It’s May which means you have a very busy schedule filled with:
- end of school
- teacher gifts
- Mother’s Day
- Memorial Day
- bridal showers
And, you want to do it all:
- buy all the gifts
- dress for all the occasions
- make all the people feel special
- do all the home projects
- and make all the guests feel welcomed
So, you wear yourself out, or as my mom says, run yourself ragged, trying to do all the things for all the people. The very thing you were trying to do, show up, gets overshadowed by your busy schedule. And tired.
But, we’re going to do things differently this year. Here’s how.
How to Manage Your Busy Schedule This May
- Put a spin on it. Remember, busy is state of mind. In fact, a few years ago, I decided to reframe the busy seasons and think of them as “full” instead. As in, I have a rich, full life. That simple mindset switch has helped me be so much more present for what matters most.
- Pace yourself – We had a friend share with us that when he and his wife found out they were expecting a baby, he ran through the list of everything they needed to do to prepare and decided he needed to do them all…right then. Later, he was able to laugh at the fact he was cramming nine months of work into a one night. So, choose the next one thing, and only that thing, and do it. In other words, tackle that to-do list one step at a time. And, be ruthless with what is allowed on your to-do list. If it isn’t necessary, ain’t nobody got time for that.
- Plan your outfits now. Save time and money by styling the same dress or pants multiple ways. (Hey, if you feel good, you’ll look good. Besides, no one is going to notice.) Make purchases to fill in the gaps where you need to.
- Pick out gifts with confidence.
- For Moms – We put too much pressure on ourselves to get Mom the perfect gift. Let yourself off the hook with one of these 17 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day.
- For Teachers – I can tell you from personal experience that teachers don’t expect all the fanfare that exists today between teacher appreciation week and end-of-the-year teacher gifts. So, don’t give into the pressure. (“Just say no.” ) A handwritten, heartfelt note of appreciation, from both the parent and the student, goes a long way. So does a bottle of wine. 😉
- For Graduates – Let’s face it. High school and college graduates want money. In fact, they need it. So, why not give it to them? I know giving money can feel boring and uneventful, but it’s exciting for the graduate. My daughter, Hannah, was elated over her monetary gifts, and they helped her (and us) a lot as she settled into her freshman year of college. Now, if it’s your own kid, then I’ve got some more unexpected graduation gift ideas for you.
Oh, and one more excellent tip…
5. Delegate. Or, if we’re sticking with the “p” words, put people to work. You don’t have to do it all. Take advantage of delivery services. Hire out certain jobs. Let friends or family help. In fact, I think that last idea is a great way to provide your kids a sense of pride and ownership in the household. That’s invaluable.
(You’re either going to thank me or hate me for this next tip, but I’ve found it to be crucial.)
6. Plan breaks. I’ve been known to hang out at a wine bar with friends while enjoying live music when I “should” have been getting the house ready to host. Because, rest is necessary. Whether it’s rocking on the front porch, sipping hot tea, or taking a deep breath, take a moment to recharge. It makes you a more present person. Isn’t that the goal?
I’m convinced you can enjoy the month of May, and all that comes with it, if you’re intentional about it.