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As the year starts and the kids head back to school after the winter break it can be hard to get back into the routine. From taking the kids to school to afterschool activities and errands it sometimes feels overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be, not if you have a plan and are prepared.
Create a Scheule and Prioritize. When it comes to tackling your to-do list start by prioritizing. Define what things are urgent and what needs to be done today, add each task to a schedule and assign a specific time to it. Getting the most important things done first is key, as opposed to leaving the hardest stuff for last which is something I tend to do. Add a “don’t do list” to your schedule like staying off Facebook until your noon break only opening email at certain times of the day as opposed to every 30 seconds. Make sure you include downtime for both you and the kids as well time for exercising.
Keep up your energy. There’s nothing worse than having an afternoon filled with errands and things to do and finding yourself out of energy. Or even worse, having cranky kids because they are hungry. That is why I’m so excited about the new Jif® Power Ups™ snacks. I just throw them in my purse so I always have a delicious and nourishing snack ready to go.
Jif Power Ups are packed with peanuts and have a great balance of protein, fiber, and good fats that really energizes you. And the best thing is that the kids love them! Which means I’ve finally found a snack that we all enjoy.
Our favorites are the Jif Power Ups Creamy Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bars and the Jif Power Ups Salted Caramel Flavored with Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bars.
Be present and in the moment. I used to be a big fan of multitasking but I learned the hard way that it doesn’t work, at least not for me. Now I do my best to focus on one thing at a time and that includes spending quality time with the kids. I put time on my calendar for working, exercising and for family time and try to stick to it as much as I can. But once 5pm comes around I close my computer and pay full attention to them until after bedtime. Focusing on one thing at a time and being fully present helps me be more efficient and get more things done. But the best part is that I don’t feel guilty anymore. When I’m with the kids I give them 100% of my attention and it feels good!
Realize you don’t have to do everything. Before the kids get back to school after the winter break I sat down and wrote everything that needed to get done on a daily and weekly basis, then I assigned tasks to each member of the family. My kids have their own schedules written down as well as alarms and reminders so that they can be as independent as possible during the afternoon doing their chores and homework. They also help out by packing their own lunchboxes for school. I just give them nutritious options that I know they love, like a variety of Jif Power Ups and they choose what snacks to put in their lunch every day. Cesar helps out in the evenings with dinner, walking the dog and takes the kids to their Crossfit kids class on Saturday. Before I just felt like I had to do it all, but we’re all in this together and giving the kids and Cesar specific things to do, and writing those down on paper (or adding them to to-do lists on the phone or other devices) has been life-changing!
Find a balance. Juggling work and taking care of your family can be easier if you decide to make it so. Enrolling kids in 3 afterschool activities each sounds great until you realize that you’re spending hours in the car each week and everyone ends up exhausted. I have learned not to put too much on my plate, which was not easy. I have finally found a good balance and I am aware of my limits and know what is realistic and try not to overstretch myself.
No matter what your busy schedule includes always having a nourishing and energizing snack that both you and the kids can eat anytime and anywhere is always a great idea. You can find Jif Power Ups at your nearest Publix supermarket. And right now you can save $.75 off any one Jif® Power Ups™ Creamy Clusters or Chewy Granola Bars 5 ct. at Publix.