Let’s talk about SCHEDULES! Whether you’re a brand new mum or a mother to four grown children, formulating an effective schedule and navigating it day-to-day can be difficult (especially right now).
Each season of life brings unexpected changes, new routines that need to be established, and a demand for resilience. You’re not alone in this! I don’t know about you, but I find comfort in hearing from other women who experience similar challenges. One of the things that I’ve learned from other mums over the last few years is that finding ways to SIMPLIFY my schedule can help me and my family adapt to these transitions.
Here are some quick tips for simplifying your schedules and routines.
Prioritize the items on your to-do list
I’m sure there are a million things that you need and could and want to get done. But which of those things are truly important? What things matter to you the most? What things do you value as a mum? A wife? A business owner? A friend?
These are helpful questions to ask when prioritizing the items on your to-do list. You don’t need to (and probably can’t) do EVERYTHING. You’ll feel more accomplished when you focus on the tasks that are most important to you and your family--and will likely actually end up accomplishing more in the long run.
Experiment with different routines and schedules
It’s unlikely that the first set of routines you try will be what’s best for you and your family. Don’t be afraid to experiment! There are countless ways to set up your daily, weekly, and monthly schedules, and everyone does things a little bit differently.
As you experiment, keep note of what works and what doesn’t work. Bring your partner into the conversation and ask them what they think. And don’t forget to share your experiences with others! There are often details we don’t notice until we talk about them with people who know us and our specific situations.
Ask for help
Never shy away from asking for help. Asking others for assistance is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of responsibility and wisdom!
Think about areas of your schedule where it would be helpful to have an extra set of hands. Are there times when it would be helpful to ask a friend or family member to look after your kids so that you can get some work done and/or have some quality “me time”? Would it be helpful to offload tasks on your to-do list to others? As your kids get older, are there chores around the house that they can take on for you?
Give yourself grace
It’s okay if you don’t get this perfect right from the get go and if you experience some bumps along the way! Have patience with yourself and with your family as you try out new things. Always remember to show yourself compassion!
Life is full of twists and turns that will likely impact your schedule in some way, but having a few tactics nailed down for simplifying your schedule when these things come about will help you adapt and relieve some of the stress that comes with change.