One, Two, Three... Free
Over the last couple of years I have been trying to find the secrete to having balance between being a mom, a business owner, a wife, keeping up with the house, having a fellowship with Jesus, maintaining friendships, staying in touch with family.... and the list goes on. I feel like I have finally reached a point where I am going to get as balanced as I can get. Part of getting to this point was learning how to LET GO of some things in my life that really were just taking up time and letting go of complete control of things, for example; how my home looks.
We are currently in the middle of summer and last year I remember almost feeling panicked everyday wondering how I was going to juggle everything while the kids aren't in school. Well, this year I can confidently say that I don't feel that anxiety anymore. What did I do to change this? It was simple, I just started freeing myself by following the 3 tasks a day plan that I've heard before but never thought It was for me. My list of to do's can go as long as 50 things a day if i really sat down and wrote everything down. However; when i used to write it all down I would feel so overwhelmed that I was lucky to get anything done. I felt like I was drowning and there was no time for the kids, my husband or anything extra curricular. Now, I sit down with my coffee every morning and get out my planner and computer to go over the things I need to do. I pick the 3 most important things that need to be done each day. Yes just 3. I know your probably thinking what I was .... "only 3 things? But, how will I get through my list of 50 if Im only doing 3 things a day?" Well, since I only have to think about 3 things for the day I have suddenly freed myself of anxiety. I now can spread these 3 things throughout the day and have more time to run outside with the kids, pick up a book or my bible, watch a movie with my husband after dinner, do a project that i've been wanting to do for a few years, etc. These 3 things don't include the simple everyday tasks like cooking, laundry, cleaning up after myself and the kids, and going to the grocery store. So my days are still pretty full. I just don't have the huge elephant on my back anymore and that feeling like there is no way I am going to get through the day and get it all done.
My list of 3 things to do today are
1. Write a Blog post
2. Take my car in for service ( walk to Target while waiting)
3. Unload trailer from this weekends weddings
It is 10:00 am and Im almost done writing my blog post, at 12:00pm I will take my car in for service and me and the kids get exercise in while walking to target to get some toiletries we need, around 3:00pm I will go unload my trailer with the kids, they love to help mom, and be done by 4:00pm. It will be 4:30pm by the time we get home and I will have time to cook, do a load of laundry and get ready to go to a class with other moms of the church. Do I have so many other things to accomplish? Yes. But, they will get done eventually. As long as I prioritize my tasks in a smart way I will not let anyone or myself down.
Oh my gosh you guys. Yesterday I had free up so much time that I was able to complete a project that has been on my mind for 2 years! I created an outdoor lounge on our balcony. I started it yesterday and finished it yesterday. I even had time to hang out in it with the kiddos and read to them outside while dinner was in the oven. I post about this whole project soon and maybe it can inspire you to get a fun project done.
Since I've started this plan I have not only been more enjoyable to be around I'm sure, but I have been getting through my master list of things to do a whole lot quicker.
Have a fabulous day! If you try this out let me know how it goes. I would love to hear your feedback.