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Organized Thursday: Planning your camping schedule

Hi friends,

Here’s a lesson for your from the don’t-make-my-mistake book.

When you plan your summer camping or vacation schedule, take a look at your whole summer together as a block and then decide where you should schedule those times.

We were so excited to go camping and hang out this summer that we accidentally booked 6 weekends in a row away from home, and also there were a few streaks of camping 3 weekends in a row.  It was way too much and we were running around like crazy chickens to get our errands run in between.  It isn’t fun!

So, we are making notes for the rest of the summer and next year on the calendar to say that we will camp one weekend on and one weekend off in the future, and plan home weekends with errand running, company ad staycation fun.

Write it down so that you remember your plan for next summer too!
Amy

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Organized Thursday: Summer calendar check

Hi friends,

We are getting to my favourite time of year – the crazy no school, camping, vacation, sleep away camp, “unscheduled” days of summer.  It’s a good time to take a look at your calendar and plan your events.

If you host a yearly BBQ, plan that now, to make sure that everyone has enough notice.  If you want to host a garage sale, pool party, or have a summer birthday, plan those events in advance, give them a date so that you don’t end up in September wondering what happened to your great idea that never was executed.

If you are a camper, plan your camping weekends and your appointments around that, and invite friends along in advance.

A little planning in advance will make your summer much more fun!
Amy

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Organized Thursday: Transitioning to a new schedule

Hi friends,

Sometimes, you just have to organize yourself instead of what’s around you.

We all have schedule changes from time to time.  Since I’m a very routine kind of girl, these kind of changes are hard on me, do I like to ease into them.  I notice it most at the end of summer when the boys are going back to a school routine after long, lazy days.  I’m currently making a schedule transition and here is my method:

– two weeks before, prepare the kids: discuss the changes and your plan

– two weeks before, brainstorm and make a list of what will need to change and how to handle it: if I have to wake up 2 hours earlier, I should shower the previous night, make that a habit from now on on.  Or, what will be the new time to feed the dog with this schedule change? Try to think of all the little things and plan for them in advance.

– the week before, change your routine as a dry run

– the week before, ask for help from your spouse, kids, friends and family if you need it

– the week before, treat yourself extra nicely, do something for yourself, change isn’t easy but with a little planning you can do it smoothly

Amy

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