As a busy mom and businesswoman, I am always on the move. I’m either cleaning, taking care of children, or creating new pieces of content for S.E.L.F. The Experiment! I have to intentionally make time to stop to allow my mind and body time to breathe. If I don’t take time to slow down, something will happen and I am forced to take a break. In this post, I share how to make the most of your time!
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For example, I was rushing for days trying to complete the first draft of my book, knee-deep in my semi-annual sale, AND still completing all of my motherly duties. I was on autopilot and wasn’t listening to my body. When I went to take two bags of trash out to the curb and I rolled my ankle and slid down the stairs. I couldn’t walk on my left foot for a week and I was forced to sit down and take a break.
I am ALWAYS looking for ways to use my time wisely. I’m going to share a few tools and ways that allow me to feel good about the time I am using.
Create an energetic routine.
Throughout the years, I have tried to set a specific schedule to get the most done. If you know anything about parenting, or really just life in general, you know that sometimes things don’t happen exactly as we want them. I had specific times for breakfast, cleaning, lunch, nap, and everything else throughout the day. Then something would happen and the whole routine was off. Specific times did not work for me.
I paid attention to my natural routine and decided that every day happened in the same way. In the morning, I wake up, get the older boys up and ready for school, and clean. In the afternoon, I make lunch, learn during nap time, make supper, and at night once the boys are in bed I create. I decided to declare my routine as clean, learn, and create. This gives me so much space for what I really need to do each day.
If you’re looking for a different way to go about your days and to-do lists aren’t your forte, pay attention to how you’re currently living. How can you make your day-to-day work FOR you? If you’d like more help with this, check out Seven Tips to Get Into Energetic Flow.
Listen to books while doing housework.
Laundry and dishes are mindless tasks. They’re also the most boring tasks that I do often. I like to use my time during housework to learn. My favorite way of learning is by listening to books. Currently, I’m listening to The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. I have built my listening library with so many books throughout the year with my Audible membership. Every month I get one credit that is valid for any book on Audible. Some of the other books I have listened to include You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero, Rich As F*ck by Amanda Frances, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, and many more. When you sign up today, you get a free 30-day trial! Sign up today!
“Watch” shows while getting work done.
I am all for taking breaks and enjoying a good show, but there are many times when I get lost in the show. Five hours pass, I haven’t gotten anything done and then I feel guilty for spending too much time on something less important than my business. I have recently shifted to watching my shows while cooking meals and writing for this blog. This gives me the chance to enjoy my shows while also getting things done! I have specific shows for different types of work time. When I have a show that I need to pay attention to, I watch it during meal times. When I have a show that has no continuous plot, I listen to it while writing. What do you do to enjoy what you love and get things done?
Be more present to stop forgetting.
I’m guilty of trying to multitask so much that I really have no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going. I’ll walk into the bedroom two seconds after deciding that I need something and I’ve already forgotten what it was. I am easily distracted by sounds and movement. I’ve found that being present in the moment and not multitasking allows me to remember what I’m doing. To be fully present, I stop where I’m at, take a deep breath, and then I decide what one thing I am going to do right now.
How do you make the most of your time? Tell me in the comments below.
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I think moms are naturally overwhelmed. We have the pressure of doing so many things and everyone expect us to complete them all and on time. For our physical and mental health we have to learn how to manage our time. Thanks.
Time management techniques are so important- as a working mother I find myself always struggling to find enough hours in the day to do everything I wish I could fit in. Not a lot of time to watch my favorite shows, but I sign on to streaming while on the treadmill as I exercise. It makes of a not so desireable to do, much more pleasurable!