I don't know about you, but as a mom sometimes I feel pulled in so many different directions that I can never really do anything really well. Or finish any tasks I have started. When I was a new mom and I only had one baby who slept all the time, I would start a project and most of the time I would finish it. As my family has grown and I have gotten busier and busier I have had less and less time.
Recently, I would just get so down on myself because I just couldn't get it all done. So because of that I found myself, not even trying to start ANYTHING. My house was a mess, I was behind on my work, my kids felt neglected. As a mom and a wife and a CEO that is no a very good way to feel.
Well, one night I was feeling particularly low, and Jenn came over to talk about inventory for the business. I explained to her my frustrations. And she had the best advice ever! I knew in my head that I just needed to do things little by little and eventually everything would get done. But my motivation just wasn't there. My hubby told me this ALL THE TIME. And I would try and do well for a day, maybe two but I would always become overwhelmed again. I just hated not being able to be SUPER MOM/WIFE. You know?
Well then, Jenn told me. "Why don't you set a timer? And when the timer goes off, no matter where you are in a project or a chore or whatever, you stop. That way you can do things piece by piece and not feel so overwhelmed."
For example, I set a timer for 30 minutes. And for those 30 minutes I am only allowed to clean my house. I don't put any rules as to what I can or cannot clean. But I just know that at the end of the those 30 minutes I get to stop cleaning, whether I am done or not. It is amazing how much you can get done in such a short amount of time. Even 15 minutes is amazing. Especially when I am trying to beat the clock. Another project I set the timer for is for sewing. This has been so helpful because with sewing I am never really done. So it would be dragged out to the point where I would get so burnt out it wasn't fun any more because I would try and get a project completely done before I stopped. But as a mom, you can't do that. There are other priorities that come first. So as I do a little at a time I feel like a I have accomplished things at the end of the day, and I have done all I can. And whatever I didn't get done that day I will work on tomorrow!
There is a book that I have been wanting to read: It's called, The Book of Doing by Allison Arden. Every day activities to unlock your creativity and joy. She talks about just doing things a little at a time and enjoying everything while you are doing it. I think this makes your life so much richer and fuller when you are fully engaged in something for a short amount of time verses half engaged in everything all the time. It can be exhausting! There is a quote that I found and I can't remember the author but it says:
"Be where you're at, when you're there."
How much happier would your life be if you were fully engaged in whatever you were doing, while you were doing it. And as a mom that is hard to do, but the more we try, the happier we will become.
So I am off to go set my timer! Here is to another productive day!