All moms are heroes! Whether you are a stay at home mom, single mom or working mom – you are the Queens of multi-tasking and I send you all my love and respect!
As a working mom – my go to analogy was that I always felt like I was running. Running to get to the kids ready, to workout, to get the kids in the car (I mean, seriously, we do this EVERY day), to get to work, get to a meeting, pick up the kids, make dinner and the list can go on and on.
I felt overwhelmed.
As I have journeyed into more self-love, I’ve noticed these life hacks are changes I’ve made along the way that have made a HUGE impact on my ability to be a better mom, wife, business owner, supervisor and friend. Plus, who doesn’t love some ANSWERS on how to be less overwhelmed.
1. For the love of all that is holy, buy…
An Instant pot AND an air fryer!
AND THEN USE IT!!!!!! Seriously, use it! I know it can seem overwhelming, but it isn’t I promise!
These are great ways to eat healthy and make things quickly! If you forget to thaw your fish or meat – no worries – the Instant Pot will still cook it perfectly.
All the best recipes are on Pinterest! You can take out the guess work by following the instructions and reduce feeling nervous about using it! Click HERE for my favorite Pinterest recipes.
This is my favorite one, because it’s an 8 Quart and has plenty of room for roasts or lots of chicken for parties!The air fryer is also a GAME CHANGER! How many times do we have to wait to pre-heat the oven! UGH! The air fryer can make fries, small pizzas and pretty much anything frozen that needs to be baked in less than half the time! Air Fryers can be expensive, but here is a great one that is relatively inexpensive.
2. Stop Cleaning Your House…
Ok, before you freak out, give me a chance.
Stop planning your day around cleaning.
I promise you, it will all get done.
That doesn’t mean to stay up til midnight cleaning.
When we plan our day around cleaning, or every break we have, around cleaning – this leads to overwhelm. I swear there is always something left to be cleaned or organized. No matter how much you do, there will be more.
Pick the few important things and give yourself four, 15 minute blocks throughout the day. Empty the dishwasher and throw in new dishes. Throw in a load of laundry. Maybe, wipe down the counters.
Last week I decided to not “clean” the house the whole week. I got so much more accomplished at work AND I gave myself permission to not worry about it. I added dishes to the dishwasher. But at the end of the day, my husband and I did the things that needed to be done in less than an hour – total – together. Sometimes I would get a ‘high’ from accomplishing housework yet feel like I didn’t do the things that were truly important that day – like work on my business or prepare for a meeting. Putting YOU and your values above housework is a “HACK” you must try.
“Mama, your house will never be perfectly clean – so stop living your life like it should.”
3. Planning for the week – Brain Dump, Then Create Categories
The #1 thing I hate about to-do lists is that they never end. Am I right?
This hack is actually freeing and FUN!
Grab a notebook on a Sunday and brain dump – while you create categories. As you’re dumping, keep creating categories. Things don’t just come out of your brain in a perfectly listed to-do list and you may be inefficient if you aren’t trying this strategy.
On a Sunday I listed everything, from working on my podcast and listing items underneath that needed to be done to printing Stella’s birthday invitations (Thank you ETSY!). As I was dumping, more thoughts of various things came to mind – so I wrote down a category and free flowed things under that category. This is real life! Your mind just flows!
Then I look at all the categories and see what can be combined. Errands, for example, can be grouped in a smart way – like on the same side of town or same day.
My social media content can be grouped in like categories so that I spend LESS time duplicating my efforts.
This allows you to be more efficient and that creates LESS stress! Can I get an Amen!
Next – I list the items by day. TA-DA! An efficient list!
4. Find your ONE thing.
This one is so easy, yet so underrated. Find your “one” thing that makes you feel more prepared or less stressed. For me, it’s the kids lunches and laying out outfits for the next day. If I do that – which really only takes 10 minutes – I feel so prepared for them to come home and for the next day. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because I love being prepared and also less stressed in the mornings. Find your one thing!
5. Create a morning routine that is NOT stressful.
Being prepared for the next day is crucial! We lay out clothes, prepare lunches and have every single thing ready. I HATE being rushed or worried that I need to go back to daycare because I forgot shoes for the twins!
My husband and I also wake up BEFORE the kids. We shower, workout and get breakfast almost finished before we go in to help them get ready for the day.
We’ve made this a priority for our kids too. They help make lunches so they learn the skill of being prepared.
We have our kid to out the door time down to about 30 minutes!
It feels so good to not forget anything and to be less stressed running around trying to prepare.
6. Don’t go to the grocery store on the weekend.
I recently popped in to the Publix next to my daughters school at 8 AM after drop off! It was so quiet. It was fully stocked. I was able to get everything I needed in warp speed! But it felt relaxing.
Go on Pinterest and find your fave instant pot meals or create a shopping list.
Then go on a WEEK DAY! I was spending so much time trying to carve out time to make a shopping list, find time to go to the store while the twins were taking a nap (ugh – my down time) and then hurry to get it knocked out and put away.
Going during the week JUST FEELS different. There’s no rush. It takes less time and just the mindset that you aren’t in a hurry makes the whole process feel way easier!
Plus – never take your kids with you! LOL
I hope these tips help!