A few weeks ago I posted a video in which I suggested spending at least thirty minutes a day focusing on yourself. I think women, especially mothers, tend to forget that they too need to support numero uno. But there is always a time issue. How can you spend time working on your goals when you barely have time to shower? So I created another video explaining five different ways I carve out time in my day so I can spend it doing things I love to do.
5 Ways For Moms To Find Time For Themselves:
Tip 1: Delegate
We all know you have a to-do list a mile long. But do you really have to be the one to do all of those chores? Why not delegate some of your items to your husband or kids? I know the kids wont get the job done as well as you would do it, but I think it is more important to have some time to focus on your dreams then get everything done perfectly. Don’t you?
Tip 2: Let things go
The adage is “a woman’s work is never done” and I happen to agree. There are always going to be dirty dishes and piles of laundry. You should learn to ignore those things in order to concentrate on your passions. That isn’t to say you should neglect your family, but pushing off your duties for thirty minutes isn’t going to hurt.
Tip 3: Get rid of your kids!
When my kids were young I was in a playgroup where a few moms got together and then half the moms watched all the babies while the other moms had free time. The following week we switched. This gave us some precious free time without kids to get things done. Now that my kids are older I find joining carpools accomplishes the same thing.
Tip 4: Nap/homework time is your time
I always held nap time as sacred in my house. When the babies were asleep was the only time I could get some peace and quiet. When they were infants I slept. Then I used that time to blog. Now my kids are old enough to not need naps anymore, so I have switched it to homework time. When my sons do their homework I use that time to work on a book I am writing.
Tip 5: Put the kids to bed early
I am a big believer in putting the kids to bed early. Once they are asleep I feel like I can finally relax that part of my “mommy” brain and really concentrate on other things. If you have older kids, have them read quietly in their rooms before they turn out the light.
So do you have any creative ideas on carving time out of your day? Let me know in the comments.