I’m finally back at work, 13 months after I started my maternity leave and second time round, things are different to say the least – but I’m implementing the same techniques as I did after my first leave to get me through the week with as few hiccups as possible.
And it all starts on a Friday after school. Yes, it sounds crazy, but I haven’t tried not doing it like this, and to be honest, I don;t feel like testing the waters. Although not clinically diagnosed, I’m a certified scatterbrain. I’m the person who looks for my phone while it’s in my hand But since having the boys, I’ve really had to get myself together and I figure out a few things that help my week go a little smoother.
I’m no expert and I’m sure there are hundreds, if not thousands of posts out there on this topic, but each one has its own twist and this is my take on it as a Mrs, Mum & Member of staff:
Prep outfits for the week for yourself and your little ones:
5 work outfits for you. 5 nursery/school outfits for the kids. All ironed, all hung up and ready to go. Nothing wastes more time in the morning than looking for what to wear. We do all uniform washing on a Friday and all the prepping on a Sunday.
Meal Prep, know exactly what everyone is having…. way before they even know they’re hungry
Imagine this, you have just done 8 hours at work, with a 45 minute commute on each end. You get home and everyone is looking at you with hangry eyes. You open the cupboard and a single tin of beans is staring back at you. Is that life? If you plan meals for the week, then you can plan the weekly food shop too. It just means you have everything you need to feed the family. I have a basket of snacks for Max & Micaiah that hey can reach for a little something after school and always have cooked chicken, a container of jollof rice and some type of stew ready to go.
Prep the bags
Milk, check, spare jumper, check, spare socks, check, spare socks in case we mess up the spare socks, check. Put it all in a bag the night before. You’re less likely to forget something and if you’re running late you can just grab’n’go. Dont forget reading books, and any extra curricular bags that you might need for the following day. With your stuff, put keys in coat pockets & purse in your bag, I’ve been known to pack my watch and spare pair of earrings for myself because in the morning rush who knows what I’ll forget!
Be like CNN, report things as they happen
…. Or as soon as you possibly can. If your little human has had a major poonami you’re going to get into the office 30 minutes late, report it as soon as possible. Send a text, email, paper aeroplane, just let them know. Chances are a poop explosion email at 7.50 although not welcomed, is going to be much more appreciated than an ‘I’m going to be late’ email after you are supposed to have arrived. Just my thoughts. Alternatively, if you’re supposed to be meeting friends and something has popped up, and you can’t make it, let them know ASAP (I’m the worst at this & still learning).
Add 15 minutes to everything
…… the ‘15’ here is interchangeable depending on your child’s age and level of general cooperation. Those days of planning everything to the second are long gone. Who knows what curve ball may be thrown in your direction today. Below are some actual curve balls that I have been thrown when I need to be somewhere:.
- The Poop explosions curve ball
- The ‘I don’t want to….’ curve ball
- The ‘I’m going to remove every item of clothing you put on me as soon as you turn your back’ curve ball
- The ‘Let’s see if mummy knows where I hid her keys’ curve ball
Basically lots of things can slow your morning down. Always try and give yourself extra time. If all goes well, you may be able to make a cup of tea and drink it hot (gasp!). If not, at least you’re not a sweat-fest rushing to your 9 o’clock meeting.
Despite all this, sometimes, the things above are completely impossible. There is no ‘spare’ time to prepare bags, iron clothes and chop parsnips. And you know what, that is completely fine: COMPLETELY FINE. If everyone is clean, fed and dry, then life can go on!
What tips do you have for getting through the week? Do the mornings get easier as children get older? Do you have any curve ball dodging techniques? Share them in the comments. Help a girl out!