Are you part of the sandwich generation? You might be and didn’t even realize it. Perhaps you just refer to it as being busy all the time! The sandwich generation is made up of people caring for both their children and their parents or other elderly relatives at the same time. You’re the goodness in the middle that holds everyone together.
This is a challenging spot to be in life and carries with it great rewards but plenty of stress! Each day is a juggling act of balancing everyone’s needs. Those tough choices of “Who needs me more today?” can leave you feeling like you’re about to lose a game of Jenga any moment. It’s tough to have all of your responsibilities neatly stacked and in order all the time!
And we hate to break it to you, but back to school season is almost here. Instead of letting it topple all of your carefully stacked blocks, take a few of our tips, and master this back to school season like a pro!
Become a Master Delegator
You don’t have to delegate everything forever, but use this skill for the first few weeks of school. Think of the folks who have offered you help lately. It’s time to take them up on it! Siblings could pick up Mom and Dad’s prescriptions or take their daily visits for you a couple of times a week. Neighbors could check in on your loved ones a few times. Your spouse could drive the kids to school. Or you could even hire a personal assistant to cover your errands or take an elderly parent to a doctor’s appointment. It’s far more affordable than you think, and you could even experience a higher quality of life by giving it a try!
Create an Organization Station
If you don’t already have a communication center within your home, it’s time to make one. Include a dry erase board, a folder for each family member, a corkboard, a general inbox and a calendar. The most important piece of this is your calendar. Keep it up to date and show where you will be throughout each day. This makes it easier for your spouse and children to see where they can pitch in or find alternate solutions when you are booked. Again, a personal assistant can be a great help! Imagine not having to go to the grocery store this week AND having your groceries put away for you! You could take that grooming or vet appointment off your list and pass it on, too. Get organized and see all the ways you can make things easier on yourself.
Create a Budget
If finances are a big portion of your stress, it’s time to get them in check so you have one less worry. Make a monthly budget and plan out where each penny will go. Make sure to factor in school supplies, fees and lunch money, as well as sports and activity fees. Following a budget keeps your financial life in order and helps put your mind at ease.
Plan Time for You
The best way to be at your best for everyone else is to take care of yourself. Schedule some “me time” on your calendar. It can be as elaborate as a spa day or as simple as an hour on the couch with a cup of tea and your favorite book. With all you do for everyone else and the added busyness of back to school season, taking time for yourself is imperative. Find time to relax.
Tap into these tips and get ready to master this back-to-school season. With all you handle on a daily basis, we know you can do it!
Contact Errand Works for all of your personal assistant needs. From general errands to appointment companions, our personal assistants are well equipped to help you tackle your busy schedule.
Errand Works, LLC is a licensed, bonded and insured personal assistance company dedicated to improving quality of life for professionals, caregivers and other busy individuals. Every personal assistant must pass a Virginia State Criminal Background Check prior to being hired. In addition, each personal assistant is a Virginia State Notary. Errand Works currently serves Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Manassas and the surrounding areas.