When I was younger I used to think that summer went on forever – the days and weeks seemed so long. Which is why I’m constantly amazed now I have a little girl of my own to see just how quickly the weeks fill up, time seems to fly by!
It’s hard to keep track of what’s been organised, what we would love to do if there’s time, and everything else that’s put off until the long holidays, and I wanted to make it easier to see what’s what.
I love a good plan (naturally!) – and my daughter also likes to know what’s planned and get involved a bit – after all, there’s a lot to consider: –
- Working (this blog doesn’t run itself and then there’s the day job!)
- Playing and having fun with my daughter
- Visiting friends and relatives
- Hosting friends and relatives
- Holidays away from home
- Daughters social life (friends to play etc…)
- Specific days out
- Day to just relax and enjoy the summer!
If things aren’t planned out, then we run the risk of not doing what we wanted to do, wasting time, and not truly enjoying time relaxing and doing nothing (I always feel guilty unless I’ve planned to do nothing!).
Having a view of the entire holidays means that it’s easier to try and balance each week out as much as possible. I want to enjoy the time whilst my daughter is little and wants to spend time with me (it won’t last!) – but I also need to keep daily life ticking over.
All this requires a bit of planning – yey!
I FIND IT HELPFUL TO SEE AT A GLANCE WHAT’S PLANNED
My diary is week to view – which is great for most of the year, but for a long (6-7 weeks) holiday, having an overall view would be ideal.
If I can glance at the entire view of the holidays then I can more easily see gaps, see whether we are overbooked, and the rest of the family can have a view of what’s coming up.
As such, I always draw out a quick plan of the weeks so we can both see at a glance what’s going on, and when.
It really does help things to go more smoothly, and enable us to have a great summer without too much stress.
It doesn’t have to be complicated – just a simple sketch on paper will suffice: –
But if you want to have something that’s been done for you – I’m happy to share what I am using this year: –
- One page so you can stick on the wall for everyone to see
- Tracks an overview of the holidays in an easy way
- 8 weeks duration
- Space on the left to write the date the week starts (I didn’t write in dates because everyones may be slightly different and then you can use it as you wish (it can then also be used for other holidays too!)
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I hope that planning out your school holidays is made easier with this trick – and that you have a great time, whatever you are doing!
P.S If you want some ideas for how to keep the kids entertained over the holidays at home, then CLICK HERE for an article I wrote on just that topic…