I don’t know how you do it all.
People say this to me, from time to time. And they’re referring to the fact that, admittedly, I have a fair few things on the go. But I’m not alone in this–MANY moms have multiple roles, multiple responsibilities.
Truth be told, sometimes I’m not exactly sure how I do manage it. Also, sometimes I *don’t* manage it, and then the meltdown begins. When I go off the deep end. (We all go off the deep end occasionally, though, don’t we? Let’s hope there’s enough room there, in the deep end.)
For moms chasing dreams, time management is an absolute necessity. It will be impossible to self-actualize when you can’t get yourself out of the laundry room, for example.
So here’s my best approximation of how I do it all: I don’t do it all. I prioritize. And there’s a whole lot of stuff that does not come high on my priority list. Housework, for one. But that’s a personal choice.
Also, although I love to cook, I really don’t have time to make elaborate meals these days. I know that day will come back to me, down the road, but that day is not today. And I’m okay with that.
There are two books I recommend, if you’re really serious about taking control of your time.
Getting Things Done, by David Allen. This book was recommended to me a while ago by a physician friend of mine, who is also a dad, an entrepreneur, and oh yeah, runs triathlons too. He gets a lot of shit done. He credits this book. And after reading it, I do too, now. David Allen lays out a whole system of staying organized that absolutely helps me stay on top of everything.
Next up: 168 Hours, by Laura Vanderkam.
Laura is a mom, a writer, and a high-achiever; she has some truly genius ideas on how to squeeze the most of the 168 hours we ALL have available to us every week. I reviewed this book on my healthy living blog a while ago, because it made such a quantum change in my life.
One of the most empowering sentences, for me, came out of 168 Hours. How many of us run around all frazzled and flustered and constantly find ourselves repeating the phrase “I’m so busy, I don’t have time for that.” The thing is, what you really mean to say is: “That’s not a priority”.
And that’s okay! If you can accept that, you have taken the first step to consciously managing your time. Then, you can intentionally choose your priorities, and move forward without guilt and without overwhelm.
So how about you? Do you have a time-management strategy? Time-management gurus? I’m always looking for new ideas.
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