Sunday Routine- 4 Ways You Can Prep For the Week
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18
Some of the most common comments I get from people when they see our big family or hear we have four kids is “I don't know how you do it all!” I get it. It comes from a place of them trying to wrap their head around all the moving parts. And today, I'd love to share with you the tips and tricks I have found to be most helpful in trying to set up our week successfully.
1. Look at your week ahead and find where can you can ask for help.
Being a mom of multiple kids in competitive sports, we are constantly navigating the “who-is-where-on-what-night” juggle. First my husband and I take a look and decide what is best for each of us. Right now because I am building my business, I usually am on carpool duty because I like to use the time while I wait at sports to work.
Another great resource is to ask teammates if anyone wants to carpool. This is awesome because not only do you get a break from driving back and forth but you get to help another family out.
2. Meal plan.
My goal is to have the week's menu planned out for my family so that if I am not home, my husband knows what meal is for what night. One of my go-to's when I am in a rut and want the easiest planning possible is through www.emeals.com. And they offer a free trial for my readers!
We have all sorts of allergies- gluten, corn, oats, dyes and some lactose intolerance. Emeals is great because they have a lot of options to help create a menu which is conducive to all our needs. And it has direct links to add to your grocery cart to Walmart or King Soopers or InstaCart. Bonus.
3. Plan Time for Your Time.
Plan a time EVERY.DAY for you. Yes, Mama. You need time to pour into your cup. Mark it down as an event in your calendar. SELF-CARE is not selfish. How will you be kind to yourself each day?
Ideas for pouring into your cup:
- Turn off the phone and use mindfulness
- Get outside and do deep breathing
- Get Creative
4. Pause and Savor.
One thing I have learned from Allen Arnold is to pause and savor the previous week and enjoy all that was accomplished. Take time to sit in gratitude with what God has accomplished through your hands this week.
I love to write them down so I can look back- Check out this simple, yet beautiful journal.
Creating routine, rhythm, and setting the tone for the week will allow your energy to be used elsewhere. Each idea shared above is a tool to help you become more intentional with your family throughout the week. Putting the effort in at the beginning, always pays off in the end.