Getting back into an organized daily routine after a summer of fun and vacations isn’t always easy – especially with young children. You are going back to work, and the kids are going back to school – each of you has different needs and expectations for a fresh start.
Wouldn’t it be nice, though, to be on vacation, like, forever? 😊
Unfortunately, that’s not possible. No matter how much we would love a life-long vacation, our real lives, duties, and responsibilities are waiting for us. But before we return to our lives in full swing, we want to organize and prepare everything – from our homes to our children’s school supplies. This can be an overwhelming task, especially after a vacation. You might feel the desire to tackle it all at once and even feel the energy to do so, but then you come home and would much rather do something more fun. We get that, and that’s why we prepared a few tips to help you make the transition as smooth and stressless as possible.
1. Rehydrate and get back on track with diet
When on vacation, we can easily throw our good habits out the window. It happens to the best of us. After all, who wants to restrict themselves when the purpose of a vacation is to enjoy themselves. But, to be at your best for work and school, you want to make sure that your diet is healthy.
Now that you’re back from vacation opting for freshly prepared meals or lunches for work will make the difference. You are in control of what you eat. By preparing your meals, you can stay on track with your diet. This comes in handy, even when the days at work become stressful and demanding. With the right food and nutrients, you will have enough energy throughout the day. And you will be able to handle stress more easily.
A great addition to a healthy diet is our FitLine Optimal-Set which supplies you with the nutrients your body needs. This set is also available as a FitLine Optimal-Set Family, including a Fitline PowerCocktail Junior, a tailor-made nutrition supplement for children.
2. Organize your home
Between packing and unpacking for vacations and trips to the beach and pool, your home might not be as organized anymore. To make it easier on yourself, do it one room at a time. This is also a great way to do an inventory of what your kids need in terms of clothing, backpacks, school supplies, etc. Getting ready in the morning is much easier when everything in the house is organized and in order. 😊
3. Set your alarm earlier each day
You might have forgotten about the sound of an alarm, but it’s time to reintroduce your old friend. While on vacation, we have the luxury to wake up and go to bed when want to. Getting used to an alarm again in the morning can be an intimidating thought. However, the shift doesn’t have to be abrupt. Try to wake up 10 minutes earlier every couple of days until a realistic wake-up time to work or school has been reached. This way, you will also gradually adapt to an earlier bedtime, having a better sleep schedule for the months to come.
4. Create a bedtime routine for your kids
Establishing a sleep schedule for your children is probably more difficult than for yourself. Try to create some routines for your kids to wind down and prepare for bedtime. It could be a bath before going to bed or reading a bedtime story. It’s all about making bedtime something your kids are looking forward to. 😊
5. Include small daily tasks for kids to prepare for school
With school around the corner, it is important to set the tone for an organized and productive start. A small task for your kids each day should do the trick to prepare them for all the upcoming homework and projects at school. Or maybe break down a bigger task into smaller tasks. That way, the kids will see that a little each day adds up to something big. The kids will be motivated and have the confidence to tackle complex tasks and projects and those that seem impossible to be done at first.
6. Set a 20-minute timer for chores
If you feel overwhelmed with all the things you need to organize and prepare for work and school, try to set a 20-minute timer for a chore/task. The task can be anything you want. Let’s say you want to organize your closet. Set the timer for 20 minutes, and once it starts, focus on the task and organize as much as you can. When the time is over, take a little break, and do the same again. You will be amazed by how much you can do in only 20 minutes when you focus on one thing at a time.
7. Ease back into a routine with realistic goals and expectations
Do not set goals that you cannot reach by your expected deadline. Start with small wins – you will feel proud of yourself and motivated to keep going. To ease back into a routine, take breaks whenever needed to recharge and relax.
The things you could do to get back into your routine do not stop here. You could also use your buffer day for preparations before going back to work (we know you’d love to vacation until the last minute, but…). Or you could work through your emails on your flight back home and prioritize them. Or you could plan your weeks as to not lose focus and stick to your plans. These are only a few tips on how to get back into a routine. Getting back to school and work can be difficult and cause stress – we know that. Just take it one day at a time. 😊