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Multi-tasking MamaMarch 26, 2012
I think as a mom we all feel like it's the hardest job in the world. I know I feel blessed to have three wonderful little beings but it's a very challenging job. Having three kids, I find I do a lot of running around, organizing, cleaning and multi-tasking. I actually amaze myself sometimes at what I can accomplish in a day. I guess that's where the old saying comes into play "A mother's job is never done."
My biggest challenge is trying to find balance amongst all the chaos in my household. I know the idea of a calm, organized house seems like something you only see in your dreams. I've decided to take some steps in order to make my dream a reality! Here are a list of things I think will help me stay organized and I hope it helps you too!
1. Get up Before Everyone Else!
I think it's so important to take some time out for yourself in the morning. Make a cup of coffee, start a load of laundry, take a shower and get a head start on the day. Even if it's just 15 minutes, I truly believe it makes all the difference in the world!
2. Make Plan Ahead Meals
I try to make snacks and lunch the night before for school that way I can pop them into their backpacks in the morning. I find it's so much easier. I am also trying to get in the habit of planning out dinner meals for the week so I don't have to stress what to make for dinner. I'm a big fan of crock pot meals and I like to make a lot of those especially in the winter. I find the most stressful times in my house are around dinner time. If I can coordinate meals ahead of time, it seems to flow much easier.
3. Keep a Monthly Calendar on Hand
Life can get hectic with all the appointments, notes and activities and if I don't have a calendar, I'm lost. I keep a monthly calendar with me at all times just so I can keep track of everything. I also track appointments on my cell phone and send myself a reminder 1-2 days before. This is also great for birthday reminders too.
4. Set Time for Yourself
I think it's so important to give yourself a little break too. Even if it's an hour away to clear your head and refresh. A great way to clear your head is to work out. Set up time to go to the gym or take a walk. If you can't get someone to help, take your kids for a walk or sign up at a gym with a daycare built-in.
As a mother we feel like we have to "do it all." In other words, we sometimes feel like it's our responsibility to keep the peace and keep things running smoothly. I really think it's a great idea to delegate some of the responsibility. I really like the idea of chore charts. It's a great incentive for kids and it's a great way for moms to lessen the load. I also like the idea of having one day a week that maybe your spouse/partner makes dinner. I've been trying to encourage my kids to bring their dishes to the sink after meals. This is something you could also incorporate in their reward charts.
There you have five steps to becoming a multi-tasking mama! I hope this helps! How do you multi-task?