Back to School: 7 Ideas for Busy Moms

It’s the kids’ first day back at school, and it’s so weird not having them around.

I promised myself that I wouldn’t race right into work today. That I would allow myself, after a busy summer, to stretch and dawdle and enjoy an unscheduled, very quiet day – which hasn’t been part of my reality for three or so months.

So far this morning, I’ve had coffee with friends, cleaned the house, scrubbed my carpets, taken my dog on a long walk while listening to the most amazing audiobook from audible .(It’s called The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, so if you belong to audible, look for it.) I’ve also done some yoga, paid the bills, caught up with friends on facebook and read a magazine.

It’s funny how you get used to doing things in short little bursts when the kids are around – and when you have a whole day to fill, you suddenly have a whole new concept of time.

So in this little window where I all of a sudden feel like I have more time than I really do, I’m going to try to do a few things to make my life easier for the year ahead.

Here are 8 ideas:

1. . Make some “School Year Resolutions.” You’ll have a little more time on your hands over the next nine months or so. Energize yourself with some new goals. Is this the right time to start a new business? Research a new job? Write a novel? Take a class? Start a new fitness routine?

2. Make reservations for your next Date Night.
Book the restaurant and the babysitter.

3. Start planning your next vacation. Sit down with your calendar and write in the kids’ winter, holiday and spring breaks from school. Start making plans now for your next vacation or family adventure.

4. Organize your summer snapshots. Here are the latest coupons for my favorite photo processing sites: Snapfish Coupons and Shutterfly Coupons.

5. Do the paperwork you’ve been putting off. Just do it. You’ll feel soooo much better.

6.  Take a really close look at your schedule for the upcoming season/school year. Are you scheduled to do things that you really don’t want to do? Why are you doing them? See what you can pare down in the weeks and months ahead to make room for what you really love to do.

7.  Order takeout tonight.