Between all of the appointments, events and shopping, it can definitely feel like there simply isn’t enough time to get it all done! And while some things may not make the cut for our July- September calendars, some others are non-negotiable.
The key to success here is pre-planning and prioritizing how we’re scheduling our time.
In our three- part back to school series, we are talking about organizing your kids’ clothes and how to DIY an amazing homework station. But today, we’re talking all about how to manage your busy back-to-school schedule. So let’s dive in!
With back-to-school events starting as early as late July, now is a great time to start thinking about how you will schedule your time. Especially when dealing with those yearly physicals and other time-sensitive items.
Some areas to consider scheduling time for:
- Medical appointments
- Sport or music practices
- BTS events
- Supply shopping
- Clothes- sorting of old, shopping for new
Once you have your list started, you’ll need somewhere to put all of that information.
Creating a Calendar Command Center
The best bet, is to select a central location where all members of the household will have access to the calendar. Get an enlarged paper or whiteboard calendar where you can easily update appointment times and events, to keep everyone informed. Get excited!
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Just like that, you’ll be ruling that BTS schedule!
Scheduling Time on Your Calendar
Once you have the calendar set up, grab that packet of BTS papers that you tucked away for the summer and start sorting. If you can’t find it or are starting in a new school, you can easily search for your school’s information online. Or even call the main office for more information. You can also search online for school event and requirement information.
If you’re a military family, you can also reach out to your School Liaison Office (SLO) and they will gladly connect you with any school in the area, military or civilian! You can learn more about that program and see an updated directory for all branches, here.
And don’t forget one of your most powerful resources… other mama’s from your child’s grade/class! Hey, it takes a village right? You’re sure to get what you need!
Once you know what times are designated for those events, you can reserve some of the open time slots with back to school shopping and scouring Pinterest for homework station ideas.
If you’re passionate about shopping on a budget and getting the most bang for your buck, you can follow people like the Passionate Penny Pincher, who research and share their BTS shopping tips and how to save the most money. You can also view the weekly sales ad for any discounts and to compare prices.
Before you start shopping, don’t forget to do a quick sweep to see what supplies you have in the house from last year! You might be surprised at how much you already have.
We shared more about how-to sort through kids clothes here, but you should add time for that on the schedule as well.
Another routine to be thinking about is bedtime. This can be a challenging piece in getting BTS ready. For some, summer time allows for a more relaxed bedtime and routine. Prepping your kids prior to the week of school starting, will help to ease any pains of the transition back to more regular sleep hours and routines.
An easy solution is to help kiddos gradually transition back to their normal routine over the weeks prior to school. So instead of drastically changing bedtime from 11pm to 8pm, start this week with 10:30 or 10 even and gradually move the time up. This goes for wake up times as well.
For those more resistant to the earlier bedtime, you can consider allowing for a quiet activity time before their actual bed time, such as reading or drawing, which will provide a time for relaxation and allow the body to naturally prepare for rest.
Once you’ve taken the time to get these items on the calendar, make sure you USE the calendar for reference! Setting up a time every Sunday to review the calendar with all involved parties will greatly increase the success rate of completing all things back-to-school, in time.
Wondering what to include in your family command center? Grab our FREE checklist of ideas!