Ep 101: Back to School - Back to Business: Making the transition smooth, easy, & a success

with Lani Jackson

Congratulations, you survived the summer! And now we get to survive the transition from summer to back to school and back to business – doing the routines and all of that. So if you have kiddos in school (like me) and you’re transitioning to “back to school” during the month of August and September, this episode is going to be for you.

Here are some of the tips and tricks that I have learned along the way having six kiddos who are in school now for several years. There’s some things with combining back to school and getting back into the business that I really like and just feel help us as mom entrepreneurs.

This is going to be very mom centered advice as well as some business too, but I’m going to start on the mom’s side. Because this is really where it starts. We have to start with ourselves and our mom life and get that chaos all taken care of in order to feel settled.

“We don’t always have to be in mom mode or always be in business entrepreneurs, CEO mode. 

There is also time for you just to be you. That’s a gift you can give yourself.”

Discussed in this Episode...

Listen as Lani shares:

The first thing to do when starting Back To School is

  • Take the day off
    • A half day off works too
  • Block the first day of school off
    • Keep this day as unscheduled as you can
      • Let yourself have no obligations
      • Have no expectations
      • Take a nap


The first week of school or a week before school starts

  • Take the week to plan
    • Set aside time to meal plan
      • Nail in a plan that is easy and flexible
      • Restock your groceries
      • Reorganize your pantry
      • Go through the freezer
      • Go through the fridge
  • Meals can get pushed to last minute during the school year
    • Temptation to go through the drive through can set in
    • Meal plan for good healthy meals
  • Use Trello to plan out all your meals
  • You can plan for
    • Your family dinners
    • Your kid’s lunches
    • Snacks
  • Don’t forget that your lunches are important too!
    • You deserve great lunches
    • Plan for healthy meals and snacks for yourself
      • Eating healthy yourself makes a difference in how
        • You can show up in your business
        • You show up with your family


Every 3 months there’s a big season change

  • With each change stop and look at your schedule
    • Ask yourself: Where do I want to be working?
      • How do I want to arrange my weeks that I can maximize my time?
      • Do I need to set aside a CEO day?
    • Set aside CEO days
      • Because you are the CEO of your house and your business
        • CEO days would include
          • *No client work*
          • Planning
          • Preparing
          • Brainstorming
          • Developing your business
          • Doing deep cleans in your home
          • Doing extra errands
          • Doctor appointments
        • This allows you to never have a conflict with your work because you know those days are set aside


Plan for sports

  • If your kids are doing sports in the school year
    • Get those forms together and turned in
    • Get everything you will need for those sports
      • Get together all backpacks and shoes they will need
      • Think about how the travel time in between sports will affect you
        • Could you listen to a podcast episode while waiting to pick your kid up?
        • Preparing to maximize your time will give you an added boost


Plan for Holidays

  • Go through your kids school calendar and mark off the days they don’t have school
    • So you can make your calendar
    • You know what’s coming up
    • Be prepared for random no school days or half days
  • Prepare so you don’t overbook
  • Prioritize your family



  • Your house
    • Make a deep clean schedule
    • Make a pact with a friend to help each other deep clean each other’s houses
    • Hire someone to deep clean
  • Your workspace
    • Your computer desktop
    • Get rid of things you don’t need
    • Organize your files
  • Your processes
    • How can you make them work for your family better?
      • After school routine
      • Organization
    • How can you make them work for your business better?
      • What are the processes that I’m doing?
      • How can I make this work better for me?
      • How can I make it more efficient?
    • Clean them up and nail them in


Think about your goals

  • What are the things you want to accomplish between now and December or by January 1st?
    • What do you want to do?
    • How can you do that?
    • What’s it going to take?
  • Get the number or plan in your head
  • Don’t fill your schedule to the brim
    • Don’t book yourself solid from the moment you wake up to when you go to bed
    • Plan for flexibility
      • Leave room for the chaos
    • Be kind to yourself
    • Pace yourself
    • Set realistic expectations
    • Allow yourself to get used to the routine


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More about Lani:

Lani is a mom to 6 kids, and wife to her husband of 15 years. She survives on caffeine, laughing with her kids, cooking in the kitchen, hiding in the pantry eating chocolate, and helping other women know they are not alone in the chaos of motherhood & their entrepreneur journey.

She is a Clarity & Strategy Coach for mom entrepreneurs! Helping them to create flexible strategies that adjust and move with the chaos of mom life, but still bring consistent monthly income. Her mission is to help mompreneurs get out of survival mode, release the mom guilt, and create a clear plan of action that will help them reach their dreams of consistent monthly income, flexibility, and freedom.

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