I end up feeling guilty when I work because I'm not doing things with him, and then distracted when I'm out with him because I know there's loads of work to do. I blow too much money taking him on big days out to make up for the days I'm too busy to do much with him. Then by the end of the summer I'm run down and ill from all the stress and broke from all the money spent!
|My little monkey at the beach last summer (wet & windy weather of course)|
So I've decided that this year will be different. I started planning a month or so ago in the hope that I can have a stress free enjoyable summer this year. So how am I hoping to do it?
- I've spent the last few weeks writing content for the site for the summer and getting it on in draft so all I need to do is click a button when I need it.
- I plan to write a few posts for the blog and save them in draft, or schedule them for the summer.
- I've started scheduling social media updates for the summer, and will do the more time sensitive ones (ie. new offers, news, competition etc) each weekend when my husband is off work or evenings when my son is asleep.
- I'm going to plan and write up all the competitions for the summer so they are ready to go on the site when needed.
- All magazine work which is due in July/August or start of September will be written in the next month and submitted so I have no deadlines to worry about.
- I will not be doing any social media/SEO training except for one local job, and not visiting any shows over the holidays.
- I've arranged for my brother to have James for 1 week of the holidays so I can write the first section of my book. He has kids the same age and lives right by the beach so James loves going there. I have no family nearby for help on a day to day basis so this works out best.
|Exeter Quay where we go for a day trip each summer|
As for activity wise and keeping control of the budget when taking James out I'm working on a list of activities split by budget:
- Under £5 eg. local parks, museums, visiting friends/having friends over, library, bike rides
- £5 - £10 eg. swimming, soft play, bus or short train trips, cinema
- Over £10 eg. Zoo, aquarium, longer train trips, expensive kids play places
The plan is to try and pick one from each list per week and if we end up having a big expensive trip one week then stick to the lower budget options to following week. Fingers crossed this means I'll end the summer with my bank account and sanity intact!
The main thing I can't control or pre-schedule is the e-mails, I get around 50 most days and it will be hard keeping on top of those. I will have to accept that I can't reply to all same day and prioritise them to work through them in the evenings and at weekends.
Do you have any tips you can share with me? Do you think my plan will work? Please do let me know in the comments below.
UPDATED - I just realised there's no plan in there for the housework...ah well! ;-)