This article, entitled "Finding Enough Hours In The Day," comes from Melanie Bloom, MomsEveryday blogger from Lincoln, NE.
We've all heard someone say that there are "just not enough hours in the day." I know I hear my mom say it a lot while I was growing up!
I'm finally beginning to fully understand that time can slip by quickly and that it is so very more important to use every moment to the fullest!
My kids are young and I'm growing concerned that I'm putting so many things on my platter that I'm not getting things accomplished and that I'm not fully enjoying every moment of their young lives.
I've started taking a new approach to my tasks and to caring for my children when we're at home together. I hope these ideas help you in enjoying every minute, and using them to the fullest, in the year ahead!
Limit the use of technology. Some of the things that were created to save us time have turned into the things that suck up the most of our time. When everyone is playing the hottest new game on their phones or tablets or DVR'ing the most popular shows, avoid it. If your life is complete without having downloaded the most popular app or starting the series that everyone is talking about, just ignore them and let everyone else waste their time!
Ask for help. It is hard to do. I am very reluctant to ask for help. When I finally do reach out, it makes a big difference. Using the assistance of someone else to pick something up at the store, someone to watch your kids while you go to a store or treat yourself to a pedicure. You'll be surprised how many of your friends and neighbors really want to spend time with you or your kids and relieve anxiety. As parents, we all go through struggles at some point and so it is gratifying to help someone in need.
Don't try to be perfect. I try to overextend myself, get everything done, have dinner ready on the table on time, dishes washed, the whole nine yards. Once I decided that slowing down and letting things go way okay, I liberated myself of that stress. If you want to sit and watch a few minutes of television, read a book with your children or sit in silence, the dishes can wait. They can be washed at another time when you don't feel so rushed. Give yourself that freedom to choose the most important items that need to be tackled. Those items can be on the to-do list or something to help keep you relaxed - all of which are important.
We are all busy with work, family and everything else in between. But we're also all in this together. These are three steps that I've taken to reduce stress, accomplish more and feel relaxed. I hope they help you!