It is so easy for the day to just get away from you.
Your to-do list is full, kids are restless and need attention…
It seems to never end!
Days, weeks and months can be especially difficult when you have kids with special needs. There are doctor appointments, what seems like never-ending therapies, and every day you don’t know what to expect from your child. There are bad days and then there are good days.
I have been there!
It’s easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted.
I wanted the day to stop getting away from me!
I’ve come up with 3 easy steps that help me have successful days that turn into a successful week.
3 Easy Steps to a Successful Day
Make a rough schedule of your month, week, tomorrow.
Get a monthly calendar and fill in the dates and events that you know are happening.
On your weekly calendar or schedule fill in the details. Use a different color for each family member and pick one color for the whole family.
Have a notebook that is just dedicated to your to-do list. It can be a notebook or a small binder or notepad. Each page equals a different day.
Plan your to-do list the night before
How to plan your day? I found this plan extremely helpful. I feel more accomplished in general and I actually get things done!
– Make a list of top 3 most important, absolutely have to get done things.
– Once you complete the top 3 you’re basically done. Anything else you accomplish is a bonus.
– Make sure you have a reward for yourself. (a treat, time spent, tv, facebook, Netflix, etc)
– Spend time alone in the morning. Pray, meditate, plan your day, work on personal growth, read the Bible, read a book. I have more tips for a successful morning on this blog post.
Give yourself grace.
Some days will not be successful, they will not go as planned, you will not get everything done.
The kids are safe at home, and happy. They know you love them.
You accomplished something.
It may not be the perfect day you planned or imagined. The kids may have spent more time watching tv than you would have liked, eating cereal for dinner, and running around in the sprinklers was their “bath”. Your child may have had the worse meltdown ever and you are hiding in the laundry room tired and crying.
IT WILL BE OKAY.
There will be days like that. But then there will be days when your to-do list is done, there is a homecooked dinner on the table and the kids don’t fight in the bathtub. They fall asleep on their own and sleep through the night.
And you hear the sweetest words from your autistic child “This was the best day ever!”
Give yourself grace and know that you’re doing great. And you are your children’s hero!
These three steps are easy and simple. Plan ahead intentionally and with purpose. Just remember to give yourself grace when things don’t go as planned.
You got this mama!