Last Friday, my eldest son got his driver’s permit and I got my first hot flash.
I think not.
Add to that that Tuesday was my first day of high school – well, his, not mine but…
Lest we forget that their firsts as humans are also our firsts as parents and that should be a thing more people talk about.
Is it hot in here?
September just got real!
On Tuesday, I had a case of the Mondays, with school starting and all… ‘All’ being swimming, scouts, and baseball also starting yesterday.
And we have to do it all again tomorrow, and the next day, and…
Ready or not, the fall routine is in full swing.
Is it hot in here?
Thankfully, there are tools for managing this busy season.
After 47 text messages between three swim moms, I broke down and created a shared carpool spreadsheet.
Carpools and spreadsheets are two of my favorite productivity tools.
Carpools require asking for help which is one of the best ways to give yourself grace!
Spreadsheets offer a one-stop-shop for details that moms would otherwise try to manage from memory; which only leads to overwhelm. Every time.
We’re not selling carpools or spreadsheets here, just the reminder that a good system can help you manage your time this fall!
But don’t just take it from us…
Amanda came across a phenomenal podcast episode from The Lazy Genius Podcast that we are delighted to share with you this week.
It is titled How to Manage Your Time This Fall, and the timing couldn’t be better!
Here’s an excerpt from the episode transcript:
“Now here’s the problem… We’re so pumped to get into a routine. We’re also remembering other fall seasons where we felt scattered or overwhelmed and we’re like “that’s not happening to me again!” and so we have January energy with new planners and plans. It is very easy to take our optimism about the fall season and allow it to burn hot as we create all the routines and all the systems…
But that optimism burns hot and then burns out. You will not carry the excitement of the start of fall very far into September even.”
Listen to the episode (linked in the image below) to hear Kendra Adachi’s genius solution to this problem.
Kendra offers a structure for recurring tasks that is booming with grace. She calls it “let it go, make it easier, or make it matter.” She also shares a 5-step process that you will be grateful to have in your toolbox to manage your time this fall and beyond!
👩🏽💻 The Grace Lab
Join us on Fridays, at 2pm ET in The Grace Lab on Zoom for our weekly community call.
We start every call with a podcast chat. Where the conversation goes from there is dictated by the group. The hour flies by and we all head into our weekend with a little more grace.
Listen to the episode on tap for the week found here, then join us on Zoom! The episode is also the first one on the playlist below…
🎧 The Podcast Playlist for Busy Moms
We have a new format for our playlist! Instead of a new list weekly, we’ll be adding to the current playlist all month long; giving you more time to listen.
Remember to 💚 it to save it to your Spotify library so you can chip away at it while you sip your coffee, drive, walk, exercise, organize, fold laundry, cook, clean, etc.!
Click on the image below to listen:
🐝 BIZI: An Online Community for Busy Moms
Our online community is an off-social spot to engage and connect. We ask questions and share resources and ideas that encourage moms to give themselves grace.
Question of the week: What are your favorite productivity tools?
Post your response here in our online community (and/or check out what other moms are posting!)
And because we’re certainly not all business in our community…
📺 Here is the latest TV series our family has been watching.
📚 Here is what I’m currently “reading” (listening to). I was on the waitlist forever to get this one from the library!
📚 Here is what Amanda is currently reading. It’s a great read for moms of teenaged girls!
Share what you are in to this week here!
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At Grace in the Race, our mission is to help moms do what they can with the time, energy and resources they have; all while believing that’s enough.