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How to Organize Your Summer Schedule without Feeling Overwhelmed

A Purpose Driven Mom Podcast

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Are you prepping for the summer season as a busy mom with a hectic schedule? In this episode of The Purpose Driven Mom Show, Cara shares her wisdom on crafting a stress-free summer schedule for families.

The summer months are always very busy for families. It can feel stressful and overwhelming for busy moms who are juggling a lot of tasks. It is crucial to create a healthy and consistent rhythm for your family. Cara shares the benefit of creating a centralized calendar that is flexible and easy for the family to follow and stick to. Get a big calendar and place it in a spot where everyone can see. Add all the important dates and events, like sports, sleepovers, parties and camp so everyone knows what is coming up and what they need to do. This can help your kids stay on track with their activities and help you as a mom plan ahead.

As a busy mom, you still need to work and keep everyone moving. It is best to figure out how work is going to look in the summer months. If the kids are at camp during the days, create time blocks around that schedule so you can keep your head down and focus. If you are able to do certain tasks when they are home, create time blocks to get other tasks done that are not as time consuming or require your full attention. Take some time to sit down and map out your summer so you feel relaxed and confident.

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Episode Highlights:

  • 1:44 Redefining Routines as Rhythms¬†
  • 02:34 The Benefits of Planning Less¬†
  • 06:23 Prioritizing Family Goals and Values¬†
  • 09:16 Creating Boundaries and Visual Schedules¬†
  • 11:36 Recommendations for Centralized Schedule and Visual Schedules¬†
  • 16:19 Creating a Visual Schedule¬†
  • 17:02 Reinforcing Current Routines¬†
  • 17:48 Maintaining Structure and Rhythms¬†
  • 20:13 Incorporating Quiet Time¬†
  • 22:36 Setting Boundaries for Work¬†
  • 23:16 Creating Flexibility and Buffer Time

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Transcript: How to Organize Your Summer Schedule without Feeling Overwhelmed

Cara Harvey (00:00:03) – Welcome to the Purpose Driven Moms show here at A Purpose Driven Mom, we believe that it’s possible to manage your home, work on your personal goals, and grow and scale an online business. Most productivity tips out there tell you to hustle more and make you feel shame about not being motivated enough. And we’re here to dispel this myth. I’m Kara Harvey and I am on a mission to help work at home. Moms realize that they have the power to go after their dreams, take care of themselves, and manage their home without perfectionism, guilt, or having to sacrifice their sleep. If you’re ready to shift your thinking around productivity and get some practical tips to help you manage your mom life, toss your earbuds in while you fold the laundry. And let’s do this! Welcome to the Purpose of Your Mom Show, episode 411. Today we are here talking about how to organize your summer schedule. So if you are watching on YouTube, I apologize. I know that there’s already like a shadow where my hat is, but this is what we’re working with right now because it’s one of those hair days.

Cara Harvey (00:00:59) – And I said to myself, part of my organizing for my summer is batching ahead. So it was either go wash my hair or get an episode recorded for you. And I couldn’t let it hold me back anymore. So here we are. I think that’s a big, big step for me. We are going to talk today about how to make your schedule feel a little better, a little more organized and less stressful. Okay. We’re going to simplify it. You can see all the show notes there over at a Purpose Driven mom.com/podcast for 11. Wow. For 11. That’s incredible. I can’t believe the show has been around that long. 411 episodes. Every once in a while I think about it and I’m like, this is bonkers. It’s been over five years that we’ve been putting tips in people’s ears and y’all keep listening. Y’all keep coming back. Thank you for sharing. If you haven’t left a review and a rating, we really do appreciate it. All right, let’s lay out some groundwork.

Cara Harvey (00:01:44) – Before we talk nitty gritty. Let’s talk first about the words. Routines can make people feel boxed in, right? Routines can make them feel like they have to be very regimented and structured and strict. I don’t see them that way. But if you are someone who does, I want you to kind of change the word routine interchangeably today. With rhythm, with flow. We have a rhythm of our day. The morning stuff happens in the morning, just like normal. The evening stuff happens like evening, the after school routine. It happens that way because we’ve created it. It is a routine, but it really is also a flow. It is a rhythm. So if you’re somebody who hears the word routines and automatically kind of shrinks up and it’s like, no, I don’t want to be so structured, don’t feel like you have to be okay, feel like this is me creating a schedule that is simple that my kids can follow that is predictable and good to go. All right. So I just want to start there.

