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The Game Plan

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!! 

An important aspect of managing a successful team whether in the NFL or Pee Wee League is the strategy or the game plan.  I have found that in fulfilling my role as family manager of this to be very true.  We as humans are creatures of habit and thrive on structure. Obviously it is not possible or practical to write out a detailed schedule, but it serves as a guide.
I love a perfectly executed plan, and one of my goals for this year is to organize my time more efficiently and therefore my home run more efficiently. It is a work in progress.
My tendency is to jump into things full force, and the results aren’t always successful.  So I’m going to try to take this one step at a time. In order to be successful in getting back on track this week, one of my goals is to get up earlier so I can get into a morning routine.
Goal number one for this week is to get up each morning and get my day started at a good time.  I have a list of items that I would like to accomplish before they get up. These tasks include getting myself ready for the day, a quiet time, packing my daughter’s lunch, and unloading the dishwasher.
Goal number two this week is to reestablish my evening routine after dinner.  This past week I tried this couple of times where I set a timer, and cleaned for fifteen minutes.  I did the same thing with the kids just before bed.  This is starting to work well for the older two girls, ages 6, and 4. My two year old is starting to follow along and help.  I am cheering the fact that my children are old enough to help out now. It is so nice.
For all those moms out there with really young children, I can totally relate. I have four children ages six and younger with the youngest being eleven months.  My two year old can still take apart a room pretty quickly, but does not do this as often as he did six months ago.  There is always nap time to get things done, as long as the little ones will take a nap.
What is your game plan for the week? I would love to hear about it?

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