Chances are, you and I are a lot alike.
It’s Friday and you have the same to-do list that you started with on Monday. You stress about it all day, work late into the night trying to get more done by Friday. You like to save the weekends for family adventures. You DO NOT want that pesky list to roll over to Saturday!
I feel ya, I’m right here with you! I have a husband and 4 curious, silly kids to cherish every moment with.
Before I found my rhythm, almost every morning started stressfully slow and so many things pulled at me as soon as I woke up. (If you want to read about how I start my mornings now, click here.)
Sick kids. Arguing kids. Pre-teens with an attitude. Breakfast that kids won’t eat. Lessons and chores they don’t want to do. Last minute errands. A never-ending pile of laundry. Dishes. Customer orders (I can always see the bright side to all those things, though!).
I was so exhausted after taking care of the kids that I barely started anything I needed to do. By the end of the week, I had the same list and we made a lot of online orders for dinner; sooooo delicious but way too much money!
My biggest problem: sometimes my heart wants a big brownie, a bowl of ice cream and Netflix to distract me. Pretend the mess isn’t there. Mask the anxiety I feel from all this mess. Anyone else!? (That creates another mudslide of problems we can talk about another time!)
Btw, stepping away from it for a few minutes is really helpful. I take a walk, do yoga in the park, go to the gym, or just drive around admiring the local farms. I listen to an uplifting podcast or YouTube video. When I come back, I’m mentally ready to tackle the challenges still lying there waiting for me.
This year, I wanted to be more in control of the mess, not just cope with it. I want peace all week, not only on the weekend. I want to stop living with anxiety about what isn’t getting done. I want to spend more time with my kids and less time reacting-or overreacting- to messes all over the house. I decided I’m not going to waste any more time wasting time!
I’ve been practicing these 4 steps for a while now and I’m super eager to share what I’ve learned with you! Here are the simple steps that made a huge impact in my day-to-day life:
*Hint: it’s all about daily rhythms and eliminating distractions!
- Make a daily and weekly to-do list in the order I need to do them on Sunday nights using my favorite printable page. I put the checklists on the fridge. The kids get their own lists too! I make sure I stick to it EVERY DAY that I can (I do have sick days and vacation days); I remind myself “just do the next right thing” to take control of the spaghetti-like mess of thoughts in my head.
*Tip: If you want to implement this in your life: your list should have a reasonable number of tasks on it with margin in between for rest. Don’t add 101 things to hustle through every single day– the biggest thing you’ll gain with a too-long to-do list is a mountain of overwhelm, exhaustion and guilt over what wasn’t done. So give yourself reasonable limits.
2. Set my phone to silent and ignore the notifications on my phone that constantly fly in- notifications are seriously the hardest things for me to ignore!
3. Turn on music instead of my currently-fave tv show. Dance away while you’re getting all those things done!
4. Set a timer for both the kids and me- they get to do their own things at the same time and they know not to try to pull me away from my work until the timer ends. In addition to my main timer, I have time estimates for each task. For example, picking up laundry around the house and taking it to the washer seems like it takes a long time- it actually takes about 45 seconds.
And guess what!? With these 4 steps and a lot of consistency, I make it all the way to the bottom of the list!
I’m not perfect at it but having a reliable system helps so much. If extra time with the family every once in a while gets me off track, I know it’ll be easy to catch up the next day. If I have a sick day, I know I can catch up tomorrow.
I was shocked at how quickly I could get it all done too! Picking up laundry, taking out the trash, watering plants, setting up diffusers, washing the stove and table and 40 other tasks take about 45 seconds each. When I do it daily and don’t drift down the rabbit hole of distractions, I can get everything done in about an hour. Big projects that took me all week to find time to work on- like putting away the laundry or painting the office shelves- actually only took a few hours!
P.S. Whenever the house gets overwhelming, it’s better for everyone in the house to tackle it right away. Do it even when I don’t want to, ya know? I’m like Nike… my motto in a lot areas of my life is “Just Do It”. If I know I can’t get everything done right away- sometimes our day is scheduled out ALL DAY- I’ll work on the main pressure point and finish up at the end of the day.
So now I want to challenge you:
Getting things done doesn’t have to feel overwhelming anymore! Make a plan and decide now to stick to it! Don’t let distractions pull you away, don’t procrastinate, and definitely don’t waste any time worrying about it. Conquer that list and give yourself more time for the things you love to do!
It’s your time and you’re ready to take the next step!
Because I’m a giver and I LOVE to overdeliver, I created a pretty visual for you to see all the steps on one page AND I’ve included a bonus page to give you the exact flow chart I use every single day to keep my house in order!
This FREE guide will help you get started today and learn the easy, fun way to tackle that to-do list (so you can get more done in less time and keep doing it without burnout!)
And if you want more tips on how to rock the #momboss life, check out this post here.
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