It’s almost time to swap out my bathing suit cover ups for cardigans, to remove my hot pink summertime nail polish, to stop caring so much about my tan and instead worry about lesson plans, and to actually start to set my alarm again.
It’s not easy, not easy at all.
Will I be happy to do it all though? Of course.
My summertime weekday routine has looked a lot like this:
- wake up between 7-8 a.m. & eat a leisurely breakfast
- blog/read blogs/email
- gym (for about an hour or hour & a half)
- run errands, lie out, clean, read a book, try not to go crazy from lack of structure
- make and eat dinner
- watch TV or a movie with Bobby before hitting the hay anywhere between 11-12:30
I’m a creature of habit… and I like to have everything planned out, which during the school year, it is. During the summertime? Not so much. I crave that structure, as strange as it may seem, and not having it gives me anxiety!
My school year weekday routine looks like this (every.single.day):
- 5:30 a.m. – gym
- 7:25 – leave for work
- 8:00 – arrive at work and eat breakfast while prepping for the day
- 8:25 – 11:40 – Teach!
- 11:40 – 12:25 – Lunch
- 12:25 – 2:50 – Teach!
- 3:40 – leave work
- 4:00 – eat snack, watch Ellen, blog.
- 6:30 (ish) – eat dinner, pack breakfast & lunch for the next day
- 7:30 – relax on couch with Bobby
- 9:00 (ish) – Bedtime
Ya see? Each and every day is the same, and like I said, I enjoy it. Go ahead… call me crazy.
The only thing I don’t like about it is training my body to fall back into that kind of schedule. I am left exhausted the first couple of weeks of school. Between the stress of starting the year (and everything that comes along with it), getting to know my new kiddos, and the lack of sleep…. I am like a walking zombie!
I don’t want or need that stress this year… so I am trying to get ready in advance.
So what am I planning in order to (hopefully) make this transition a bit easier?
- Be prepared. Even though we don’t actually start up school until the first week in September, I’ve been to my classroom already in order to start getting it prepared. I have plenty more to do, but having my lists and doing things little by little is helping to relieve some stress! My hope is that I won’t be running around like a crazy lady during the few days before the kids come in order to get everything ready. Hopefully, I’ll be ready to go!
- Start the sleep “schedule” in advance. This is a difficult one, because I like to sleep. Starting about a week before school, I’m going to try to get to sleep earlier and wake up earlier to try to get my body used to the schedule!
- Ask for help. I need to realize that I won’t be able to take my time grocery shopping anymore, or spend an afternoon cleaning our apartment. Instead of trying to keep up with all of my daily summer “chores,” I’ll be asking Bobby to help out when he can to make the transition easier (thanks in advance, Babe ). Without fail, I end up overwhelmed and overtired when I try to do it all… which for me, leads to stress and eventually, tears!
- Plan NOTHING for the first few weekends of the school year. During the school year, my weekends are like gold. They are a time to recharge, sleep in, be lazy, and destress. I will be doing absolutely nothing during those first few weekends back, that’s for sure!
Let’s chat… what do you do to help you fall into a routine easier?! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
When you were little, did you look forward to going back to school? I always LOVED Back to School time… new clothes, new notebooks, new markers… ahhh!! It makes me excited just thinking about it.