Being a mom is like a juggler at the circus.
Circus jugglers never have just one ball in the air at a time. They are constantly focused on their responsibility to keep the balls rotating. As their act continues, the juggler slowly adds additional balls in hopes that he won’t become overloaded and can keep the act going.
As moms, it’s safe to say that you are juggling many, many balls of responsibility in your schedule. Many occurring at the same time. You never seem to have just one ball in the air.
Your responsibilities include work, laundry, cooking, shopping, commuting, fixing, cleaning, and the list could continue. If you lose focus, you worry that it will all come crashing down. It’s tough to keep adding balls to juggling act. Each seem equally important.
Every mom has tasks that need to be completed daily without fail. No matter what these tasks must get accomplished. There are also tasks on the list that you would like to get accomplished.
You find yourself wondering is it possible to do it all?
Here are 3 time management strategies to help you prioritize the tasks on your list so you can get more things accomplished.
1.) Be Realistic
- How much time do you have available for a task?
- Is this a task that you truly want to or need to tackle today?
- Do you have 15 minutes? 30 minutes? 90 minutes?
It’s important to select a task that can be completed in the amount of time that you have available. How often do we start a task and end of frustrated because we weren’t able to finish it? We all feel better about ourselves and the accomplishments of our day if at least one thing is successfully completed.
2.) Be Intentional
- What is my goal for your day?
- Do you have friends coming over?
- Is your family celebrating a holiday in the coming week?
- Is the mess just causing you stress and frustration?
Our lists typically have a variety of tasks and various goals on them. Some of the tasks need to be completed today and some can be put aside for another day or week. While the larger goals are important, it’s just as important to prioritize tasks that need to be completed today. For example, if you are hosting a dinner party, it’s important for you to get your cleaning tasks completed and the grocery shopping done, but it’s not necessary to tackle cleaning out your garage.
3.) Be Aware
- Is my time better used another way?
- Is there something that I’ve been wanting to do for myself?
- What do I need to do for myself today?
Moms instinctively put the needs of other before their own needs. Perhaps, today has been a difficult day and you only have 15 free minutes until you need to pick up your children. Taking 10 minutes to respond to your friend’s email might be just what you need to get through the rest of your day. Your other tasks can wait.
Taking care of yourself is just as important as getting the toy room picked up or the grocery shopping accomplished. However, moms typically feel guilty about putting themselves at the top of the list. Be aware and value your own feelings, too!
These strategies certainly don’t suggest that you throw your daily chores and home organization goals out the window. However, it is important to stop for a moment, take a step back, and recharge yourself. It’s possible to do both. You and your family will thank you because you’ll find that you are in a better frame of mind to be the mom you want to be.
Julie Bowman is a working mother of four-year-old twin boys. She is the owner and creative visionary behind The Organized Details. You can learn more lifestyle strategies on her blog, www.theorganizeddetails.com/blog. She helps busy moms get organized, prepare for the demands of their daily lives, and encourages them to make time to create memories with their families. When she needs to recharge her soul, you can find her with her favorite latte and a great book. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.