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Being a working mom is two and a half jobsworth, you have your 9-5 job, you have your parenting job and, you have the job of keeping up with the little ones.
It can be ovewhelming and a struggle to keep up whether you work a 9-5 or are a stay at home mom.
There’s always something that needs done, and there always seems to be more to do than hours in a day.
So how can we change our routine so we can get more done?
Create a routine
A routine can apply to different aspects of your life or day.
From figuring out dinner to getting ready in the morning, there is a routine there.
Get a planner
Personally, I prefer to use a planner that provides a space to write in for each day.
Sometimes the best option is to use a hourly planner that shows hour by hour your day.
Lists- whiteboards, post-its, and to-do lists
My husband cringes at my binders and lists, but everyone enjoys the whiteboards.
I like to keep about three of them, two for the fridge, one for the wall.
Post-its can be handy in a sinch, same for to-do lists.
Microsoft- to do
trello- organizes thoughts and tasks in a board, along with being able to add collaberators
Time tune- creates your to-dos in schedule form
Why routines are important
Routine makes getting things done easier and more realistic.
Mentally and physically a routine assits your body’s internal clock with waking and resting around the same times.
Less mess equals less stress
When everything is a wreck, it’s hard to focus on anything else going on
All you see is the mess
It becomes overwhelming
Home is a second job
It is a daunting to keep up with home and work
Let’s face it home life can be tough. especially when you have kiddos
Perfection is not required
It always seems some moms have it all figured out with their perfect lives
no ones life is perfect
Some days it’s abour just doing the best you can
and thats okay
What my routine looks like
- Starting laundry the night before im off work
- unload the dishwasher before dinner
- reload the dishwasher after dinner
- take out trash after dinner ( I have two dogs that will get into it)
- elect help to get the main house area clean before bed
- wipe table after dinner
Getting a routine and keeping it is a little bit of a process
start simple and work towards more
start with one thing per day you want to do routinely
Pick a few focuses every day
The goal is to eventually grow into your ideal routine
It’s best to not overwhelm yourself from the get go
Slowly over time increase the tasks you want to accomplish per day
Routine, messes and real-life structure
routine is optimal and it’s best to acheive it most of the time, it’s okay
messes happen, it’s just important to not let them overrun you
also, electing help is a big part of staying sane
nothing is worse than feeling like you are the only one doing things
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