Managing School Mornings Part 2 – Time Management
At the beginning of the school year I came up with a routine for myself and the kids and became very intentional about how I managed our time in the morning. Usually when things go sideways, it’s because of me. Mom is always to blame right? I am not a morning person and having a set routine in place makes things easy for me because I don’t have to think, I just have to follow the plan!
At the beginning of the school year, I sat down and wrote out all the things that needed to happen each morning and by what time. From that, I mapped out a schedule which has been working really well for us. It looks like this:
6am-7am- Me Time
7am-8am- It’s Go time
8am-8:30am – shower and get dressed
8:30am – time to leave for school
Here is a little secret, the biggest contributing factor to our mornings running smoother this year is this magical hour every morning I like to call “me time”. I don’t know what has happened to me in the last few months, but I have lost the ability to sleep past 6am! I fought this for awhile but then I realized how nice it was to wake up ahead of the kids and have some time to myself.
From 6-7am, the kids are still sleeping and the house is blissfully quiet! During this time I enjoy a few of my favorite blogs and drink my coffee…while it’s hot!
It’s a really fun and inspiring way to start my day. In case any of you are wondering, here are the blogs that I read every week
Having this time to myself first thing in the morning has really influenced the tone of our mornings and really helps me to “wake up and be awesome” instead of waking up and being a cranky B-word.
At 7am, it’s game on. This next hour is a hustle and there is a lot to accomplish, but since I have started having that “me time” I find I am much more productive and focused. I wake the kids up…well the older two anyway. Stella is usually already up, dressed and has her bed made by about this time. It is the silver lining to having an early bird kiddo!
From 7-8, I make breakfast and pack school lunches. I also supervise the kids to make sure they are on task and try and manage the squabbling. I will share more about their routine tomorrow, but by 8am, the kids have done their chores, and are ready for school. That is when I let them have free time, they are allowed to play or watch TV.
Shower and Get Dressed
Over the years, I have driven the kids to school in my pajamas many a time. There is nothing wrong with that at all, but that would usually happen because our morning had been particularly brutal. Now that I have my new schedule in place, I actually have time to shower and get myself ready in the morning. Imagine!
Sitting down back in September and coming up with our current schedule was one of the best things I have ever done. And like I already mentioned, I know that I am the captain of the ship and our mornings fall entirely on my shoulders. Taking some time for myself first thing is the key to this success, cause you know if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
What are your tips for managing your time in the morning? Do you get up before your kids?
As always, thanks for reading!