School is coming to an end and Team Shuman is excited for summer break, which brings changes to our family's normal schedule. And of course, we are ready for cookouts, vacations, swimming and NO HOMEWORK! Normally, I (Alisha) have not had a summer schedule ready before school ended. We enjoyed sleeping in and slowly working towards a summer rhythm, but that also left me more frazzled than relaxed (and halfway through June without a plan). Summertime means fun, but it also means more mouths to feed during the day, more bodies to clean up after, and all my day to day things to get done.
My 16-year-old cousin (from Indiana) is living with us again this summer, my sister is getting married in just a few weeks, round 2 of Crockpot Community is starting June 19th and I am studying for my group fitness instructor exam (August 10th). Lots of fun and exciting events going on, but after listening to a she works His way class on preparing for summer productivity, I knew I needed to have a plan this year BEFORE school ended. This would give clear expectations as well as create a smooth transition into the summer months.
Here are some takeaways from the class that may help you be productive as well:
It is easy to "work" throughout the day from my phone and lose track of time. Before I know it, I have gotten distracted and moved onto something "non-work" (ahem...social media scrolling) or have worked beyond my scheduled office time. During the school year, I work in the afternoons. This is prime pool time over the summer months and we certainly can not miss that. My new plan is to rise and shine at 5:30 am to knock out some office work before the kiddos are even out of bed. This is to make sure I am more present with them without sacrificing productivity in my business.
We had a family meeting this past week to discuss how everyone could help with the household chores and even meal times. Three of my four kiddos can make one or several breakfast meals on their own. My husband and I made a list of all the chores they could choose from and which day of the week they could choose to help with breakfast. I also asked my cousin (16 years old) and oldest son (14 years old) to take charge of making supper 1x/week, which will help me out immensely! All mini chefs must give me their menu and list of ingredients two weeks in advance when I sit down to meal plan. This will ensure we have all the ingredients necessary.
After breakfast, morning routines (get dressed & brush teeth), chores will be completed before free play and pool time. Any office work I did not get done will be completed in the first hour of pool time (after having an open conversation with my kids if they would mind me working during this time) and the second hour is studying for my exam. After those first two hours, the phone and books go away and playtime for momma commences! If you are looking for a way to plan your day to day, check out the free printables from Day Designer! I printed the Ideal Week planning page and put it in a frame on my desk. It serves as a daily reminder to stay on schedule. Click here to see all the beautiful options!
Feel free to download our schedule and make it your own too! We have ours in a page protector on the refrigerator where it is in plain sight for all to see (right above our meal planner).