Cara Harvey (00:02:34) – And I also want to encourage you to plan less this summer. I’m going to give you some nitty gritty step by step tips. We taught these in the simple summer schedule challenge that I had hosted at the end of May. But really, my big thing is I want you to plan less. I have found that by planning less, I get more done. And the concept here. I know people don’t always want to hear it, but it is true. When you put less on your plate, you’re more likely to get things done because you’re not overwhelmed with everything that must get done. Now, I was just talking to someone the other day because I teach concepts of the micro three or micro wins during each time block, and some people like the big three, right? Like, oh, I just picked three things to focus on for that day and I hear you. But as a busy mom, my life is not only in three things I can’t just think of, like one work thing and one personal thing and one volunteer thing.

Cara Harvey (00:03:19) – I have multiple parts of my day, which is why I teach the micro three, which we’ll talk about a little bit today. I want you to plan less. I want you to make your tasks smaller. I want you to really think to yourself, how can I take this task, make what I have to do for it smaller? Let me give you an example. This podcast episode, I didn’t want to record it. I didn’t feel like sitting down. Yesterday I had on my task list to outline the podcast episode. I was like, go through, I have paper. If you’re watching on YouTube, you can see my paper here. I have notes here that crinkle on the podcast. I keep some notes to keep myself a little bit focused. Right? Otherwise I’m rambly. And you know what? Honestly, you probably listen to some episodes and you’re like, she even have an outline. Probably not. Know if you’re asking yourself, why don’t I do today just so I can stay focused? Because there’s so much that I want to teach you, right? Instead of saying record the podcast episode, I had outline the podcast episode.

Cara Harvey (00:04:04) – So I spent yesterday doing that. It took me less than 15 minutes. Use some ChatGPT use my own thoughts. Got it together today. I had record and I almost didn’t sit to do it. There was a few reasons one my hair wasn’t washed. You know? I didn’t feel like doing it. I’m like, gotta go on camera. The other is, I had coffee with friends just now, from about 930 to 1130. Just got home, scarfed down some lunch, and I have a call at 1:00. The time is currently 1226. All right. So I started this about five minutes. So like 1220 my brain was like, are you have a call in 40 minutes? You’re not going to have enough time. I don’t feel like doing it, you know, like just do something else. You’re going to have to get on your coach and call it one. And then I thought, my podcast episodes have been short and sweet. 20 minutes, I can get this done, I can bang it out.

Cara Harvey (00:04:45) – I could knock it out and be done with it. The reason this works is because I had less on my plate. My micro three that I have from 12 to 3 today include. My saw call, which is at 1:00, is an hour to an hour and a half. Record this episode, this 20 minute episode, and then spent about 20 to 30 minutes planning next week like it’s Friday. So I’m going through my tasks for next week. They’re small, I don’t have a thousand things on my plate. And guess what’s going to happen? Because I have less on my plate, I’m actually going to do more and we’ll talk more about that today. But I wanted to get those mindsets out of your way before we even started. Put less on your plate this summer. Make a simple summer schedule and it starts with priorities. I’m going to pause to invite you to something brand new. We’re doing here at team ePDM, and that is the very first in-person, purpose driven Mom conference. September 28th and 29th.

Cara Harvey (00:05:33) – I am hosting an event right here in Philadelphia that you can attend where we can be together live. The goal of this conference is to help you decide what dreams you want to work on, what goals matter to you, and to really embrace the person you are now in motherhood. We’re going to spend time mapping out the end of your year, creating time blocks for you to work on these dreams and goals. And I have three incredible guest speakers coming to help you embrace and love your mom life journey and go after your goals and dreams. This event is been on my heart for years, and if you go to a purpose driven romcom slash conference, you can hear and read all about it. And I want to let you know that this event will sell out. We will be capping around 60 attendees, so as soon as it sells out, it is done. I want you to head to a Purpose Driven Mom com slash conference, or check out the show notes for the link and come join us in Philadelphia.

