So, it’s true. I am SLOW. I am not talking a little lagging. Picture my internal modem has been unplugged. Ever since I was little, I’d get lost in the shower. It’s been five minutes, I SWEAR. Nope. 45. Picture- the car runs out of gas waiting for me kind of slow. I blame it on undiagnosed ADD. I have zero natural concept of time. I hyperfocus and I flow, but I don’t hear the ticking of the clock. Molasses in January is an understatement.
Still, I’ve learned, trained myself and continue to push the fast forward button on my internal speedometer. Having an exceptionally organized wife helps, too. I’ve learned a lot from her.
More productive than the average Mama Bear? Maybe. I don’t want to compete, but I needed a catchy title. Did it rope you in? Good. Here’s what I mean by productive. In the course of a typical week, I’ve squeezed in 5-7 workouts, written in my book, blogged daily, graded my student’s essays, worked a teacher’s schedule (no- we don’t leave it ALL at in the classroom), tapped into my spiritual practice daily, supported my two children who have sports twice a week and all the other typical kid schedules- and - oh wait- did I take time for my partner (hmm… there’s always room for improvement). AND, I haven’t gone totally insane yet. I’m not saying or claiming it’s all pretty and perfect. I’m also not saying you have to do ALL that. BUT, if you have goals for your health, your personal passions, and anything that you’ve daydreamed about fitting into your day- you might appreciate these 5 tips for busy and slothful moms.
Here are 5 steps for doing more in the same amount of time.
So, here’s the BIG trick. You look for the BLOCKS in your week and in your day that are set aside for YOU! Patty and I have found that we can schedule 2-3 blocks for one another to focus on our dreams during the week. The other person is in charge, the kids are at baseball, or they are told it is “work time” so we keep to this plan. Because we laid the foundation by sharing our family values, our vision and our schedule with the kids at our family meeting, this is achievable.For more on how to make the most of your time blocks and achieve in 12 weeks what takes others a year, I recommend a book that transformed my habits. It’s called, The One Thing by Gary Keller.
Every day, post your affirmation and your first step toward that vision you had for yourself at the top of your squirrel schedule. Where and when will you squeeze in that joyful moment- that work needed to get to that joyful place? If you need to learn a new skill to get to that vision, when can you fit that learning in? Car rides are a favorite time for me to listen to audiobooks and Podcasts. In fact, my PodCast is designed to be the length of the average commute. If you’re never without your children and Frozen II is constantly on repeat in the car, you might need to schedule to wake up thirty minutes earlier or to work while they nap (please don’t feel pressure to do it all if you are a new mom- your goal is to survive and help your child survive the day).
For more information, please feel free to comment. I draw from some amazing authors and thought leaders. I am happy to share what I can!