Gail Kasper is an Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker.
Summer break is coming to a close. Just when you thought things might get back to normal, they rev up into a back-to-school frenzy of buying school clothes and supplies, attending orientation and “welcome back” meetings, and keeping up with the volumes of literature your kids bring home. You’ve already got enough to juggle with your work and the ongoing demands of life: cooking, cleaning house, laundry, doing dishes. Now you’re faced with an onslaught of school-related duties. Will you ever have time for yourself?
First thing’s first: take a deep breath and tell yourself, “This, too, shall pass.” Even if it feels like total chaos, the back-to-school madness is a temporary state, a transition phase for everyone – you, your kids, and their teachers. Before long all of you will settle into a routine and the pace of life will normalize. Putting the situation into perspective will take the edge off and bring a sense of calm.
Then, follow these three tips to get family life back in order and create time for yourself:
1. Establish a routine. For many families, summer becomes a period of unstructured time when mealtimes happen when they happen, the kids enjoy large chunks of free time, and bedtime goes unenforced. But now that school is back, it’s time to put structure back in. Going back to set times for meals, baths, and bedtime will help everyone stay on track with getting everything done.
2. Round up help. Take the pressure off! A family is a mini-community, and many hands lighten the load. While being mindful that your kids have a job – namely, school – that demands their time and attention, don’t hesitate to ask them for help with making dinner, preparing school brown-bag lunches, and doing age-appropriate chores. Don’t overwhelm them, but definitely include them in the household jobs. They’ll learn important skills and you’ll get the help you need, freeing up valuable time for yourself.
3. Schedule downtime. One of the biggest challenges I see as a time management speaker and coach is that most people do not schedule the down time. When they do finally start to block the time, they feel personally empowered. Be sure to add downtime to your schedule; at the end of the day, spend quiet time with the kids, either talking or reading stories. After they’ve gone to bed, give yourself relaxing quiet time to do something you enjoy before turning in. Indulge yourself with a good book or a favorite magazine. Or pamper yourself with a long, relaxing bath. If you’re a morning person, wake up before the kids to enjoy an early jog or a quiet cup of coffee. What you do with your scheduled downtime is up to you!
Amidst the craziness of life, the most important thing is for you to stay strong! With your strong foundation, you can manage anything!
About Gail Kasper:
Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
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