Cara Harvey (00:06:23) – We are going to have the most incredible experience. It is in September. You have enough time to plan to make it happen, to tell a friend, we cannot wait to see you at the Purpose Driven Mom conference and have some in real life time together again. That’s September 28th and 29th, and you can go to a purpose driven romcom slash conference to learn more. You know me, I love priorities. It’s really important that you identify what’s important to your family. So we talked about this at the Summer Planning Challenge. But if you weren’t there, if you haven’t sat with your family and had a family meeting about what they want summer to look like, I encourage it. I want you to have a family meeting and talk about your mission for your family, your values, the vision you have for summer. You know, I talked to my kids today because they were really cranky. And we’ve been going and going and there’s just so many activities. And I told them, you know, we’re not going to sign up for any summer extracurricular activities besides what you already have.

Cara Harvey (00:07:11) – My son starts playing tackle football this year, which my heart is like, oh, I can do it. But here we are, three years of flag and he’s ready. That starts in August and it’s four nights a week in August. It’s a lot. My daughter does competitive cheer, and because she’s moving to a more competitive team this year, her practices start in June. So normally I let my kids do a fun random activity. Last year we did bowling, right. We did a bowling league. This way they have something that’s going on because for us summer it’s typically the same thing. Because I’m working, my kids are at camp or we’re around. We only take two vacations, so we’re typically home to do activities. And this year they were choosing between archery and volleyball like stuff that they typically wouldn’t do. But we can fit in for like a month in the summer. It’s a little fun. My kids like to be busy like that. And I thought about it today and I was like, you know what? We need space.

Cara Harvey (00:07:54) – We don’t need another activity. We just need time to exist and be with our family. And so we sat down this morning because we were arguing about shoes or whatever it was, and I was like, everybody’s tired, guys. We could use less. We’re tired because we’re doing too much this summer. How would it feel if we just didn’t have activities after school more than once or twice a week, or after camp or whatever it is? And my kids were mad. They were like, no, we want to do activities and stuff. And then they listened a little bit more and we came to terms. My daughter was like, well, I’ll still get to do archery at camp this summer, so I’m fine. And like, we came to it. Sit with your family and have a meeting before you make your schedule. Talk about the priorities and the goals for the summer. We have a couple things also on our list. We want to spend time in our garden. My daughter and I planted all of our stuff yesterday.

Cara Harvey (00:08:37) – My son wants to learn how to ride his bike. We want to hike more, do things outside. We want to go on more vacations. What is it like for you? I want to work less so I’ve got a truncated schedule for the summer, hence me recording all these episodes in advance so that I can relax. Your summer might look different. It might be mommy’s still working full time. You’re going to be at camp. You’re going to be at Grandma Grandpa’s. this is what it’s going to look like for me on the days I work. We have to go over the vision of what it looks like when mommy’s working. Once I start. By the way, friends making these charts and stuff that I make for my kids, I always share them. So I’ll share them on Instagram. I’m at a purpose driven mom, so just make sure you’re following me there because I’ll put up in stories like what our visual schedules look like and how I organize it in real time for the summer because I’m really doing it.

Cara Harvey (00:09:16) – But having these conversations in advance can help, and then also creating boundaries with them. So I went over with them and I said, this is what the summer is going to look like. Some weeks you have camp and we have a calendar, so they know which weeks they’re at camp. And I said in the other weeks that we’re home, I said, this is when mommy’s going to be working, when you’re at home, because I still have to work. I’m working Mondays from 9 to 12, Tuesdays from 11 to 3, and Fridays from 12 to 3. I said, that’s my work schedule in the summer, and I’ve gone over this before. But we have certain languages around when mommy’s working. What it looks like, what you’re doing, what we’re not doing, when you can come in the room, stuff like that. Having those conversations now will help you make sure that your schedule feels a little bit better. So right now you might be depending on where you live. My kids are already out of school when this airs, but your kids might not be.

