New (school) year resolutions

Thursday, 3 September 2015


Yes. I'm that person. I sat down and wrote a list of new (school) year resolutions. And I'm not even sorry.

Plus, it's less than half way through day one and I've only broken two of them so far. Result.

I always see a new school year as a fresh start. More so than the actual new year. Must be all those new uniforms, shoes and bags, meaning I'm almost as broke as I am after Christmas!

I'm the type of person who fantasises about being super organised. I have a planner and the best of intentions, but always seem to fall slightly flat. But not this year, my friends! No. Get ready academic year 2015/16; I'm coming for you!

After that build up you might be expecting something a bit ground-breaking. Sorry about that.... here's my list of pretty unexciting (but important nonetheless) resolutions:

✚  Do
everything the night before (uniform out, shoes cleaned, school lunches made). 
✚  Write all clubs, classes, parties, trips, deadlines down as soon as I get them. In one place. That I will refer back to daily.
✚  Eat breakfast. And don't buy biscuits. Because I will eat them.
✚  Write a plan each week - for meals, activities, work outs, blog posts. Everything. It's easy not to bother when I'm at home all the time, rather than work, but I probably need it even more to keep me motivated and make sure I don't forget things.
✚  Make dinner before I pick the kids up from school, if possible. I love having everything ready in advance. Makes me feel a bit like Nigella. Unless it's chicken dippers for tea... they're not so good cold. 
✚  Get outside every day (not including soggy school runs!). Even in the rain. The shortest of walks can make all the difference and fresh air works wonders.
✚  No wine! Monday to Thursday is a grape-free zone (disclaimer: unless I have a really bad day, then wine is allowed).
✚  Get to bed (and preferably to sleep) before 11pm each night. The previous resolution should help with that.
✚  Tackle a room each week. By that I mean a deep clean or decluttering. I cleared out Dylan's wardrobe/toy cupboard/black hole of crap last week - it was bloody horrendous at the time, but I feel great now it's done.
✚  Enjoy every single second of my time at home with Ayden. This time next year I will have just dropped him off for his first day of school. I can't even think about that for too long... waaaah!

Do you make a new (school) year resolution list? I'd love to hear yours.

20 comments

  1. Really great list of resolutions, it's actually so handy to have everything written down isn't it? I love the look of your diary, really pretty with the pink and gold.

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  2. That's a great list, I think I'm going to write that down actually. And Ive started to think too that September is more like new year, also having a new start in September surely means it's ok if we don't actually survive the first round of resolutions!! ;-)
    Nicola

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  3. The making tea thing - that's the one I struggle with - I can never think what to have. I must get into the habit of meal planning!

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  4. Oohh that planner is so pretty! I'm tempted to make September resolutions just so I can buy one!

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  5. Some great tips. My eldest starts reception next week, and my oh has just got a job after being out of work since our eldest was born. I've now got to manage a 4 year old, 2 year old, 9mo, school runs, housework, a blog and a business on my own in the week so really need to get organised!

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  6. Some fab tips. Will definetley take them on board next year. Love your planner too. I like to be organised but I'm more organised in making my planner look pretty than actually being organised at tasks lol x

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  7. I love a good list, I write lists for everything, only thing is I can't stick to them! I imagine i'll need to by the time my little one is in school! Where is that cute planner from? Xx

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  8. Ha ha, that's a big list of resolutions. I've not made any other than getting N to and from school, and even then it's a little flaky given the school seems to have changed the rules about dropping off without telling anyone.

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  9. I love your planner, so stylish and sleek! Great tips for the school year as well. As a teacher I can definitely take some of these on board. x
    www.ibelieveinromeo.blogspot.ie

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  10. A girl after my own heart - I bloody love a good list! And your planner is my dream..how beautiful?! I hope you manage to stick with it as these all sound like they`d be SO helpful in making life that bit less stressful....except the wine...i`d have the wine :P xx

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  11. What great little goals you've made! I'm a teacher and have made similar goals myself.... I wonder how long I'll keep them!!

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  12. I aim to do all the same as you! Good luck to us both! The early to bed one is the hardest! x

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  13. I always make resolutions in September too - I find it far easier than in January when it's all cold and wintry and the start of the school year always makes me want to have a fresh start too. I love your disclaimer on the wine resolution ha ha! x

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  14. I love back to school resolutions - I always make them too!

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  15. Love this! I totally need to take some tips from you, especially the wine rule hahaha! xx

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  16. They are all really good ideas! There's no school in our house yet, but there's a few of these that we could do with too xx

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  17. Grape free zone haha! Love it! No tv/kindle/phone in bed is another good one too x

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  18. Grape free zone haha! Love it! No tv/kindle/phone in bed is another good one too x

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  19. I am quite like you as in I buy the diary etc to be organized and have great intentions but slowly stop using it but this year also I have been a great deal more organized. I am not a mum so my lists are a small bit different, but how great is it writing it down to remember and it is a great feeling when you get those things checked off your list. Best of luck with the rest of your new school year resolution :)

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  20. Hahaha loving the no wine days is on the list but I think all these goals are reasonable and achievable ones. Good luck

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