It’s really easy for me to get totally wrapped up in work and forget I have a life… and a kiddo. Hanna’s really good at entertaining herself these days… and the reason I chose to work from home was so I was here, to spend time with her, to make memories with her, to participate in her growing up.
It’s so easy to get sucked into a project, to think that you have to be sitting in front of your computer to make the money flow… and that’s just not true.
Yep, I’m going to start taking the majority of Friday off, to spend the day with my kiddo involved in fun activities.
How did we get started?
Well we haven’t exactly yet… but here’s my plan.
I printed out these awesome Summer Activity Cards. I looked at a LOT of bucket lists around this year, and found these were activities that I would actually do (which is important). I did pull a couple suggestions out because I just knew if we picked it I would dread it. 🙁 And as we think of new things we’ll add more.
So I printed them out, cut them up. (I did not laminate them, yeah…) and stuck them in my favorite vase.
Every Thursday night I’ll have Hanna pick out of the vase and Friday we’ll do whatever she picks.
Some of the items won’t take all day… but I’m deciding right here, right now that creating lasting memories and moments with my daughter is important and I’m going to make Friday ~ not only Fun day, but Hanna day for the Summer. Summer will be over soon enough and she’ll be in school for a full day and I’ll probably miss her terribly.
Steps to make this feasible
I still have work to do… so I’m going to have to shift things around so I can follow through with this plan.
1. Write and schedule Friday’s post Thursday night. As we get started with these activities I think it might be fun to share some of them so they may turn into Fun Friday posts for the next week.
2. Get up a little early Friday morning so I can run through email, and any Kiss Club activity that needs my attention.
3. Turn off the computer. If it’s on I’ll be drawn to it. The internet will wait until the evening after she’s in bed. Friday is really going to be her day.
4. Schedule more writing time (for new products, guest posts etc) on the other 4 days.
5. Block out Friday on my calendar so I don’t inadvertently schedule interviews or other activities on Fridays. (maybe I’ll do that in a fun color!)
So that’s the plan, Stan… if you’re anything like me, coming up with ideas for these fun Fridays is hard. Not to worry… it’s not hard for everyone, and luckily they share. 🙂 Here are some fun Summer Activities, most are free resources a couple are paid ~ and well worth every penny.
Getting Organized for Summer [SimpleMom]
Summer Survival Guide [Life As Mom]
101 Ways to Embrace Summer [Organizing Your Way]
Very Fun Marble Race Track [Home Spun Threads]
Homemade Bath Crayons [From Dates to Diapers]
Summer Fun Handbook [Downstream Parenting]
Fun Summer Activities [Kaboose]
14 Frugal Activities [Frugal Dad]
So what about you? Are you setting aside time in your work week this Summer to create memories and moments with your kiddo?