Summer is nearly over, and in a few days my older kids head back to school. I’ve been thinking as I set my August goals about setting priorities for a new school year. There are a lot of unknowns – my kids don’t even know who their teachers are yet. With school work consuming a large portion of our days, I’m finding it more important than ever to think about how we are using our time.
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How I’m Setting Priorities for a New School Year
One of the things I loved about our month in Scotland was the simpleness of our days. The kids were out of school, and I wasn’t juggling motherhood with side jobs and volunteer work. We weren’t scheduling outside activities, or even (most of the time) play dates with friends. It is nice to be home with our friends and community, but I also want to preserve as much of that relaxed feeling as I can as we head back to school.
I loved having very basic goals for July. There is more to juggle in August, so some level of structure is necessary, but I’m keeping life as simple as possible. I want to make sure that we have time for the things that matter most.
August 2016 Monthly Goals
As always, goal focus areas are in italics
- Get as organized as possible before school starts. We will be using the organization system I set in place two years ago, with the addition of the kids packing thier own lunches thanks to this school lunch routine. Focus on learning and mindful living.
- Celebrate Lily, Mike and Anna’s birthdays. Focus on gratitude.
- Be wise in selecting (or opting out of) extracurricular activities. Focus on mindful living.
- Spend as much time outside as possible. Focus on gratitude, learning, and mindful living.
What are you hoping to accomplish this August? How are you setting priorities for a new school year?
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