It’s time for license renewal and all the assorted inspections, certifications and paperwork.¬† When we were licensed, all these little things seemed so daunting but be assured, it does get easier.¬† Here are my top five ways to stay sane while checking off the things I need to do:
- Use my calendar. Things that occur monthly, quarterly or annually are set to “repeat” on my calendar.¬† For example, each month I must submit a medication report; once a year I need to provide our driver’s licenses and car insurance.¬† By setting these things a few days or weeks before they’re due, I take the stress out of it.
- Remember my two cardinal rules: First,¬† each item is¬† easier than it sounds; Secondly, each thing takes longer than I think it “should.”¬† The takeaway from these two rules is, first, don’t procrastinate and second, only try to do one licensing item in any one day.
- Delegate where I can; Dear Hubby is in charge of the pet vaccinations; everyone helps keep the outlet covers on; everyone helps ready for the fire inspection.
- Work ahead. This is made easier by calendaring.¬†¬† By setting everything ahead of it’s due date, I am not stressed if life (or a new child) intervenes and I can’t complete that item on that day.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.¬† Sometimes things get by me.¬† I just call the social worker, explain the situation and ask how we can proceed.
My goals this year are to organize as I go.¬† If I notice I am running low on copies, I will make those copies right away and put them in my book.¬† Every piece of paper (inspection, etc.) will be immediately copied, filed, and mailed to the agency.¬† I am adding one new step this year, as well:¬† On my calendar record the date I mailed in each item.¬† A change of personnel at the agency last year resulted in some things being misfiled.¬† A date makes it easier for them to track down.
That’s the plan — I’ll let you know how it goes!