Kate’s Corner: When 24/7 Just Isn’t Enough
Posted November 9, 2009on:
Juggling parenting, a job, running a household and all of your other responsibilities can lead to immense amounts of stress for most parents. Unless you are naturally hyper-organized or have a personal assistant to sweat the small stuff for you, chances are you have days when you wonder how many more balls you can keep in the air.
Here are a few tips that should help you to manage, if not eliminate, some of that life stress you can’t seem to escape:
Downsize: Ask yourself if a task or responsibility is worth the added time pressures. Or, see if you can stay involved in a more manageable way.
Delegate: You will be surprised at how successful and willing many people are to help you. You can also draft those who don’t volunteer.
Delineate: Think your day through, then write down what you need to do, and what you’ll need to have to accomplish your tasks. (If you have ever found yourself in your car or at a store wondering why you are there, this one’s for you!) Cross things off as you go, so you can see how much you’ve accomplished.
Set goals: Set realistic, attainable goals for all aspects of your life. Check on your timing and progress periodically. This really works! Being able to evaluate where you’ve been and where you’re going can help you feel a sense of control over your busy life.
Get it in Writing: Post a calendar, date book or To-Do list that everyone in the family can see – some kind of system to alert you to all appointments and tasks that need to be done. As soon as your kids are able, train them to write their schedules down, too. This eliminates those unpleasant moments of “You’ve got to be kidding … That was today?!”
Above all, do your best. Life can get in the way of the best-laid plans! On the days when you feel like it’s all too much, remember: people don’t always finish what they start, say what they mean or keep appointments – but somehow the world keeps turning. Do the best you can and keep trying to get better. We’ve all been there!
Make Learning Fun!
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director