Cara Harvey (00:09:57) – You might have been home for a month. So if you haven’t done any of these things, I want you to think, hey, what sort of things can I do? I want to pause really quickly to invite you to an absolutely free workshop I am hosting called From Dream to Reality. It is a mom Preneur Business Planning Absolutely free webinar, and it’s going to teach you how to use the planning pathway framework to figure out how to break down your business goals and make your business dreams a reality. You go to a purpose driven, romcom slash dream to reality so that you can get your seat and the replay in case you can’t attend. What we’re going to be covering in this time is talking through your business idea how you can take it from in your head something you’re thinking about to actual creation. The Planning Pathway framework talks about who you want to help and what this looks like, where this fits into your goals. Hey, maybe you want to have a podcast this year. Write a book. Start a new course.

Cara Harvey (00:10:49) – Where should you put that in your year? We’re also going to get how it’s going to happen and talk about the breakdown of the goals, and then what it’s going to look like when it all comes together. In this free workshop, I’m going to teach you this framework. So whether you’re somebody who has a business who’s been trying to figure out how to make it work, how to monetize it, you’re going to want to attend, or if you’re somebody who’s thinking you might want to start a business in 2024, I’m going to invite you to come attend this free workshop where you can learn how to take your business dream from inside your head to making it a reality and creating a plan. Go to a purpose driven romcoms. Dream to reality to get your absolute free seat before we kick off. All right. So let’s start with my top recommendations one. Having a central place for your account. We have a one third of command center. We love it I also buy on Etsy I think I share this episode.

Cara Harvey (00:11:36) – It’s like a really big calendar and it has like bucket list activities and stuff on it. So we keep that calendar in one spot in between, like our dining room and our living room. Everybody sees it all the time. And what this helps with is predictability. So it’s got one schedule for the whole summer, this calendar that we have from Etsy. And then my, my command center is just one month at a time, but it lets them know when am I at camp, right. So they’re not like what week in my at camp? Can I have a sleepover? Can we have a play date? Well, no, you’re at camp during the day, so we can’t do that or yeah, you don’t have camp this week. We’re not on vacation. Things like that. If you don’t have one place, you’re keeping it. I highly recommended master schedule somewhere. Then you can also put on their structured activities. But you can also put things that are like fun so that there’s blank space.

Cara Harvey (00:12:15) – Make sure. And you know, I taught this in my challenge. But you know, I teach, plan, push, rest and fun is our seasons. It’s all I teach it in the Purpose Driven Mom Club. Get on the list. Doors are closed. Purpose driven mom.com/club. But I teach this for a reason. Yes, my kids are going to be at camp some weeks, but then we have weeks where we’re not doing anything because I know that it’s important for them to have some structure, and it’s also important for them to have downtime. So make sure that in your master schedule, when you make it, when you look at June, July and August, that’s when you’re going to see, oh my gosh, we have way too much on our plates right now. I cannot keep up with this. Where’s the break? And this is what happened to me. Like early end of April, I was making our summer plans and I had one more week to fill up of camp or something because I needed to get worked on it, and I was like, oh, I feel like we should do a camp this week, whatever.

Cara Harvey (00:12:56) – And I stopped and I was like, I don’t want to do any more camps. I looked at the whole schedule. I put all the dates for the whole summer and I was like, it’s too full already. I want more space. If you don’t have a master schedule, if you don’t have it all together in one spot, it’s going to be very easy for you to just fill it up with stuff. So looking at it together, then you can plan things like the beach day, the carnival, whatever, vacations, things like that. You know, camping outside in your backyard. Right. we also do use a digital calendar. I’m going to plug a Google calendar. I tried to get my husband on Trello. He wasn’t about it. Google calendars, a family calendar. Way to go. Because he can see it and I can see it. And if he asks something, I can say, just go to the calendar, right? Like always. Like you have eyes, you can use the calendar.

