It’s a busy world: Organizational tips, hints for families

Life gets busy. There’s school, homework, clubs, sports and so much more. It can easily get overwhelming. Getting and staying organized can help reduce everyday stress.

Here are some tips to help families get organized:

Set up a routine. A set plan for when things need to be completed can help students focus on the task at hand. Established routines make things go more smoothly and make the days more enjoyable.

Get plenty of sleep. A good night’s sleep sets children up for a good day at home and school. Create a bedtime routine and try to stick with it as best you can. During the summer, it’s easy to let children stay up later, but following a consistent bedtime routine now will help your child stay alert and energized during the day.

AgendaCoverUse planners and agendas. Each SCDSB elementary student and most secondary students receive an agenda for the school year, complete with a calendar, important information and a notes section. This is a great tool for homework and assignment planning as well as keeping track of important days and co-curricular activities.

Use a family calendar. Life is busy! A family calendar which lists all appointments and activities can help prevent things from being forgotten.  Events for home and school should be kept on the family calendar. Remind children to add their activities on the family calendar so everyone can see what will be happening that day, week and month. You can even have a fun arts and crafts day creating a homemade calendar.

Create a distraction-free study space and plan a time for it to be used. Students should have a consistent study/homework space where they can keep school supplies and that is quiet and free from distractions. Set a designated time for homework that fits with the family schedule. If all work is done, use this time as a quiet time for personal reading, writing, artwork, etc.

Use time wisely. The night before is a great time to make lunches, pack bags and lay out clothing for the next day. Check your family calendar to see if there are any library books due or special events the next day. This is also a good time to check backpacks for important school letters or permission forms that may need to be returned.

Set alarm clocks. Nothing throws off a day quite like an unexpected sleep in. Add alarm checks as part of your bedtime routine so your morning gets off to the right start at the right time.

Leave extra time in the mornings. Make sure there is plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast and get to school on time. Adding a few minutes onto your morning schedule will leave room for unexpected interruptions and will help keep your mornings as worry-free as possible.

There are many ways to keep organized this school year. What are you planning on doing to keep on track? Leave a comment and let us know.

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