Organized people don’t like surprises. Mainly because we like to know what’s going on at all times and partly because we just might have some control issues. But a big part of being organized, especially during big events or busy seasons, is planning ahead.
If you’ve got a busy week or two ahead that is going to require extra hours at the office, there are some things you can do beforehand in anticipation of that crazy, busy stage. I liken it to stocking up on supplies when I know a snowstorm is on its way. Better to be prepared than surprised!
Here are seven things to do at home in anticipation of a busy week or two at work:
- Stock your kitchen cupboards and refrigerator. At the end of long days at the office, you need to be able to come home to a well-stocked kitchen. I often make freezer Crock Pot meals to have on hand for these times – I love recipes that are delicious and fast to put together.
- If you’re able, delegate or hire out things like laundry, yard work, errands and house cleaning, especially if you have a busy season lasting a month or longer.
- If you’ve got kids, make sure they’ve got everything they need such as lunch supplies, after school snacks, school supplies, etc. Review your child’s school calendar with him/her, making note of important dates such as parent/teacher conferences, concerts or sporting events.
- If you drive to work (vs. commuting on a train or bus), make sure you gas up your car on the weekend so you’re not faced with that mid-week.
- Call mom or dad. If you’ve got elderly parents, have a conversation with them before your busy season hits. Let them know what your schedule is going to look like and when they might expect another call from you.
- Don’t forgo self-care. When the job calls for extra hours, it’s easy to neglect ourselves. But don’t. Pay attention to what you’re eating and strive for healthy choices. Do whatever you have to do to get a good night’s sleep. And while you might not have time to visit the gym, make it a priority to at least take a 10 or 15 minute walk each day, even if it’s just around the block.
- Remove the “extras” from your schedule. During your hectic work week(s), ignore social media as much as possible (consider removing it from your phone all together) and let your friends at book club know that you’ll have to catch up with them next month. Removing extra activities from your life at this time will give you the breathing room you’re going to need to balance things at work and home.