Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.
King Solomon – the wisest man who ever lived
Why is it that when school starts up, in many ways it feels like the start of a new year … even for those of us whose children have flown the coup? My summer absolutely disappeared this year for a few different reasons, and what my husband and I were reminded of is how we thrive in routine and survive without it. So, it’s time for some new school year resolutions!
Those of you who know me well know how often I encourage and preach about developing and sticking to habits (good ones that is) until they become routine. Once they become routine, we pretty seamlessly move through our days, and subsequent week, accomplishing key tasks that allow our households, schedules, and lives to function like a well-oiled machine. This doesn’t mean our house is in perfect condition, or that we accomplish everything we set out to do exactly the way we intended, BUT it does mean feeling a sense of peace vs. confusion, anxiety, or even fear at the end of the day.
This summer our circumstances took us away from home 40 days. Arriving home 5,500 miles later and feeling grateful on many levels, we began to re-acclimate so-to-speak. What we discovered was the strain it places on our health and relationships when we attempt to function without regular routine for more than 3 to 4 weeks. You know what they say about habits … it takes 3 to 4 weeks to establish them, and it can take just 3 to 4 weeks to lose traction with those you’ve practiced most of your life. The results create what I call, self-induced attention deficit disorder. Guess what the prescription is? Yes, a plan … a realistic, self-prescribed plan. While we all know this isn’t rocket science, many folks don’t take the time to develop an effective plan because they’re too busy, and those who do, tend to make it more complex than necessary resulting in junking the plan before getting off to a steady start. What kind of plan am I referring to? Call it what you want but I’m talking about 1) a family or household plan for this season that encompasses shared responsibility by every family member, and 2) an individual plan that may include a combination of tasks necessary to reach your goals.
Tune in next week and I’ll share some thoughts on building a basic family plan that will set you and your kiddos up for success at home and launch them into some healthy long-term habits! Maybe I’ll have mine back in place by then … wait I’m out of town next week. 😉
To be continued,