The amount of planning that takes place on Sundays is directly reflected in the quality of my week, and that of my family.
There are a number of things I do every Sunday in preparation for the upcoming week, and if these things don't happen, we all feel it. We all feel the stress of the Wednesday night freak-out about the math test the next day...
- Plan meals for the week.
- Buy groceries - I try to keep it fresh, so I split this into two trips within the week. A mid-week trip to the grocery store is admittedly much easier to swing since the kids are all in school.
- Clean out the fridge (easier to bring home groceries with a clean fridge!)
- Change the sheets
- Haul dirty laundry down to the laundry room (save the actual task for Monday)
And if I have a ridiculously unproductive Sunday and nothing from that list happens, the one thing I must do is sit down with my planner and schedule the week. I check emails from teachers, sort through school papers, check PTO schedule, check activities, schedule tests, when library books are due, etc. The goal is no surprises/meltdowns the night before!
I love when Natalie sits down with me, with her planner and her back pack, and prepares for her own week. At 11 years old she finds peace in preparation, just like me.