Thursday, August 31, 2017

Multitasking Momma - Helpful Tips!!

Multitasking at its finest!

Women are famously good at multitasking. A combination of demanding children, a full-time job, creating a business, and a house to run means many females have turned into so-called superwomen capable of performing endless combinations of tasks and chores at once, all day long, a new study has revealed.

Some days I eat a late lunch, I struggle to keep hydrated, though in working the 9-5, getting my sons school & sports schedule ready, building my business, speaking and helping some amazing women who are interested in starting their own health & fitness journeys, carving out time for myself and I become a HOT MESS!!

For the busy, multitasking mom there never seems to be enough hours in a day!! As a single mom I know this from experience.

Here Are a Few Helpful Tips:

To-Do List: Keeping a To-Do list seems basic, but surprisingly many moms fail to take time to write things down. If you find yourself forgetting something important, or even just milk at the grocery store, you are a good contender for a To-Do list. It’s easy and worth the effort. List everything you have to do for the day, and then for the week. Prioritize your list of tasks in order of importance. When a chore gets done, check it off the list to further the feeling of accomplishment.

Be Organized: Now that you have your To-Do list in place, it is helpful to stay organized. Staying organized is something I struggle with - but I am getting better! Clean up at the end of any kind of household or home office work session. Organize your projects so you are not shuffling around wasting time. Your productivity will increase and stress will lessen when you are organized.

Work Sequentially: Once you start tackling tasks and projects, it is best to work sequentially, in an ordered sequence. Concentrating on one task at a time allows the brain to restart and refocus. 

Work in Small Increments: Use a timer!! Give yourself a time limit to get a certain job/task done. When the timer goes off - move to the next! Have you ever told yourself, “I’ve only got five minutes” and then been stunned at just how much you were able to do in those few minutes?

Self-Discipline: In order for the busy mom to accomplish projects and tasks throughout the day she must cultivate self-discipline. Mommin is hard work!! Self-discipline keeps an active mom on task. Self-discipline is especially a must for the mom who runs a home-based business.

Limit Distractions: Oftentimes multitasking begins with distractions. Distractions may include phone calls, television, the internet, social media, and even spouses, partners and children. These distractions cause our attention to spread and increase inattention to detail. Let everyone know you are in SuperWoman mode and cannot be disturbed until the last timer goes off!

Build Clear Boundaries: It important for the busy mom to build clear boundaries. Do your best to set work hours for chores or your home business and stick with them. It is helpful to surround yourself with people who honor your boundaries and support your dreams.

Make Time for You: Motherhood is a rewarding but an exhausting experience. It is important for a mom to replenish her energy levels. The best way is to create some alone time. Make an effort to give yourself at least one night off per week. Use this time to do something you enjoy. Read a book, rent a movie, go out to dinner with your spouse or friend or simply take a relaxing bath. Developing simple rituals like these can help the tired mom find balance, which will fend off exhaustion and multitasking.

Some days I don't know how everything will get done....but I just do my best, make sure time for me is non negotiable, make sure the boy stays alive, and what chores don't get done - there is always tomorrow!!