As a wife and mother of three, I often find myself overwhelmed with everything I have to get done. What’s even more frustrating is trying to find time to fit in exercise and make healthy meals.
I have yet to find a nice balance between everything, and I don’t have any magic tricks to make things easier, but what I do have are some strategies that help me and I hope they can help you too.
Make out a to-do list and prioritize it. Each day or week sit down and make a list of things that need to be accomplished. Include time for exercise and meal preparation. Make yourself a priority!
Be specific with your to-do list. Plan out what day/time you plan to do something. For instance if your plan is to run on the treadmill for 30 minutes but you’re at work from 6am-6pm and after work you have family activities, then you may need to set your alarm to do it before work, or stay up late in order to get it done.
Set realistic SMART goals. Your day may not realistically allow you to exercise for an hour straight. Guess what… that’s okay! Perhaps you can find 15 minutes here and there throughout the day that you can move around and do some planned purposeful activity.
Group tasks together when you can. For example, I live about 30 minutes from my kid’s school. When I get off work instead of going straight home only to turn around and drive back to pick up my kids after practice, I pack my workout clothes and head to straight to the school. This gives me an hour to exercise by walking/jogging around the school. Yes somedays the weather is bad, but I pack accordingly and try to stay flexible.
Try and avoid distractions. I could talk for hours, so if someone starts up a conversation while I’m trying to work I get backed up and things don’t get done. So if there is a project that I need to focus on I tell everyone to kindly not talk to me while I’m working.
Delegate when you can. I have a hard time letting go of certain tasks such as cleaning the kitchen and doing laundry. There is just something in my brain that says “it won’t be right unless you do it”. I have had to learn it’s okay if something is done a little different. It doesn’t have to be “perfect”!
If you have any tips for multitasking let me know. I’m always looking for new ideas!