Finding life balance is one of the hardest tricks to accomplish as a mom – especially when you’re also juggling a career. I know as a working mom of 3, finding balance is a definite challenge. Here are our top 5 hacks to help you balance your life as a mom.
1. Keep a Realistic Schedule
The main word is “realistic.” When I first became a mom I thought I could do 1000 things at once. Though to be honest, I tried to do that even before motherhood.
Then, I realized that it wasn’t about doing 1000 things at once, it was about accomplishing specific tasks throughout the day. It’s not doing things it’s about making things happen. And making the RIGHT things happen.
The more you’re trying to juggle, the more important it is to make a good schedule and keep to it. Block out times where you need to sleep, exercise, and not be bothered. Set specific times where you assign yourself to work, housework, cooking, errands, and even “treating yourself outside of work commitments.”
If you don’t plan a realistic schedule that makes sense then you won’t go anywhere. Remember! Don’t forget to schedule your breaks! Moms definitely need stay healthy and to treat themselves once in a while (;
2. Learn to say “No.”
NO is a very powerful word that I don’t like to say often! If you’re like me, you don’t like to refuse favors because you’re too nice and you don’t want to miss out on something. Do your best to really consider saying the word “no” to plans that can hurt your realistic schedule. You need rest. You have a ton of things to do!
When there is a ton of things on your plate – it’s okay…actually, it’s necessary to say no! You’re saying YES to balance and peace of mind.
3. Group Your Work Together!
This is a fun one! All you need to do is group tasks that are similar and do them together. You’ll get things done faster because your mind will be only on one thing, which will be easy to forget once done! For example, it’s good to group all your bills together and just focus on it for a block of time on one day (nothing else). Another example, is to wait till all the dishes are together (and no one is eating) before you clean the kitchen.
This also goes for working moms as well (like me!). For example, block time for e-mails (e.g., 10:00 – 11:00), rather than responding to them as they come in. And then turn off notifications, ringers, and other distractions to help you stick to your time blocks and schedules – it’s very easy for ringing phones, e-mail or Facebook notifications, kids who want to play, etc. to throw you off.
4. Keep it Organized
This goes without saying that keeping it organized is pretty crucial. Besides using the Checklist Mom app. Here are some cool tips:
Have as little out as possible: Keep your surfaces as clean as possible – meaning knick knacks, decorating items. A cluttered surface can lead to a cluttered mind. My desk has nothing except my computer, a pad to write on, and a phone. This maybe boring, but I get things done. The other bonus is that when there is little out, there is less cleaning and less dusting. When you’ve got kids and they’ve got SO MUCH STUFF (why do the littlest ones have the most stuff??), it can be challenging, but try to keep things put away as much as possible.
Give away what you don’t use “regularly” or doesn’t “spark joy”: As I’ve been writing about, I’ve been doing the KonMari De-cluttering method, and I’ve been loving giving away things that don’t spark joy in my life. I feel lighter when I give things away, and giving it to someone with a bigger need makes me feel less guilty for getting rid of good items.
Going paperless: my office is almost entirely paperless. I scan and digitally file what is necessary and then toss the rest. Need I say more? There’s no getting up looking for files, misfiling, paper waste, toner waste, buying folders, buying paper. Oh, and being able to fax and email documents in seconds saves so much time.
5. Keep Your Attitude Positive
Last but not least… your attitude is everything! No matter how organized you are, no matter how many times you say no, and no matter how many times you schedule your schedule… if you’re not keeping a positive attitude than everything will be lost. You got this! Just tell yourself you’re amazing and you deserve to have a balanced life because you are and you do!
Yes, You’re amazing!!! 😀
Do you have any other cool hacks and tips? Share in the comments and let me know!
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices. She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.