3 Tips For Managing A Busy Fall Schedule Theresa September 17, 2016 Parenting 30 Comments With the arrival of fall, families are busier than ever. Whether you’re rushing to school events or after school activities, it’s easy to overbook your schedule. Have you ever been happy to watch your child’s sporting activity, but being somewhere else was constantly on your mind? That’s me this week – thinking about the laundry – instead of enjoying Samantha’s second tennis practice. Even though this time of year can be hectic, you can manage your busy fall schedule with a few simple tips. 3 Tips For Managing A Busy Fall Schedule When you can’t focus on loving the moment you’re in, it’s time to reconsider how you manage your schedule. As a mom of two kids under age 7, I have a few ideas to help you pause, relax, and enjoy the beauty of fall. 1.) Divide and conquer. To better manage your time, take all the help you can get. Whether you’re accepting offers for help from neighbors or grandparents, you might find that people can be very generous with their time. Share responsibilities within the household too. You should encourage the kids to do their chores around the house. Someone once said you should live as though you’re a household with 10 kids. When you have a big family, everyone pitches in because they know it would be impossible for mom to do everything. Live this way, even if you only have one or two kids. Chores are simply a part of life. 2.) Create a non-negotiable routine. As the kids return to school, set a clear routine for them from day one. We require some time for exercise or outdoor play right after school. Then, it’s time for homework. If you insist that homework happens early in the evening, it can be easier for your child to focus on the task at hand and stay alert while processing information. After homework comes dinner, reading time, and bedtime. One of the most key parts of creating a routine is that it becomes a habit. Make clear from the beginning that the routine is not negotiable. If you notice activities that tempt your kids to veer from the routine, such as television or tablet time, simple make those activities off limits during the week. You can allow more unstructured time during the weekend when everyone wants to relax. 3.) Continue a passion or hobby. Over the summer, taking time for yourself is often a priority. As your schedule gets busier in the fall, it’s easy to forget to give yourself Me Time, but you really must. This summer, I read Hemingway and Fitzgerald as well as the new Harry Potter book, went to the gym, ran long distances with the stroller, and soaked in the sun. As the school year starts, forgetting to create a routine for yourself (and one that includes Me Time) can make you feel very overwhelmed because your schedule becomes about everyone else. Take some time to write out a schedule for yourself. While your children do their homework, can you visit your home gym or go running around the block? When it’s time to make dinner, can you read a new novel as the food cooks? Adding in time for yourself might sound difficult with so many places to be all the time, but once you’ve created time for yourself, the whole family will get used to you doing that activity. As a side note, doing work from home does not count as time for yourself! Make sure you’re really doing something you love and that helps you relax or get healthier. As you learn to manage your busy fall schedule, you will better appreciate this beautiful time of year. Remember, don’t become so overwhelmed with the details of where you need to be next that you forget to enjoy where you are now. Do you have tips for managing busy fall schedules? Share in the comments! For more parenting advice, follow Theresa’s Reviews on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, and Flipboard. 30 Responses Brittany Ferrell September 18, 2016 As a teacher and mom, fall is crazy for me! I have been especially stressed out this year and I completely agree with your tips! This year I am trying to take my “To Do” list and prioritize it. I am finally beginning to realize I can’t do it all in one day! Reply Theresa September 18, 2016 Me too, I’m a teacher and a mom as well! It is super hectic, right? Reply Rebecca Bryant September 19, 2016 We are big about routine during the school year especially during marching season. Without it we would be lost. Reply Anna September 19, 2016 Scheduling is so important! I put even the most mundane things on my calendar. It really helps to get everything done, stay organized, and not overwhelmed. Reply Rachel Langer September 19, 2016 This time of year is so hard to get back into the habit of routine! Even though my husband and I work full time the summer schedule is still so much more relaxed. Reply Ellie Augustin September 19, 2016 With 4 kids it can be super crazy this year it’s going to be super busy so my BFF is a planner and our blackboard so I try to keep up with all our busy & Fun as well. Reply Charlotte September 19, 2016 We are definitely busier this season, I like the idea of sticking to a routine because that is something we need to work on! Reply Debra September 19, 2016 I definitely don’t know how we would manage when school starts in the fall without dividing and conquering! Great tips! Reply karen September 20, 2016 Great reminder about taking time out for yourself! Keeping up on a hobby is an excellent idea and one that would transition effortlessly from season to season or life transition to transition! Reply OurFamilyWorld September 20, 2016 Having a routine is very important. It makes our daily tasks and activities easier when we are following a routine. Reply Rose Sahetapy September 20, 2016 Having every day programmes scheduled and a routine is a way to keep up with all the daily activities. Continue the hobby as before is also great to balance the busy schedule, and a good treat to ourselves. Reply Taylor Mobley September 20, 2016 I’m taking 18 credits my last semester of college right now so I need a rigid schedule in order to maintain my sanity! Reply Sona Sethi September 20, 2016 Wow! I am not a parent yet but I can totally imagine the turmoil. Haha! kids are super energetic and its quite entertaining to see them jump everywhere. Reply Wendy Polisi September 20, 2016 Such great tips! I am really trying to carve out the time to make this fall special for our family. I need to find more time for my hobbies too. Reply Rachel Catherine September 20, 2016 Divide and conquer has been big for our parenting strategy at our house. I do feel like it leaves us feeling like less of a family sometimes though so it is important to make sure you’re not always dividing. Reply Kori September 20, 2016 It usually takes us a week or two to finally settle back into a routine during this time of the year. Thankfully we’re just about there! Reply Kim September 20, 2016 I was just telling my Husband that every weekend in October is booked already! Fall is so busy, but these are great tips. Reply Heather September 20, 2016 I love the idea of continuing a hobby into the fall. I often am going 100 mph and forget about any sort of self care. Reply Robin Rue September 20, 2016 Creating a routine that you don’t stray from is so important. So many people think that when they have a jam packed schedule that they can fit just one more thing in. Doesn’t work like that! Reply CourtneyLynne September 20, 2016 I would be lost without my schedule!!!! My whole life is planned and that way I stay in track! Reply Louise Bishop September 21, 2016 Non-negotiable is a great tip! Sometimes that’s what it takes to get things in order! Reply Brittany September 21, 2016 I needed this today! I love the Fall but it’s getting busier than I expected already! I love the idea of a good schedule that can keep everything else grounded. Reply Bianca @LadyWiser September 21, 2016 Having a schedule is a must for me. It’s the only way I manage to make time for myself with two teenage kids and a business. Reply Kiana September 21, 2016 These are such great tips, not only for those amazing super moms juggling it all, but for anyone in their day to day. Thanks for sharing! Reply Kristin September 21, 2016 These are all great tips! I am the kind of person that I have to write everything down the night before or nothing will get done, well a lot will get done but nothing on the MUST do list. Juggling everything is tough but that is why we, women, are able to multitask. Reply Stacy Cheetham(The Vegetarian Equestrian) September 21, 2016 Visiting for the first time – love it! Reply Amanda September 21, 2016 Such great tips! I especially love #3! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with our busy schedules that we forget to have time for ourselves doing something we enjoy. Reply Toughcookiemommy September 23, 2016 I never turn down help from family and friends. I’ve learned over the years to put my pride in my pocket and accept support when I need it. Reply Amber Nelson September 23, 2016 I always think it is going to slow down after summer but it never does! Then before you know it, it’s the holidays! Reply krystal September 25, 2016 I am trying to read more since it is such an important part of “me time!” Your tips are helpful since our schedule is starting to get busy here too! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.