Time is a precious commodity and we can often find ourselves stressed out because we’ve over scheduled ourselves. Here are 8 tips to give yourself more time…and hopefully less stress!
1. Decide what’s important and do that first thing everyday. If it’s important, you’ll find a way to get it done no matter what! That might mean waking up earlier than your family some days.I wake up early on weekdays to put in 1 very focused hour of work and to get my workout in before the kids wake up. This helps me to plug into work when I am working and plug into being present with my children when they wake up.
2.Don’t let other people schedule your life. Friends and family may mean well when they make plans that automatically include you, but if it’s not going to work for you and your family (i.e. it’s during nap time, the kids are cranky, you’re tired from a long day etc..) don’t be afraid to say no. They’ll understand!
3. Pay close attention to what makes you happy. Do you look forward to or dread your monthly book club? Get rid of obligations that you don’t actually enjoy.
4.Stop Watching TV–okay maybe not totally, but cut back and see what happens. You’ll find that you don’t miss it, and those shows you “just HAVE to watch” aren’t really that important.
5. Look through your calendar and cancel things that you aren’t excited about. See tip #3
6. Schedule your breaks and enjoy them. There’s nothing wrong with taking time for YOU! For more about this, see my post: taking time for you is not selfish!
7.If you keep putting something off, just let it go.
8.Before you go to bed, decide on tomorrow’s most important action.
9. Set good household habits so cleaning isn’t a stress: I have found if I stick to daily cleaning habits — my house stays pretty clean and in order. ✔️ make sure the dishwasher is loaded and started every night. ✔️ quick 10 minute tidy up throughout house before bed. ✔️unload dishwasher every morning so dishes can be loaded immediately with each meal. ✔️never put shoes or clothes on floor. Put them away immediately after removing from body.
I get asked many times how I’m able to juggle working from home and being a mom to young kids. Here are a couple tips for those of you work from home or would like to work from home, but aren’t sure how to do it–I follow all the above tips, PLUS the following:
10. I like to work during my daughters nap time. During this time my son gets to do a special activity!! Today, we made him a train and car track. I have a closet of toys and we rotate toys each week. I also like to have a few activities that we pull out each day of the week for special time (while mom works) and then they immediately go back onto shelf.
11. I can work from ANYWHERE we often go for walks, play outside, or go to the park to play while mommy works from her laptop or phone.