You’re not alone if you wonder how to get everything done in today’s fast paced society. Many women say they often feel like a professional juggler and I bet you can relate.
Do you ever feel like you have many balls in the air and it takes everything you have to keep them from falling? One is work, one is your spouse, one for each child, sports, homework, events at school, money issues, exercise, the pets, chores around the house, laundry, running errands, your parents and extended family . . the list goes on and one and leaves you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed all the time.
So why do some women seem like they have it all under control while you feel like a hot mess, all day, every day? Want to know a little secret? Those women are not better moms, wives or women than you; they just have better systems and little life hacks to help them manage the chaos. Keep reading for some practical tips to help you balance everything in your life, feel more in control and get stuff done!
Want to know how to get everything done? Make a list.
I love a good to-do list. There is something so satisfying about crossing off items as you complete them and seeing your list shrink as the day goes on.
Personally, I make a daily list of things that need to be done and include EVERYTHING you can possibly imagine. Feed the dogs? Check! Take a shower? Check! Pick the kids up from school? Check!
As a mom, sometimes you need the little victories, like remembering to switch the laundry, to make you feel like you are winning at life. My husband scoffs and says, “Really? Are you going to forget to take the kids to school? That needs to be on the list?” The answer is no, I wouldn’t forget to take them, but it makes me feel good to cross it off.
You can use paper and pen, type it on your computer or use an app. The point is to find a system that works for you and stick with it. Every morning (or the night before) make your list of every single, possible thing you would like to accomplish that day. Then prioritize it and get going!
Have a central family calendar
I can’t stress this one enough, especially if you have a spouse (or ex-spouse) and children. We use google calendar now, but for years, we had a big wall calendar hanging in the kitchen. Everyone in our house has been trained that you can not commit to any plans until you check the calendar.
Every sports practice, work meeting and appointment is on there, so we can plan our week accordingly. Plus, it helps with making the daily to-do list because so much is already laid out on the calendar.
Utilize your children to get everything done
From a young age, your children can start helping around the house. After all, the goal is to raise self sufficient adults, so why not start teaching them as soon as you can? Even toddlers can help load a dishwasher or sort laundry with you.
When they get a little older, you can even get the kids to help with each other. I pay my oldest eight dollars per hour to help my youngest with his homework after school. It’s much cheaper than a tutor and the youngest likes having his cool, older brother help him instead of his mom.
Enlisting your children to help with age appropriate chores around the house will take a huge burden off your shoulders and teach them valuable life lessons at the same time. Sounds like a win-win situation!
Call on your village for help.
I’m sure you have heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child” and I’m here to tell you that it is one hundred percent true. If you have family living near you, don’t be afraid to ask for help once in a while. If your family is not willing or able to help you, then make some wonderful friends and ask them for help instead.
Everyone needs someone to lean on once in a while. It’s ok to ask for help because one day, YOU will be the one helping out another mom.
Make friends with other parents.
If your kids are on sports teams, start getting to know the other parents. Same goes for the parents of the kids in your children’s classes at school and any other activities they are involved in.
I weep with joy when I have a good car pool in place or can trust another parent enough to watch my kid during a sports practice so I can run a quick errand. Find other good people, help them with their kids and let them help you too.
Don’t waste a second on your quest to get everything done
Think of how much time every day you spend standing in line, driving somewhere or waiting to pick up kids. Now try to imagine what you can do fill that time.
You could listen to motivational audiobooks while you commute back and forth to work. Standing in line or waiting for an appointment is an opportunity to clear out your emails. While you are watching your child at a sports practice you can exercise by walking around the field. Get creative and try to squeeze as much as you can into every day!
Just remember, no one is perfect or has everything together, every second of every day. All moms have good days and bad days, but if you follow these tips, you might be able to juggle it all a little easier and figure out exactly how to get everything done.
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