Women have the superpower of just being able to figure things out. Even if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and as though you have nothing figured out, you chose to read these tips as part of you figuring it out.
It’s no secret that we have many roles. For me, I’m a wife, mom, PhD student, business owner, employee, and blogger. Saying it out loud reminds me of how busy I am! At this point, I’m over the fact that I’m busy. My biggest struggle now is making sure I get everything done or taken care of.
Everyone’s lives and days are different. Regardless of what your roles are, life can get overwhelming. That’s why I want to share with you what keeps me going. Of course, I love my husband, boys, and the home we share. If we are talking about what my heart beats for… it’s my family. But, that’s not what this is about. There’s so much to do. Every day. Here’s how I get all of it done – without losing my mind.
3 Day Changing Ways To Get It All Done
1. Wake up early
I started this almost two years ago and have been a proponent of it ever since! The boys used to wake up pretty early. So, I would let them be my alarm clock and wake up when they did. After agonizing over how stressful my mornings were for long enough, I decided something must change.
I started by waking up 30 minutes before the boys. I would literally wake up, pee, and start putting on my makeup with my eyes still adjusting to the light. (I’m a nighttime shower taker if you were wondering!) Although it sounds awful, I really liked this routine. It gave me 30 minutes to wake up without the boys asking for breakfast, milk, help with the TV, etc. It was time for me. I could get ready for the day uninterrupted.
Earlier this year, I changed my routine again. Now I wake up between 4:00AM – 4:20AM every day. It is by far one of the best decisions I’ve made for my day! Honestly, I don’t know how I did everything not waking up this early. I have time for myself, to get ready, to cook breakfast, to pack school lunches, and typically work on a chore like folding laundry. Just having time for a small chore or two has made a huge impact on the rest of my day. I’ve found I’m not stressing as much about what housework isn’t done.
Try waking up early! It will take some getting used to, but it will be well worth it!
2. Plan Everything
I am a planner by nature. In my mind, if it’s planned, it is more difficult to ignore, push to the side, or skip over. Also, we have enough to remember! So, help yourself by getting some of that onto paper or into an app. Let it do the work for you!
I plan every day in my head the day before. When I wake up in the morning, I know every major task and/or event of the day and approximately what time I want to arrive at that task or event. I’m a bit OCD, I know.
I use lists for groceries, parties, and holidays. I started my Christmas list on the same day I started my Halloween party planning list. There’s something about being able to mark through a completed item that just feels good. The Christmas List app is a must-have app for iPhone users.
3. Stop Thinking and Do
This has become something I live by. I overthink everything. I also have procrastinator tendencies. Every day, sometimes more than once a day, I tell myself to stop thinking about it and just do it.
Let’s use something simple for example. If I think about how much I’m dreading folding that pile of clean clothes, before I know it, I won’t have time to fold them even if I wanted to.
This also goes for things that give you anxiety or stress you out. For me that can feel like everything some days. The more you think about it, the more the anxiety or stress is going to grow. Sometimes you just must do it.
Take action. Complete a task. On days you feel like doing nothing, which is totally okay, if you complete just one task, you’ll feel accomplished. I think you’ll also find that completing one task will give you momentum. Before you know it, you’ll have completed many tasks!
I get it…
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed or burned out. Still, don’t let yourself believe that it’s impossible to do everything. You are stronger than you know.
Like we’ve always been told… practice makes perfect.