The Power Hour

hate rushing! Now that school is back in session, I don’t have the luxury of chilling in the bed until the last minute. I now have three people to get dressed and out the door by 7:20am. So take my dislike of rushing and my disdain for tardiness and you now have the recipe for one stressed out momma

I had to find a way to get my life in order so my sanity could stay in check. About a year ago I implemented what my crew affectionately calls Power Hour. Power Hour is the time I spend on Sunday to set my family up for success for the upcoming week. It usually takes place between 3-5pm.  No two Power Hours are the same. It really depends on my mood and what I can comfortably accomplish within an hour. Here are a few of the things that I knock out during my Sunday Power Hour:

  • Gather and organize kids’ clothes for the week – I don’t just mean clothes, I’m talking accessories, socks, shoes. I will not be looking for pink polka dot socks or favorite red dinosaur shirts in the morning. (#aintnobodygottimeforthat)
  • Meal Planning – Do you know what causes arguments in marriages? Trying to decide what to eat at 6pm on a Tuesday after you’ve both worked all day. The “What do you want to eat?” debate is exhausting, especially since neither of you unthawed the chicken. Meal planning has been a life saver. Chart out your family’s meals for the week. Some weeks, I can plan breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Other weeks I can only knock out dinners. Don’t be afraid to put leftovers on the meal plan.
  • Meal Prepping – Now that you know what you are going to eat, let’s take time to prep some of the food.
    • Chop up fruit and veggies – Fajitas on the menu? Chop up the bell peppers and onions.  Strawberries and grapes for snack? Slice strawberries, rinse the grapes and place in Ziploc snack bags.
    • Cook a box of pasta – I store my cooked pasta in an airtight container in the fridge. A box of cooked pasta can make two meals for my crew of four.
    • Chop rotisserie chicken – During our weekly errand run Costco is usually on the list. I always grab a rotisserie chicken. Not only are these chickens delicious and inexpensive, they help me in with meal prep. During Power Hour, I will remove all the chicken meat, chop it, and store it.  You can now quickly add protein to salads or to the pasta you’ve already cooked.
  • Coordinate schedules and complete paperwork – I always make sure that the crew is on the same page by Monday. Booette (baby girl) has a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday at 3:30pm. The Lil Guy has Tae Kwon Do on Wednesday night. Both kids have a birthday party to attend on Saturday. The cable guy is coming on Thursday.  These are the details I go over with my husband on Sunday afternoon to ensure we are on the same page. My Little Guy is in first grade, which means I have to complete his transportation each and every day. Pending an emergency, I know how he’s getting home each day, so I complete the log for the week. I also knock out any permission slips and all other school forms during this time

These are just a few ways I help my family prepare for the week. It’s not always perfect, but the little extra effort goes a long way.  Keep in mind Power Hour doesn’t have to be on a Sunday and it can include anything that helps you and your family. How do you help your family prepare for the week? I would love to hear from you.

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