The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:
Summer is here, and while most of my sun-lovin’ friends are soaking it up, I’ve been thinking up ways to stay cool and productive.
Yes, I’m not a Summer person. Sorry! There’s just something about the heat, the humidity and the constant sunlight that saps away my energy and makes me want an afternoon nap. It turns me into a crabby, cranky mom and drains my creative inspiration completely.
Yes, it is that bad and I need to take action to make sure that I don’t feel like this all the time.
Create a Workable, Productive Schedule
I can’t stress enough the importance of a schedule for the summer season. Why? Because the kids are at home, the days are long and the scorching Sun (at least here in India) makes it impossible for us to venture out before evening.
A schedule, of some sorts, ensures that things get done, you don’t get flustered and cranky (ask me how I know!) and most importantly, you have fun. Despite the sun.
This is how I work out a schedule for the summer season:
Find Your High on Energy Time Slots
Since my energy dips really low towards the afternoon, post lunch, I tend to keep most of my energy-intensive activities for the early morning and pre-noon time. So, find your own hi-energy time periods and use those to schedule activities that require running, picking, walking and a large part of your brain.
This is the hardest for me. Once I create a routine, I expect it to be set in stone. But, as a mom, professional, and homemaker, I know that this really doesn’t happen.
So, things do go out of sync, especially since during the summer holidays, my toddler is at home from preschool, I may have impromptu travel plans or unexpected guests. I try to flow with the change.
What doesn’t get done today, gets done tomorrow. First thing. Again, this may not be the case always(!) but it is what I try to do.
Let Go of Something
My summertime schedule can be productive and positive only because I let go off a few things. I have my husband to thank for this because I’m a more “do-it-all, even-if-it-kills-me” kinda gal.
So, in the summer season, I don’t sweat over a hot iron, I pay someone to take my laundry, iron it and give it back to me. It does mean I have to save somewhere else, but for me, its worth it. Letting go off something ensures that you free up time to either focus on what’s important or what’s fun!
Have Resources for Summer Fun at Hand
An important part of being productive during the summer season is to know how to keep the kids engaged, active and busy. Since my toddler is at a stage where she wants “mama” with her, I needed to have a stash of ideas of things to do with her.
Enter Jessica Fisher’s Summer Survival Guide, my go-to resource for everything summer related. Activities, plans, routines and so much more. It is what is helping me keep my sanity and my daughter happy during the hot Indian summer months.
Mandi’s also created a list of 101 Ways to Embrace Summer here at Life Your Way.
Plus, I created a huge list of craft sites that have the most wonderful ideas for toddler and preschool crafts and head to them when I need to know how to make a paper plate bird!
How do you create a fun, workable, productive schedule for the summer season?
|Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.|