Cara Harvey (00:13:33) – That’s where the information is if you don’t see it. So I like that. But I also recommend having a visual master calendar and a visual weekly slash, maybe also and daily calendar. I love visual schedules. Marlene Spence she came and spoke at the Purpose Driven Mom summit this year and last year, and she talked all about visual schedules. I was telling my husband this morning, we were arguing about something with the shoes, my son, and he said to me, you’re always telling me what to do. He said, I go to school and people tell me what to do. My son’s in kindergarten and I come home and then I go to practice and everyone tells me what to do. I just want you to stop telling me what to do. And I felt awful because I was like, I do. And I realize when my kids are the best with our flows and our rhythms, is when we have a visual chart for them, because I don’t have to tell them what to do. There’s something about that chart that will have them brushing their teeth without me having to remind them.

Cara Harvey (00:14:18) – So today, actually, I put it on my list that I’m going to make for Monday, a morning chart, because that’s when we’re fighting in an evening chart, because we’re always fighting about like, what time to be not fighting, but like, you know, you know the argument, right? Like, my kids have four things to do in the morning. Eat their breakfast, get dressed, brush their teeth and put their shoes on. That is all I require of them in the morning. And they get up with my daughter. I have to wake her up so she only has about an hour to get ready. My son, he gets up so early he literally has like three hours. He’s up at like at least 6:00, so he has plenty of time, but he’s choosing not to. So if you haven’t created a visual schedule for your kids, I recommend. So what I do in the summer and again, I’ll post this like I’m recording this in May, but like once June hits and my kids are home, I’ll post these.

Cara Harvey (00:14:57) – I have these large, large pieces of paper, okay? And I post the week at a glance. So not only do we have our monthly at a glance at their eye level with when camps are, I’ll post a week at a glance on these big papers. I taped it together and I put time blocks on them so they know when tech time is, when mom’s working, when we’re going to a sport, when we’re going to a friend’s house. So I do that for the week so they can look at the whole week. Okay. And then I am not sure if I’m going to do daily. So that’s why I said and or I’m definitely doing the weekly, but I might do dailies for certain routines that need a little help. Like I mentioned, our morning routines got to be a lot of arguing lately, and so I’m like, we just need to get back to basics and you need a little visual chart. So I, for example, might make them specific charts for certain time blocks.

Cara Harvey (00:15:38) – I might make them one for mommy’s work block during on Mondays. Right. Mondays from 9 to 12. If mommy’s in the office working and from 9 to 12 I’m in meetings like 9 to 12. That’s that’s the only work I’m getting done. I’m not getting to actually sit at the computer and create and build things or record episodes. I’m literally in meetings. It starts my week off. All my admin meetings happen Monday from 9 to 12, so it’s a door close. What are you doing during that time? So I might make them a checklist. I talked before about the on board list and again I’ll be posting these things as I make them. I need to make them their on board list. which will be on their checklist, like do something from the on board list. This is when I work. I let them have tech. So this is when like you can have tech, but I might give them something else to do. So my kids used to make the beds and they don’t lately I want to get back to it.

Cara Harvey (00:16:19) – So I might say hey from 9 to 12 on Mondays because also like they’re going to be getting up without alarms and. Things like that. And again, this is just for when they’re not at camps, obviously. So when they’re home I might say like, hey, cool, have your breakfast. They might have the same rhythm. See how it’s the same thing. Have your breakfast, get dressed, brush your teeth, and then I can say, then you can have tech or then something from the onboard list or whatever, and then I’ll make lunch when I’m done. It’s the same rhythm that typically happens from 6 to 9 during the school year. That will be happening from 9 to 12. So see how it’s just getting shifted a little bit, but giving them a visual schedule again, master schedule monthly and then choose do you want weekly time blocks laid out? Do them for yourself at least. But I encourage you to do them with your kids. And then the daily routine charts are just so incredibly helpful for kids.

