These last few months have been some of the busiest and most stressful months I've had for a long time. With me back in school to get my bachelors degree, taking 14 credits in online and evening courses, I can't help but feel overwhelmed. Most days I would get up, get my daughter off to school, my son off to pre-school, and head back home to start homework. I would work on my homework most of the day. Hopefully sneaking in some time to design for the site and keep things running. Then I was off to class in the evening each weeknight, except for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It felt like my life was out of balance. The laundry and cleaning got out of control. I wasn't finding time to cook dinner. The kids played in the house all day in their pajamas...
So, I wracked my brain trying to come up a solution that would get me sane again. Here is what I came up with:
On Mondays, I try not to do homework. I spend more time playing games with the kids. It brings me back to the basics and I've noticed I laugh a lot more. Even though we have school, preschool, dance, and college, it seems to be better without me working on my computer all day.
Tuesdays are dedicated to homework. I spend most of the morning and afternoon getting things caught up. By the time my daughter is out of school, I'm done. This has allowed us to make after school snacks and play some games. I also get dinner on the table in a decent time. ;)
Wednesdays are a free day again. I play games, I work a little on the site, and spend more time with my children... Again, yay for cooking dinners!
Thursdays are homework days again. I usually have homework due for 3 class on this day alone so I work hard to get everything done and still get dinner on the table before my class from 7:30 to 9.
Fridays are my cleaning days. I actually LOVE Fridays. Basically, my computer stays off most of the day. I spotlessly clean my house. I do ALL the laundry. I get the kids involved in cleaning. We work hard and love the reward of having a clean house for the weekend and I love having every drop of laundry done.
Because we accomplish so much over the week, our weekends are usually free to do something fun. I don't spend all day Saturday cleaning the house or wasting the day.
I was so worried that the next 5 weeks of school were going to bury my into the ground... but I have found new hope! This system works for me, my husband, and my kids! It was all about finding a little balance. :)