How can busy professionals help their kids get organized for school?

While my focus in my productivity workshops and keynotes is, obviously, time management for business owners and professionals on the go, there’s one personal topic in particular that comes up often in my one-on-one consulting sessions. That topic is: How do I balance my workload with making sure my children are organized for school and perform well?

Yes, it’s only July, but it’s never too early to start planning and getting organized for school. Anyone with children should be thinking about back to school organization right now.


Our five minute segment on NBC’s San Antonio Living was cut short because of President Obama’s news conference, but we were still able to squeeze in a number of tips. Here’s a text summary of what was planned for discussion in the above video:

How can we get a head start on getting organized for the school year?

Use the mantra: Ready, get SETS, go!

School: Expectations, Time, Space

What do you mean by Expectations?

Goals – What are you hoping to accomplish this year?

Grades, curfews, friends – discuss these now with your kids, instead of waiting for problems to arise.


How can we plan for Time?

Start checking for the information you need: school day schedule, activities, work schedule, study, chores, fun, commute times (carpool?).

Start your school sleep schedule at least one week before school begins.

And then we have Space – is this when we get to go shopping?!?!

Choose a location to set up a study and supply center.

Find out your school requirements and complete a home inventory.

Tax free weekend in Texas is August 8-10, 2014. Plan ahead so you don’t overbuy.

Once you’ve done all of this, then you’re ready to go shopping!

By starting these conversations now, you’ll have an easier time balancing your work schedule and your children’s school activities. Continue these conversations weekly to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. The time you invest in communication will save you from lost time and anxiety during the school year.

About Helene Segura

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead?The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits.Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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  1. Jennifer @ Geek Chic Mama on July 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Great strategies to head off problems before they arise by breaking down needs and priorities.

    • Helene Segura on August 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Howdy, Jennifer! (Geek Chic Mama) Amen! Life is happier when you plan ahead instead of waiting for the stuff to hit the fan. 😉

  2. Melissa D on July 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    So helpful! We’re going back in three weeks, and I need to figure out our weekly schedule so we can start going to bed early.

    • Helene Segura on August 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Excellent, Melissa! Great job planning ahead!

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