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We did it!
We survived the crazy that was the first week of school. Like the first week with a new baby, the first week of school is a lot of crazy, a lot of tired, and a lot of figuring out how on earth this schedule is all going to work out.
(Ok, so it’s NOT as intense as the first week with a newborn, but it gives me slight flashbacks to that time. Also, those of you dealing with Back to School/Life AND a baby right now? All I can say is a big ol’ Texas “Bless Your Heart”)
Now we have one week of normal-ness before Labor Day throws another goofy week our way. I’m in full on back-to-life mode, and so today I wanted to give you all my tips and tricks on how to rock YOUR back to life routine this year before the holiday madness hits!
The tips I’m sharing work no matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom, a homeschooling mom, a work-outside-of-the-home mom, or a work-from-home mom like me!
How To Rock Your Back-To-Life Routine
Now just yesterday I shared with you just how much COFFEE gets me through these days! However, one thing about Texas is that even though the leaves are starting to change colors slightly it’s still SO HOT. So where do you turn for that much needed-energy boost? No worries, I’ve got you covered!
You see Gold Peak® has some *amazing* new products out that hit the spot perfectly! Whether you’re a tea or a coffee lover there’s a new cold brew flavor that’s perfect for you. Even better? You won’t have to wait in those looooong coffee shop lines and forgo saving for the holidays to pay for these delicious treats.
I found mine in the cold storage grab and go section of Walmart, but yours might be in the beverage aisle, too! I bought all the new flavor options (because, yum!)
- Gold Peak Chai Tea Latte
- Gold Peak Vanilla Chai Tea Latte
- Gold Peak Salted Caramel Coffee Drink
- Gold Peak Almond Toffee Coffee Drink
The Gold Peak Tea Lattes are made with Real Sugar and Real Tea, so you can feel good about purchasing them! Also, Gold Peak Coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans, real cream and real sugar too! The sizes are perfect for single serving and will really give you that delicious cold drink to provide you with more energy and alertness–which you’ll need for the rest of my tips!
Plan, plan, and then plan some more
I have several “brains” none of which are the one found in my head. Because I juggle working from home with 2 different jobs, plus being the main care provider for the kids AND our home I have a whole lot to keep track of! I help make sure that all my plates stay spinning and not crashing onto the ground by using several different ways to track and plan all I have going on. Here’s the breakdown of what they are, and how to use them!
Create a weekly schedule
Use an on or offline Word Processing System to create a rough weekly schedule for yourself. This can either be super lax, or extremely detailed like mine is. Back when I only worked one job I just had general tasks assigned to each day of the week and a morning and evening routine for me and the kids written in. As you can see, these days things are a little more detailed!
I’m the kind of person that if I don’t have a specific task in mind I get overwhelmed. This is when I find myself mindlessly scrolling through social media. Or if I don’t have a set time to clean my house each week that slides to the bottom of my mind with my “could always be doing so much more” job. It’s not until I walk into the bathroom and go “oh, gross!” that I only realize it’s been a month since I deep cleaned it.
Setting up a daily schedule like this makes sure that those things don’t slip through the cracks. Of course, you’re going to have weird weeks and days. But this helps with the 75% of the time your life isn’t in complete chaos. Feel like your life is always in chaos? Then this will actually help that big time!
You can see by the picture above how I structure each day. On the outline section, you can see that I also use this document to help direct my flow of work each day. It’s also where I keep my Word of the Year and some other inspirational tidbits that I know I need to re-focus on from time to time!
How I keep track of making sure I’m following my schedule depends on the day. Using your phone timer is a great tool to make sure you’re sticking to those batches of time. It also really helps you keep your focus! My BIG goal this back-to-life season is to track my time at work. I’m contracted for all my jobs right now, which means that I get paid a set fee no matter how long it takes. It would be super beneficial for me, however, to “track my hours” so I can get a good grip of how much I’m even making an hour, and where I might need to tweak my time management.
Use An On and/or Offline Calendar to Track Big Events
Once you’ve got your weekly schedule/routine down it’s time to focus in on those events that don’t happen every single day in the same order. I use an online calendar that I absolutely love! It lets me create several different calendars and then I can display and share them according to what I need to keep track of at the moment, and who they’re relevant to. For example, here are the 5 different calendars I have all tied into the one, what I use them for, and who they’re shared with!
- Personal Things — Here’s what you get a glimpse of above! This is the all-things-family calendar I keep to help me remember when the kids have special things going on, to track our vacations, days off, appointments, and all that adult-ing stuff. This is shared with hubby
- Work Things — My job varies wildly week to week. I use this to keep track of things (like this post!) and my other job to-dos
- Menu Planning — Exactly what it sounds like! I use this as part of my menu planning system each week.
- Money — Helps me keep track of money that’s supposed to be coming in
- Confident Foundation Blog Posts — This is shared with my blog contributors so we know when each other will be posting! If you have a team keeping things on an online calendar is a perfect way for everyone to stay in sync!
Use a Paper Planner to Schedule and Check off Daily Tasks
Finally, we have my good ol’ pen and paper planner! I use this each day to keep me focused on everything that needs to be accomplished within that 24-hour span. It’s where my schedule and online calendar meet into a tidy little space. Plus I love the sense of accomplishment that checking off boxes gives me!
If you use the combination of these easy and inexpensive tools, with a glass of delicious Gold Peak Salted Caramel Coffee Drink at your side, you are sure to ROCK your back-to-life routine!