going in to the weekend with fresh groceries.
-This does require some planning and of course there may be a few things you need, but I have decided if I can do grocery pick up for the bulk of it I don’t mind running in for a few things and in fact, it can be enjoyable.
-Pick one weekday to do the cleaning so that Saturdays are not all about that life. When I was totally virtual, I did my cleaning on Friday after my last class so I could go into the weekend with an already clean house.
-Pick one day to do your laundry. I have been doing mine on Wednesday mornings.
Why are we such a society obsessed with productivity? I thought we learned our lesson in 2020?
I think you all will appreciate this…
I told my students I would do a “life lessons” session for them because they were interested in this. We don’t really do a good job with this in high schools of 2021, in my opinion. So, I asked them to submit questions about college, finances, and other general questions. These were anonymous and I am using this to prepare my power point.
One of my sweet teens asked, “How do you achieve a healthy work/life balance?”
You all, I love teenagers! They are so smart and so aware. I have really enjoyed reading their questions and they are so excited to talk about this. Yes, I teach Spanish, but our principal told us to not try to make up for lost time, to pick the most essential standards for our courses, and to help the students with what they needed to close out the year. So, I am squeezing this in while they are preparing their final presentations.
I think the secret to achieving a healthy work/life balance is using your time efficiently – bundling errands, outsourcing, etc., knowing yourself and when and how you work best, compartmentalizing work and trying to keep home and work separate, and taking time to re-charge your batteries and do things that fill your cup.
What are your best tips for less errands and more weekend?
Thanks for listening to my Thursday Thoughts,