To coincide with a piece I wrote a bit a go, my family has evolved our discussions every morning into actual “stand ups.”
Every morning we have these discussions over coffee, and sometimes we revisit mid-way through the day to make sure we are on track or if we need to change plans.
Raising two children under two full time without family can be a challenge and this has proven to help keep priorities in check and everyone from feeling overwhelmed.
Everything is stored in a notebook in Evernote so every morning I duplicate yesterday’s notes and then alter.
- What is actually scheduled for today, be it meetings a doctors appointment or a playdate
- This list is limited to 3 tasks we’d like to accomplish today. Usually it’s 1 per parent then a joint task like going for a long walk
- What does everyone need to be aware of and not forget but maybe not need to tackle for the next couple of weeks. A great example is getting the car inspected.
- What can be done to maintain or improve each others’ sanity and happiness? Examples like more down time for playing games, or going on long bike rides alone, date nights etc.
We’ve found this keeps everything in check and flowing smoothly, not too many surprises other than what our children present each day.