So much to do and so little time. How is it possible to fit everything we need to do into one day?
It’s not possible, because a women’s work is NEVER done! All we can do is work smart and be happy with what we ARE able to do.
Although our “to do” lists are never ending, we must keep our priorities straight. This is something we will constantly need to evaluate (see video at the end of this post). It’s so easy to get caught up in less important things. That’s why I believe we need to be praying constantly that our priorities and goals are inline with God’s will.
People are constantly asking me how I have the time to do what I do. This is a question us moms are ALWAYS asking each other, right? For some reason we tend to think other moms are doing it better, or doing more than we are. First of all, lets STOP comparing ourselves. I know this is hard. I’m constantly doing it myself. We need to just focus on doing OUR best, and that should be enough.
Today I’m going to share some tips as well as reveal to you that I am NOT super women. I’m just like you. I try, I fail, I get tired and overwhelmed. My house is not always clean, kids are not always bathed, and homework is not always done. I sometimes yell and get mean which is a sign I MAY be obsessing a little too much on keeping the house clean, or getting carried away doing a project and have no tolerance for interruptions, which is impossible when you have kids. So just know, that I too struggle.
Now let’s get down to business. These tips are a compilation of my own as well as my lovely Facebook and Instagram friends who commented on my post last week. Thank you all for your awesome tips! They were so helpful for me.
#1 TURN OFF THE TV
“Stop watching TV. Sometimes we still have the TV on at night, but I don’t actually watch it. I snuggle with my kids and work on my phone if they are watching something. I started building my side businesses and have continued running 3 side companies during the time most people watch TV. I don’t miss TV at all and I get a great return from those few hours a week.”
This is a great tip! I don’t usually watch TV, but at night Sean and I do like to watch about 30 minutes together to help us unwind from the day. I know for some, the TV gets you wired, but for Sean and I it helps us turn our brains off. You know what they say, “watching TV will turn your brain to mush”, haha.
#2 HAVE KIDS HELP
“I always have my kids help with daily chores. Moms think they have to do everything. They don’t. My kids are amazing with helping. My youngest who is 8, folds 1 load of laundry and puts away on everyone’s beds, this is daily. That way my laundry does not stack up. It is done fresh out of the dryer. Only takes him about 15 min.
We also eat on paper plates at dinner, clean up is quick and easy. And done before I know it. My oldest helps me sweep and mop the house. Usually once a week. Right now I am currently dusting. With my kids helping me with light chores I am able to workout at night once they go to bed, and this gives me more time to relax with them when they get home from school. I mix veggies a lot of times to make it one side that is cooked and then the main course. It saves on dirtying dishes.
My oldest prepares all trash and takes to the road the night before of trash day. Usually, right before his shower time.
My kids both make their own lunches. They are allowed one sweet snack, then fruit and cheese. This lets them choose what they want. They both put them in the fridges along with their ice packs.
We live in the country so my youngest rides the bus oldest drives. Every morning I make the cereal, it is ready for them when they are ready. I don’t pour milk till they sit down. Every night they make sure their room is neat and lay out their clothes. It keeps from a hassle of a messy bedroom. FYI – my kids got smart! Their beds are made at all times! The sleep on their made beds with a blanket, lol! I just can’t do that, but that’s how they roll!”
“It took me a couple of years to realize that my kids are capable of helping out around the house. I used to do it all and I was burned out! I can’t tell you how teaching my kids to empty the dishwasher or keep their rooms clean will free up my day. They are much more capable than I gave them credit for!”
“Starting when my kids were young and teaching them to be self-sufficient has been one of my greatest time-savers and one of my greatest joys. I always kept them with me when they were little, and they had fun helping me with cooking, gardening and other chores. When they were older and the tasks didn’t seem as fun anymore, they still did chores using a chore chart system. One of their “chores” was to look for something that needed to be done and do it. When their chores were finished they had to ask, “Is there anything else you’d like me to do?” Now that they are all in high school, they have completely internalized what they learned when they were young. I love walking into the kitchen and seeing them cleaning up without being asked. Or seeing them do their own laundry without me telling them to. Often times, Marc and I will come home from a business trip, and the house will look like we never left. Not only have we taught them how to cook, clean and sew, but we’ve taught them how to do Quickbooks, spreadsheets for our taxes and other office work. They are all extremely bright and talented… and self-sufficient. AND ready for the real world. All that to say… it’s completely worth it to spend time with your kids and teach them! So rewarding in every way.”
