Yes, I realise it’s only September. Six weeks at home with my own kids has not sent me insane. For me though, September is the start of the year. It’s a side-effect of all the being institutionalised from the career path of school, university and back to school again, albeit this time as a teacher.
In my brain, September is a new year. A new class, new routines to embed and new kids to watch out for and now that my own two are at school and pre-school, it has a new significance because now September is the time I am almost always nearly overdrawn after buying a whole set of new uniform that inevitably gets lost by Christmas.
But as well as all the stationery buying and name-label ironing, September is also the time that I try to make changes and new resolutions. You know, lose the bad habits and try to find new ones – good ones that is, I do not need more bad habits. September is a brand new fresh start with a new planner and notebook to match.
It’s well known that in lots of ways I am a paradox. I am a utter control freak whilst being completely disorganised at the same time. I can tell you what my plans are for Christmas Day and heavily drop about what I would like (if The Boy is reading, Subculture – google it), but not what I am having for dinner tonight and I’m writing this at 4pm so should probably get a wriggle on. The Boy often jokes that the only time I eat a home cooked meal is when he’s there… he’s wrong! Scrambled egg on toast counts as a meal. But seriously, I do want that to change. 2017/18 is the year that I get I will get more organised, I’m not going to lie though, it’s been my resolution since I qualified many moons ago. Maybe this is the year that I actually stick to them?
My New School Year Resolutions
This is something I’ve needed to do forever. I can’t tell you how much money I have wasted on food that never gets used as I forget that I’m going out, or I don’t plan properly so buy things with similar dates. My aunt keeps telling me that I need to batch cook, maybe she’s right…
Devise a cleaning schedule
Sad as it sounds, I actually enjoy cleaning but only when I’m doing a few tasks at once. Funnily enough, doing the whole house from top to bottom is not fun. Especially when my delightful little ones like to follow me around ‘putting it back to normal’. Having a schedule will help me to keep on top of it and have a home that I’m proud of.
Get ready the evening before
I told someone recently that I do all my ironing, lunchbox making and reading diary signing in the morning. I literally get up 45 minutes earlier (around 5am) to do all these tasks because I am too tired in the evening. She looked at me incredulously and suggested I sleep in, and do it in the evening instead. That way my mornings will be less frantic. Good idea. I’m even going to put the kids’ shoes and bags by the door so there is less shouting at them to find their school shoes in increasingly loud tones, just before I leave out. I’m pretty sure my neighbours will be grateful.
Plan in free time
Which I know sounds absolutely crazy, but I don’t feel like I get enough time to myself during a working week, especially as my kids like to watch me in the bathroom. (Is it just mine or do all kids do this? I feel like I need to know!) So, I am going to make the most of the little things, even down to listening to not child-friendly music in between the school run and work. It’s literally 3 miles of Tupac and Jay Z for me, twice a day every day.
Smarten up my appearance
People always say you need to dress for the job you want. I’m pretty sure that there is no job to just stare at Beyoncé and watch Disney films all day, but that doesn’t mean I have to dress like a student teacher. Especially when I’ve been qualified a long time and work is the only time my clothes are not covered in fromage frais and whatever my toddler finds in her nose. So, I am going to find the umpteen pairs of heels that have been gathering dust in the back of my wardrobe from the pre-baby days and *gasp* wear them to work. Heels always make me feel polished, pulled together and instantly lift my confidence as well as slim my thighs – which is never a bad thing.
Well I’ve started this already, check out my Fitness Friday posts. It’s clichéd but, I really need to address my eating. I have a habit of eating the same thing, over and over again for lunch and make sure I actually bring my lunch to work. The local shop have probably wondered if I’m still alive as I’ve not been in for 6 weeks o buy Hula Hoops and Ribena. I definitely need to eat a greater variety of food and make sure that I get my 5 a day. Hopefully, meal planning will help this resolution! I’m looking for increased energy as I need a boost. Working full-time, being a mum and a blogger is hard.
Wish me luck!
And there you have it. My six school year resolutions. Hopefully, this year I can stick to them all, but I’m realistic, things change! We’ll just have to see!
Do you have anything you’d like to work on over the new academic year?