Cara Harvey (00:17:02) – They need that visual right now. In the summer may not be the best time to create new routines, but it is a good time to reinforce current routines. So like I mentioned our morning four again, we’ll say three because we need to get shoes on unless we’re going to camp or something. But again, if your kids are going to camp, I’m going to keep the exact same morning routine. My kids, the weeks they are at camp, we leave it the same time. If not earlier, because we walk to school now we live like five minutes from school, so we leave the house at 835 for school. Some of these camps are a little bit further away, so we need to leave at eight 2815 and my daughter’s going to a Girl Scout camp that’s about 40 minutes away. My son doesn’t have camp that week because it’s like a whole it’s a ride, right? But it’s a really great experience for her. So I suck it up and we do the drive. We have to leave at 8:00.

Cara Harvey (00:17:48) – Okay, so some of the mornings are earlier, but ask yourself, what routines did we have during the school year that do I want to keep during the summer? Keep those rhythms. Keep those floats. Keep those things going for yourself. Don’t feel like, oh, it’s the summer I want to let. Okay, let’s back up. I’m going to tell you how to feel. I have been there where I have felt like this. I’ll tell you about me and then you can apply it how you want to be in bossy, right? But I have felt like, oh, it’s the summer. We need to let loose. We need to relax. We need to, you know, and I do. We? My kids already go to bed at nine, so it’s not like they have early bedtimes. So. But maybe some nights we stay up later at the firepit or I’m not going to wake them up. Their little bodies need sleep. So if my kids need sleep and we don’t have to go to camp, I’m not going to wake them up.

Cara Harvey (00:18:29) – My kids are not sleep runners though, like they they will might. I don’t think my kids have ever slept past nine, so I’m not too worried about it. But there are certain days I’ll let things slide. But what I don’t want to let slide are the rhythms and the routines that help us have some structure and get things done. So if you have an after school routine like we do of here’s where your backpacks go, here’s how you empty them out. My kids, thankfully, their school is like this in K and two there’s homework has been optional. I, you know, former school teacher here taught for eight years. and now as a parent I’m like, homework is ridiculous. I’m not, I’m not I am a anti homework. my kids are school all day. Teach them. If we read we do tons of other learning naturally like let them live. Right. So that’s my. So anyway. But if you have homework maybe it’s homework. and then my kids aren’t allowed to have tech until a certain time.

Cara Harvey (00:19:15) – So then they go play outside or do something in their rooms or whatever it is. Right? I kind of want to keep that, but maybe I moved that to a different meal. So maybe it’s like this is our after lunch routine, things like that. You can create some new routines, which you will probably have to, especially if they’re home all day. But I want to encourage you to make the goal, not we must do all these new things in the summer. Instead, ask yourself, how can I reinforce what we already do? It’s going to make back to school so much easier, you know what I mean? It’s going to make the back to school season feel lighter because you’re not starting everything from scratch. All right. Now, the other thing I’m also going to recommend is, you know, making sure you incorporate some like quiet and independent playtime. Depending on your kids ages, they can do it any way in your day for you. The thing that I’ve gone back and forth so many times because I’ve thought about homeschooling my kids like a lot like I, I would love, I crave more time with them and I just oh, God, okay, no, we’re not going to homeschool today, but I would love to just like, have them all day.

Cara Harvey (00:20:13) – But I worry because I worry about what happens if I. It’s just noisy, right? I get very overstimulated the especially because my son wakes up so early. I get up at six. He’s often up before me like 530, right? So there’s no quiet. The second I get up pretty much to the second I go to bed. There’s noise happening for me. Except when my kids are at school. I’m either. If I’m not recording a podcast or in a meeting or coaching, sometimes I’m just working, but I can work in silence. It can be quiet. It’s a it’s a really sweet arrangement. What I got going on right now, I am fortunate for the schedule that I’ve built and I love it. I worry about, oh man, the kids are home, there’s going to be no quiet time and I’m going to lose my shit. Like that is where my worry is because I’m overstimulated. So because I know that’s a worry of mine. What I would encourage you to do, if that is a worry of yours, is to build in quiet time.

