Set PrioritiesAh-ha! That thing called priorities you say? Like when your kid is sick and you have a deadline; I would guess that your sick kid would trump the deadline. I'm here to let you know that that's OK to be human and have responsibility. If you are trying to reach your full potential, the only way this will work is if you take care of yourself first. YOU should be at the top of your priority list because without you there is nothing. Identify what's urgent vs. what's important, but remember to be flexible so this isn't stressful to you. Look at realistic timelines, and set goals so you can see the amount of work you put into your life as time goes by. This isn't a race, you are in your own lane.
Ask for Help
I'm letting you know that it's OK to call on your village to help you get through a rough patch. I used to hate to have to ask for help, and if you guessed that I was led to burnout, then you guessed correctly. Don't be like me, learn from my mistake. Learn from the millions of other women that strive to do it all and turn out too exhausted to be happy. We are warriors, and I believe that we CAN do it all. We just can't do it all at the same time. Maintain your lines of communication with your village, and let them know what's going on. Don't skip over those self-care days either.
Let Go of Mom-Guilt
(Seriously might be the next blog post that we do with the amount of this blasphemy going on) I never realized how we ended up with such a negative stigma for a mother just trying to achieve more. Everyone has a different reality, and you can't compete with someone else's. So while Susan baked cookies for the bake sale, I have to get store-bought ones. I'm currently working a 9-5, in school part-time, and building an empire, if Susan has time to bake, let her! Our two realities are different so what we offer is different.
Follow a Schedule
There are tons of scheduling apps, dry-erase boards, or good old fashion journals. Let's pick your poison! Scheduling apps are great to have access to all the time. In my family, we love the app Cozi because everything is color-coded by the author who created the event. Dry-erase boards are extremely cost-efficient, and you can just make your own calendar each month and cross things out as you go. My all-time favorite would have to be good old fashion journals. I like to write things down because it helps me remember it. I'm also the person who opts to read real books instead of reading on electronics though. Let us know some of your favorite time-saving hacks, or how you stay organized in your busy weeks!
Until Next Time,
Ashley x Shana