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 family has been my main priority this year. Yes, I’m technically home all day, 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’m not available for my family. I know this a challenge many moms face today, and being a work-at-home mom simply adds another layer to this. I’ve had to make a conscious effort to step away from work or turn down opportunities that don’t align with my priorities.
Today I want to share how I’m able to do get more done with less time. My method is not perfect, but I have found my sweet spot which enables me to manage my time better. My goal is to help you find a happy balance so you can do the things you enjoy without getting burned out from 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 showroom. 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 they are 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 are 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 recognized 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 so that I’m more productive. 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!