Let’s face it…Mom life is insane. I don’t even know why I do it. Oh, wait. Those cute little mini-me's that bring joy and happiness...and mess, disaster, tears, and fighting. But, I remember now, the snuggles, hugs, and laughter out way all that.
Since I’m slightly OCD, I’m obsessed with finding ways to make my crazy mom life less crazy. It’s either that or run far away. Here are some tips I have for you to reel it in and stress less:
🔮 Time block your week.
Highlight (in BOLD) your set-in stone plans, non-negotiables, and meetings. Then pencil in those less important tasks around the pockets of time in between the big, bold items. We all know things shift around throughout the week and we need some flexibility. Having those penciled in times helps you know when you can make a shift without impacting those important BOLD items.
I’m the worst at this because we all know mom does it best. Categorize those tasks by age group. Then divvy them up across your kids, spouse, whomever. Build a weekly chore chart for motivation for the littles. If you can outsource it to someone else, then take advantage of that shit! For instance, find a local catering mom who has a small business catering weekly meals. Choose one night a week to get dinner catered so you don’t have to do the heavy lifting. Don’t take on everything or else you’ll get the dreaded mama burnout. And no one in the house wants that.
If it’s not a dealbreaker task, then let it slide and don’t stress over it. You’ll get around to getting it done.
🔮 Plan your meals.
Not only does this save time throughout the week, but it also helps you stick to a healthier diet. Instead of reaching for some high sodium, prepackaged bag of crap, you’ll reach for your nutritious option. Also, this is a great way to cut down costs. You’ll be less tempted to stop and pick something up, which I hate to break it to you sister, that drivethru junk costs waaaaaay more than whatever you could have prepped at home. To block this during my week, I prep as many meals on Sunday as possible. I make the kids lunches so I can toss them in their lunch box first thing in the mornings. I portion out snacks, and any salad toppings, meat, cheese, etc. for my lunches. If you need help with meal plans ideas, hit me up and I can help you with that by providing meal plan programs, recipes, tips and tricks.
🔮 Set aside mama time.
If mama’s not happy, ain’t nobody happy. So, set some of that time block each week as non-negotiable MAMA time. That’s right, put special mama time IN BOLD on your calendar. Do not let that become one of the penciled in items because, truth be told, you’ll always find something else to take its place. It’s important to get time in to relax, regroup, and do something you enjoy. Go for a walk listening to your favorite podcast. Take a long, hot bath with your fav bevvy and book. Take up meditation and find a quiet corner to sit, breath, and reflect on life. Whatever it is, factor it in AT LEAST once a week. Hell, make it once a day. P.S. No, laundry does not count as alone time. Make it something FUN, relaxing, and rejuvenating!
🔮 Let the little shit go.
This is probably the hardest for me. Choose your battles. Ask yourself, is this really worth the upset? If not, then take a deep breath and walk away from the issue. You’ll feel better about your response later on. Hanging on to little, meaningless things just takes up space in your mind and clutters it from being the most efficient, effective, HAPPY mom possible. So, take a DEEP breath and woosah that ish away.