I am not a very organized person, but I quickly learned that this was something that needed to change when I became a working mom. Tracy, on the other hand is much more organized so preparing for the work week ahead came naturally to her. In this week’s article on planning ahead, we give our perspectives on how we make it work.
Since most of us work very hard to get home as close to 5:00pm as we can, stopping on the way home to pick up dinner or diapers is not the ideal. To avoid these last minute shopping trips, I had to train myself to prepare for the week ahead on Sunday afternoons. I used to avoid thinking about work on Sundays, but I learned that if I didn’t plan ahead, my work week became much more hectic. So now Sunday’s afternoons have become my time to run errands with the girls. I do a quick inventory of baby needs. Once or twice a month I run to Costco and pick up my wipes and formula. And then to Target for baby food and diapers and shop for other things that I really don’t need. And since Brent is headed out of town for work, he usually hits the grocery store for me and buys food that will make quick and easy dinners for the week.
I also check our family calendar and make sure to update it with any notes for our nanny such as upcoming vacation days or doctor’s appointments. I usually give her a call to discuss plans for the week or updates on Annie’s development over the weekend because Monday mornings can be so hectic trying to get out the door.
These little steps have made our transition from weekend to work week much smoother.
I am going to make this short and sweet in my sleep deprived state! First of all, I think Jenny is being kind to say organization comes natural to me – I think I’m just good at faking it! I am typically the mom you will see running through the aisles of Harris Teeter any given night around 5:30 pm with 4-year old in tow to try and find something quick to run home and make for dinner. But about a year ago I realized how hectic that made my weeks feel (why it took me that long, I’ll never know!) not to mention how much money we were spending on these nightly visits. So now I try and plan our week’s meals out on the weekend and make one big shopping trip on Saturday or Sunday. One huge asset I have found is the HT e-vic program where they send me a weekly email of all the specials that week. I then select things that are on special for the week and plan my meals around that. It sure beats trying to figure out what we’re going to do for dinner on the fly!
I am sure many of you moms have mastered the art of organization and being prepared. Please share with us what you do to make your work week easier on you and your family. Also, we have filed the “How We Do It” series under “working moms” so you can easily reference all of the articles.