Before implementing these 6 strategies, my life was a never ending day of chaos. Trying to homeschool, work on my blog, work on my craft business, play with the kids, clean the house, and make meal was not something I could accomplish. Doing my job as a homemaker, mom, and wife are my top priorities and the work I was doing was not reflecting that. I was taking way to much time away from my family hyper focusing in my blog or craft business. On top of that I was getting upset at my poor kids for interrupting me when I was working. That was my wake up call. I realized what I was doing and decided I needed to take action quick. These 6 strategies have brought me back to center and allowing me to focus on what is important while being able to balance the rest.
#1 Prioritize –
The first thing you need to do is write a list of all the things you need to do on a daily or weekly bases. Then you need to write a number according to their priority level. This is important because it is very easy to go through life spending time on low priority items. Seemingly just surviving, this leads to burn out and being very unhappy. Along with figuring out where your priorities are you may need to cut some things out of your life if you are not able to complete the priorities on the top of the list. In this case slowly let go of the bottom ones until you are able to do the things that are truly a priority.
#2 Identify Time Wasters –
This is such an important step if you want to keep all the things on the previous list. It is so easy for me to spend an hour at a time numerous time through out the day on my phone and when I pay attention, I realized I waste soo much time on my phone doing meaningless things. Your phone is not the only time waster I am talking about here. Yours could be something different like the TV, or chatting to much on the phone. Find your time waster and cut it out. When I cut out these time wasters I freed up 5 hours of my day that I could use toward my list.
#3 Planning –
This is an obvious one I’m sure but if you do not plan your day you will never get everything you need or want done. Find your method of planning. This may take a while try something for a week if you hate it try something else. A few methods to try would be using your calendar app on your phone and setting notifications or using a day planner. Rather than having a ridged schedule you could just try implementing a routine doing the something’s at the same time every day. I’ve also tried just checklists but I feel like if you don’t prioritize the list you will get to the end of the day and the important things wont be complete. Find your thing and use it this is key you must actually use it.
#4 Timer –
If you find your self hyper focusing like me use a timer. I actually found this tedious and annoying to set one every time I sat down to do something so I just preset one every hour. Your could just were one of those watches that beep at the top of the hour. Doing this will remind you or get you to think about whether or not you have the time to keep working or you need to stop what you are doing and come back to it later.
#5 Create Separation –
Each task you do requires a different location this will help you not get distracted. If you are working you need to be in a designated work area this will also set a president that if you are in your work space the kids or husband should leave you be unless it is an emergency. When you are playing have your phone or computer on the other side of the room so you are not tempted to check it but keep the volume on if you have calendar or timer notification. You could ever set those notifications on a different sound so you don’t check your phone to see what time notification is for and get distracted. Find yours separation and implement it.
#6 Reward Yourself –
Don’t forget to reward yourself!! This is so important find something to reward yourself with; coffee, movie, new shirt, bath, drinks, or relax with a good book or friend. Find your thing and do it. Packing your day crammed full of tasks that need to get done is life for most of us moms and finding something special to do will help you get through any feelings of overwhelm. So take a load off and do something you love so you can keep taking care of those who you love.
These 6 strategies may be no brainers for some of you but for me it doesn’t come so naturally. Realizing what I needed to do to help get me through the day feeling accomplished and fulfilled was a gift from God and something I had been needing for awhile. If you started following me on my blog and wondered what happened when I disappeared for a month. This is what I was learning and I felt it was only fitting to put it out here for any other mom who is struggling to keep it together. Good luck and don’t forget to do something you love so you can keep taking care of those who you love.