I have two friends whose oldests started Grade R this year, we met for wine earlier this week and both of them were slightly frazzled and asked me how do I do it. I laughed and said “I am super organised” and the proceeded to tell them how I dropped Kiara off a week early for dancing and may have scarred her for life.
I am not really super organised but I acknowledge that I do have some organisational skills because I manage 6 diaries (Yes Emma has a diary and with David travels coming up I do need to know where he is and when) and for the most part everyone does get to where they need to be with what they need to have.
I have had to up my organising game this year mainly because Cameron often has to be here, there and everywhere in one afternoon (he has added cricket to the soccer and swimming we already do this term).
So how do I do it?
Plan the day, the week, the month. I can’t plan in isolation. I need to know when galas are for the month so I know if I can book parties or if David has a race on the same day. Every monday I plan the week ahead, adding in matches, coffee dates etc. Each morning I run through the day with the kids – when does Cam need to be fetched, is there yoga, will David be late. I have three months stuck up against my wall above my desk, a weekly planner from Typo and my diary.
Communication! Even with the school communicator, whatsapp groups and newsletters stuff changes so I have to ask all of them each day whats happening, today and tomorrow.
Don’t procrastinate. This is something I have to work on. If the books get piled on your desk to cover – cover them. Complete the newsletter. Reply to the school mails. Get it done and out of the way.
Create a network. I have spoken about this before but a network of moms helps so much. They are the moms you ask when your child has forgotten their study notes or needs to be collected and you are stuck in traffic. It can also include the school secretary or even the teacher. These people will be invaluable and save your sanity often.
Don’t stress the small stuff. There was a twitter conversation the other night about last minute requests from kids for school. It was for a different colour cap. The child had a cap but they needed a different colour one for some reason. I have stopped stressing about this sort of thing. If it is within my power to get whatever it is they need, I will. If not I won’t. Obviously I will do my best to follow the rules but sometimes I can’t and no one ever failed because their cap was the wrong colour or their book was covered in brown instead of red.
Tell me how you keep your kids organised?