#3 CLEAN EATING
This is definitely one of THE most important tips! Having the ENERGY to move fast and be productive is key. Mental Clarity and being able to focus definitely contributes to the amount of things you are able to check off your list. You all know how passionate I am about health and nutrition, it’s become my mission in life. I want to educate people on the importance of what goes into our bodies. Please email me if you are interested in learning more about what I do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can also comment on this post and I will be sure to get back to you.
“I think eating well (clean, energizing foods) are also key in making sure we have enough fuel and energy to navigate through our days. Eating junk adds stress and burnout!”
#4 MEAL PREP
Always make double or triple when ever making meals, then freeze the rest for another night later in the month.
It’s the best feeling when my fridge looks like this! All stocked and meals prepped for the week. This means I have fruit and veggies all washed, chopped, and placed in stackable tupperware all neat and organized. This way everything is ready to throw together with different meals. Saves me a TON of time at dinner.
You don’t do this?
Hmmm, okay. Moving on.
“I saved the baby food containers, & I prepped both (mine & Ronin’s) “chocolate milks” = Isagenix protein shakes on Sun.
The night before I prep the shaker, water, “choc milk” & clothes – in the morning… we are out the door!!“
Must wake up early! This one has been a hard one to adapt, but once I finally got used to waking up a couple hours before the kids, my days go SO much better. It gives me time to do some personal study and prayer, exercise, then get ready for the day.
Do a play date swap with a couple neighborhood friends you know and trust. I have Brooklyn go to a friends house once or twice a week so I can run some errands (always easier with less children?), then I’ll put Owen down for a nap and work on a few household chores, and a little #isagenix fun (some call it work, but I think it’s fun). Then I will take a turn and have Brooklyn’s friends come play at my house for a while on a different day of the week.
#9 CRAFT CADDIE AND BUSY BOX
#10 SET YOUR TIMER
Set your timer. It’s easy to get carried away working on a project, then before you know it, the baby is awake or the kids are home from school and your window of “to do list” time is over. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
I also like to use a 20 minute list on some days. I just write down all the things I need, want, and SHOULD do, then set my timer and work down the list, giving myself 20 minutes for each task. This method helps my brain I guess you could say. I know I SHOULD be playing with my kids, but then I see messes everywhere and I can’t seem to focus on playing. This way, the list is telling my brain, “don’t worry, you can get to that in 20 minutes, focus on your kids at this moment”. Am I just crazy? Or can anyone relate?
“Have a weekly/daily cleaning task list to break up household chores throughout the week so that it’s not all packed into one day.”
“We have designated weeknights of the same dinner during the school year – every Monday is crockpot chili, Wednesday pasta, and Friday pizza. Oh, and Thursdays are leftovers. I meal plan (or intend to) every Saturday or Sunday before I grocery shop (yes I created a”form” with each dinner’s entree, side and salad). I also use the help of apps for organizing whenever possible. So a future tip: we all have phones since I work full time. We use the cozi app for our daily family calendar. I can add each child’s activities, and they can select their own name and see what their schedule is. It also has a grocery list and anyone in our family can add to it. It’s awesome!”
#11 PICK OUT OUTFITS FOR THE WEEK
I found these cute printouts on Pinterest. Isn’t it great!!!
#13 MULTIPURPOSE YOUR PURCHASES
–Abbey Karel (Ask her about her skincare)
I just LOVE Amazon. I save myself HOURS by shopping online instead of driving all across town searching for different items I need. I’m sure most of you are aware of Amazon prime (free shipping) by now. It’s pretty awesome.
Throw back to 4 years ago when I did a presentation on BALANCING life as a mom.