This past weekend was wonderful. I took a much needed break from work, and spent time with my family without worrying about a to-do list. Being present for my kids has been a priority for me this year. Yes, I’m technically at home all day with them, but that doesn’t always equate to being present. I love what I do, but it won’t matter how much money I make, if I can’t even be there for my family. I know that this a fine line for work-at-home moms, but I’ve been making a conscious effort to step away from work without feeling guilty.
But today I want to share how I’m able to do get more done with less time. As moms, we are often juggling many roles, and it’s hard to keep up. I don’t want to get burned out, or even sick, because I’m trying to do it all.
How I’m Doing More In Less Time
I don’t strive for perfection
As a recovering perfectionist, this has been life-changing for me. I tend to be an all in or nothing type of gal, which can add to my stress level. I’ve learned that it’s OK to allow the laundry to wait, if it means more time with my kids. That my house is meant to be lived in, and not a show room. That creating memories in our home is more important than obsessing over a to-do list.
When I create a to-do list, I ensure it’s tasks I can handle. Do I make the mistake of taking on more than I should? Absolutely. But I’ve learned my limitations, and I’m not afraid to step away when I know it’s necessary. Motherhood and marriage is complicated enough, so my household tasks are simple and manageable. I spread them out throughout the week, and I let things go when needed. I’m not afraid to say no to projects if my plate is full, and I can’t give my best.
I welcome help
For many years, I thought I had to do it all. I had set a standard for myself that was not realistic, nor achievable. I found myself overwhelmed, exhausted, and sick. I’m grateful that my husband recongnized this, and forced me to take a step back. He loves to cook, and now handles a lot of the weekly meals, so I don’t have to stress about it. My kids also help out with several household chores, and know that they have to pick up after themselves.
When I started blogging, I spent a great deal of time online. I knew that in order to gain traffic, I had to promote my content, and network with others in the industry. I still believe that this is true, but I also know that spending time online doesn’t guarantee that I’ll be productive. Instead, I prefer to schedule blocks of time for work, and I’ve also limited my time on social media greatly. Now, I’m able to get more done, and I’m also spending way less time in front of a screen.
Do you have any productivity tips? I’d love to hear from you!