You’re busy! Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a personal chef, you probably still need to prepare meals every day like the rest of us. In my mind, there is nothing worse than working all day and then spending hours on a meal in the evening! No thanks.
Party planning has always been a favorite activity of mine. Given an infinite amount of time and a matching budget, the ‘Martha’ in me can go a little overboard. In today’s busy maze of working, child-rearing and family time, finding the time to dedicate to the art of party planning is becoming well, a lost art. When and if you choose to create a thoughtful celebration this season, the most important place to start is planning time for the planning! If you are a busy mother this is essential! Yes, it will drive you absolutely mad if you try to research and put detailed preparation in place only to be interrupted every 5 minutes and really not accomplish much in the end. Give yourself scheduled and uninterrupted time to gather your ideas and create a plan of action.
Keep these simple tips in mind as you begin the process and get the creativity flowing!
Pick a Theme
A theme does not need to be elaborate or detailed. It can be colors, a “catch phrase” or pattern. Sometimes less is more.
Time is on Your Side
How much preparation time have you allowed? Break down small goals over the coming weeks and stick with it. Ordering some supplies online and planning a few hours over the weekend to get out to a few local shops. When will you make time for the grocery shopping? All of these seemingly simple tasks can and will feel overwhelming if put to the last minute so plan ahead. Check out these Plant based, 100% compostable products from Repurpose!
Involve the Family and Delegate
Just like in business, delegate what you can. You can not do it alone and nor should you have to! Look at the list of what needs to be accomplished and ask yourself, what can I hand off and feel comfortable it will be completed? Unlike work, planning a celebration shouldn’t feel like a job! Don’t neglect to involve the children! I love to let my 6 year old explore Pinterest and add her ideas. Recently she has taken on the task of doing the table setting at dinner and is starting to understand what it means to prepare the space. These are small things at the time that turn into lasting memories.
Make a Plan for the “Waiting Period”
Often overlooked, remember to plan out where the family will be during the crucial hours before the event. This is the time that you need to minimize distractions and any variables. Could someone take the kids to the park? Maybe a Redbox rental may be in order? You will be glad you put in the extra thought.
Have a Back-up Plan
What will you do if it starts to rain? (Happened) What about when the dog decides to dig a hole in aforementioned rain and roll around in the mud the morning of? (Also, happened) The truth is you can’t control all of the variables but you can control your reaction. Remember, always give yourself more time than you think you’ll need and a few more ideas for those “Just in Case” moments!
Don’t Forget What it is All About
“People won’t remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel.”-Mother Teresa
Creating a successful event is about the way people feel when they leave. It is about breaking out of the routine, sharing time and celebration. I hope these quick little reminders have inspired you in your planning this season. I would love to hear from you! What events are on your radar?
You’ve heard the saying, we all have the same 24 hours each day. Yet some of us complain that we don’t have enough time, we don’t know where the time goes and we can’t seem to get it all done! It is very hard to run a household, or a business and keep your sanity. I described to my husband yesterday that I feel like my days are in a constant state of “interruption.” (In fact, my 5 yr old just came to me while writing this sentence to tell me that “M and O go together or you wont have an M word.”) He of course related it to a game of Tetris. You knock out items as they come down, fitting them in to the day only to have the same amount of items coming down and at you at the same rate.
You’ve probably been there. You start a project, only to be interrupted 8 times, retrieving juice boxes or responding to an urgent email and then while checking your Instagram can’t remember what you were actually working on 3 hours before! The less self-sufficient your children are and the more of them you have, the more you may relate! At first I thought it was just me.
Do I have adult onset ADD, I thought? And even in the office it can feel the same way. You make a To-Do list at 8 am and somewhere between emails, phone calls, and knocks on the door its lunch time with the list left untouched. The realization I have came to is that time is the most precious gift, but we have to control our time or our time will control us.
So how does 5 am come into play for me? I often start work early and my kiddos are early risers. By having that quiet time to organize my day for work and the personal life, it is amazing what a leg up it has provided! Coupled with a few hours in the evening after all is quiet, things are getting done!
The Top 3 Lessons of Why Getting up Before 5 am Might be Right for You.
5 am Lesson #1:
You make time for what is important
Decide what is important. Really important. Prioritize and re-prioritize. Point-in-case, I recently knew it was important to have a meal plan for the month so I took one full morning and afternoon of shopping and prep work to make it happen. One less thing to distract me on a daily basis. It is also really important I have the time needed to work on my business so my early mornings allow me the needed time. Get clear about what you want and schedule out how you will get there.
5am Lesson #2:
Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. This is so very true yet so often when things go astray and I cant figure out why, its because I didn’t have a solid plan in place. But here is the kicker, life is going to require us to be flexible. Re-adjust and make a new plan. Think of a road map: If you take Route A and it has a detour, you take Route B. If you didn’t have a map at all, you may never arrive.
5am Lesson #3:
Get enough sleep
The third and most important lesson is go to bed! Outside of drinking enough water, getting enough zzz’s every day should be next on the priority list. Did you know it can even aid in weight loss? Regardless, we all know how our children get without enough sleep and as adults we can be pretty much the same. You will be far more productive, think more clearly and be able to tackle your day when the alarm goes off with enough sleep.
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