I have heard more than one person say that as much as they love the holiday season, being with family, and watching kids go crazy at the sight of gifts, they can’t wait for the return of the routine schedule. I for one, agree!
My Christmas holiday was excellent. It was fun, relaxing (in spite of dealing with a sick child) and memorable. I loved sleeping in, not having a daily agenda (for the most part) and in general getting some extra quality time in with my daughters.
However, it was also chaotic. From one day to the next I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Sure I’d make plans, but nine times out of ten I’d end up doing something else. And I was okay with that. I didn’t have deadlines or commitments with clients that I had to meet, so I gave myself a break.
As a result, I couldn’t schedule a Mommy Time-Out, so I purposefully didn’t even try. Simply put, not only did I feel relaxed being at home, but my schedule was so chaotic I didn’t want to commit myself. Normally, I would have a problem with this, but being on vacation often brings automatic MTOs when you’re not looking. For example, more than once my husband and I had a chance to play Gears of War 3 while the kids either napped or were playing with their Christmas presents. So really, I didn’t feel I lost anything. The only difference was, my MTO wasn’t scheduled so I wasn’t sure if I’d get one or not. Turns out I had plenty!
However, my new year is already revving up, my schedule is getting packed even as I write this, and I am already running out of any free time for myself. Scheduled Mommy Time-Outs, here I come!
Which is where the routine comes in. Getting up early every morning, knowing where I need to be by when, and having daily, weekly and monthly goals all goes toward helping ensure I schedule my MTOs.
Let your calendar be your friend this year, as well as your To Do List. Include yourself in your scheduling and planning, and by the end of 2014 (it will be here before you know it!) you will have developed a very healthy habit.
Here’s to 2014 and regular, consistent Mommy Time-Outs!