With all of the moving pieces and one adult juggling every part of it including new school registration and a new car purchase since Big Bertha reached the age where she can’t move like she used to, I had to implement a few best practices I’ve learned over the years to maintain what little sanity I had.
Stop trying to be SuperMom!
This is me talking to myself for a second so feel free to close your ears/eyes. Yes, you are a single mom with two children who rely on you for everything, Kristina, but you have to show them that you’re human…not SuperHuman. What kind of example are you setting for them? You absolutely will not be able to continue to effectively provide for them if you don’t slow down and pace yourself. As much as you’d like to be there for their nonstop chat sessions 24/7, you simply can’t and they have to understand and appreciate that.
Write EVERYTHING down!
I know we’ve talked about this before, but I absolutely have to repeat it. There are tons of ways to accomplish this via electronic and paper methods, but my preference is a combination of both. In addition to a couple of apps on my phone, I rely heavily on my iBloom Life & Business Planner to get everything out of my head and onto paper. Not only do I use it to keep track of my daily to-dos and appointments, but I also keep track of my monthly goals and highlight my successes all in one place. I began to partner with iBloom over the Summer because I truly believe in their vision. If you haven’t done so already, scoot on over to their website to order your planner today. Feel free to check out all of their other resources while you’re there!
Carve out time for YOU!
Here is where I failed and started to feel the effects of it fairly quickly including lack of motivation to work my 9-to-5, lack of patience with my children, and lack of creativity. I couldn’t think of something as simple as what to make for breakfast one day. I found myself staring into the pantry totally confused asking myself what I should do with a box of pancake mix. While the answer is simple and obvious to most, I couldn’t work through it and execute on a decision.
Something as simple as a pedicure or wash-and-set seemed impossible because I was going 90mph for everything and everyone except Kristina. I noticed my hair thinning and my skin looking less-than-stellar. It wasn’t until this past weekend that I got a pedicure and put my hair in the bowl at the local salon for a serious scrubbing. Am I back at 100% yet? Absolutely not, but I am on my way and will depend on my circle of moms to make sure I stay on track and make self-care non-negotiable.
With all of that said, I can’t imagine how I would have been able to pull this move off if I didn’t work from home. Seriously! I ended up taking a total of 2 days off, but that’s it. I was able to be super productive because I didn’t have the added frustration of a commute, sitting in a long meeting in a conference room, or having to pick up and drop off the little one. I know it’s not for everyone, but we should definitely connect if you’ve considered it for one second.
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Until next time, stay productive and carve out time to take care of YOU!