These days, it’s not uncommon for most mums to be juggling multiple tasks all at once. Sometimes it can be a pain to keep up. Other times it feels like a miracle to simply get through the day. Having said that, what are some of the ways one can cope with such a lifestyle? Are there any tips that one can apply in order to utilise one’s energy efficiently and manage time effectively? In a word, yes. Below are several tips that you can follow in order to dominate your role as a mother:
1. Get smart.
What does this mean exactly? For starters, if there’s any way that you can streamline a task or do it in such a way that it works for you instead of you having to work for it, then do it. One solid example is taking advantage of today’s highly digitised society. Gone are the days when one had to step out of the house in order to purchase a carton of milk. These days, you can have almost anything delivered right to your doorstep without leaving the comfort of your home. As a busy mum, between helping your kids with their homework, our feeding a baby and making sure dinner’s ready by 6, sometimes there’s just no time left to do the groceries. This is where delivery services by Cole’s (colesonline.com.au) or Woolworths (woolworths.com.au) come in. These major grocery suppliers are a godsend to any mum who’s spread herself too thin. When your groceries are delivered right to you, you can save precious time that would have otherwise been used to get dressed, hop in the car, go through each aisle to get what you need, line up at the cashier, put the groceries in the car, drive home, and carry the groceries in the house.
2. Organize, organize, organize.
You’ve probably realised this early on as a mother, but more than ever, organisation is key to not only helping you sort out your crazy schedule, but to staying sane. To-do lists and schedules are your new best friend at this point in your life as they will help you map out what you need to purchase, what you need to accomplish, when you need to accomplish it, and where. Get your husband in on the organisation process as well and if you have older children, you can train them to adopt the habit as well. This will keep you from having a meltdown as you are able to have a clear picture of what you ought to be doing and how much time you need for each task.
3. Do not over-commit.
As a mum, you want to be super mum. You want to be the world’s best mum, employee of the year (if you’re working), a trophy wife, and a great friend. Those are all wonderful things to aspire to but none of them will come to fruition if you don’t look after yourself or commit to do too many things at once. The inevitable result will be burnout - sooner, if not later - and fatigue. Instead of being able to do a few things well, the outcome will be you not being able to do anything at all. This is why you need to learn how to say no to commitments that aren’t essential or important. There’s also no shame in asking for help if you feel that you need it.
4. Reward yourself with a timeout.
If your kids get timeouts for bad behaviour, then you deserve a timeout for being an amazing mum. Work your schedule out with your husband or babysitter so that at least once or twice month, you get “me time”. This can mean a trip to the spa, salon or the movies. Or it can also mean reading a good book with your legs propped up while soaking in the tub. Regardless of what method of relaxation you choose, the turnout is going to be beneficial as you go back to busy mum mode afterwards as you’ve now been re-calibrated and refreshed.
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