Cara Harvey (00:21:03) – Make sure that you have it during the day where mom’s doing this. So I am an avid reader. My kids have become readers because of that. So one of the things we do is we have reading time now. Now my son is in kindergarten. He can read, which is great. So door opening time opening for us. So I incorporate when they’re home in the summer, like a reading block like in one of our. Time blocks after lunch is like reading time, where everybody gets books and we all just sit around and like, read. And it’s quiet and snuggle. And it’s the best part of my day, right? Have that time for you. And you know, you know, I’m not big on like, you got to get up earlier to make it happen. But some like but if you need to. My kids are like less needy in the morning if I’m not bothering them to like, get ready to go to school. Right. It’s that mid-day that they all start really wanting me, right? They’re bored or whatever.

Cara Harvey (00:21:51) – So I work out in the mornings because my kids really don’t need me as much in the mornings. They’re doing their own thing. They’re still waking up, they’re slower moving. So maybe that’s the time you you schedule that that for yourself. All right. I want to give you some tips, though. If you’re working from home, you’re trying to figure out some time blocks. So one of the things I do, like I mentioned already is I’ve pre identified when I’m going to be working this summer and I’m going to keep to that the best I can the weeks that kids are home okay. So I’m going to talk now. Pretend my kids are not at camp that week. When my kids are at camp, I keep my normal schedule. When they’re not at camp. I’m limiting my schedule this summer to meetings only, and then around that time, block is what I’m going to do computer work. And that’s the other reason I’m batching so much ahead so that I’m not worrying about that. Will I work outside of those? Yes, of course.

Cara Harvey (00:22:36) – Right. But if I can get as much done as I can on the weeks or at camp, then I can enjoy my kids, right? Otherwise. So that’s how I’m planning it. But go through and create times where you’re like, this is when I’m working. I think a lot of stuff that happens in the summer, especially if you have an online business, you’ll be like, oh, I’ll find time to work, plan that thing out. My kids know, all right, after 12 on Mondays, if we want to go outside to the pool, cool. We can go to the pool. We’ll go to the park. Cool. Like those things are set up. Because otherwise I would if they said to me, let’s go to the roller rink, I’d be like, okay, like I want to do fun stuff like, or let’s go to the pool. I want to sit by the pool too, like that’s why we have a pool. So I am also easily manipulated into changing my schedule because I want to have fun.

Cara Harvey (00:23:16) – Pre-planning when you’re going to work and creating those boundaries is going to really help. If somebody asked you to do something, you know, I always have the language of, well, this is a block of time I’m working, how about here and there? And so I just encourage you to think about that when you’re making your schedule. Remember that the passion project that you’re thinking of, the podcast you want to start, the work you have to get done has to get done too. But when you pre-plan some fun and you pre-plan work, I think your schedule is going to feel a little bit better. All right. But I also want to encourage you to have some flexibility, have some buffer time, have some space. try to batch together activities. You know, you have errands to run. Don’t do it every day. I don’t want to be going to Walmart more than once or doing my target pickup all these times. What I want to do is go out one day during one time block and run my errands.

Cara Harvey (00:24:00) – That way it can be one and done, and then I can worry about just enjoying enjoying the summer. Okay, now I gave you some tips today on how to just organize your schedule in a way that feels a little bit better for you, no matter what time it is for you. Like you’re on summer break, you’re not. I hope that you grab something that you can use. DM me over, the purpose of your mom or tag me. Let me know you listened. And which tip you’re taking? I gave you a lot today. I gave this all in details last time. I did a summer planning challenge. so I wanted to make sure I kind of CliffsNotes it all for you. and, show notes are going to be at a Purpose Driven Mom com slash podcast for 11. I know the summer is going to be challenging for you, but you’re equipped. You can do it and have a great one. Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Purpose Driven Mom Show.

Cara Harvey (00:24:45) – If this episode served you in any way, we would really appreciate it if you headed over to wherever you listen to podcast, hit that five star and leave a review and a rating. That’s how more moms can find us and we can grow our community. If you had a tip or an Make sure you come over and tag me at a Purpose Driven Mom on Instagram and share it with your friends. The best way for us to get this message out there of less hustle and less shame and more intentionality, is for you to share it with people you know need to hear it. Thanks for listening. We appreciate you and I can’t wait to connect with you more outside of the podcast.

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