Sometimes we long for an adventurous life. We want to throw caution to the wind and go with the flow. And in some occasions that may be a good thing, but for the most part, routines and habits can be a good thing. Having the important daily things on autopilot, if you will, gives you more time and more brain power for doing all those other exciting things, even if it is just playing Legos with your kids or taking a walk in the park.
10 things you should do every day*
1. Drink enough water. And be sure [...]
Many of us work in an endless stream of tasks, browser tasks, social media, emails, meetings, rushing from one thing to another, never pausing and never ending.
Then the day is over, and we are exhausted, and we often have very little to show for it. And we start the next day, ready for a mindless stream of tasks and distractions.
I am a fan of going against the stream of what most people do, and taking a step back. Is it really worth it? Is this the best way? Are we losing our lives to busy-ness and distraction?
Productive – Having the power of producing; generative; creative
To produce –
1. to bring into existence; give rise to; cause.
2. to bring into existence by intellectual or creative ability.
3. to make or manufacture.
4. to provide, furnish, or supply; yield.
It seems that the process of being productive would require hard work or creativity, at the very least. The problem is, our lives today are so filled with a lot of mundane tasks that the creative, hard work sometimes gets pushed to the side.
One way to make room for the productive opportunities is to create effective routines for the things that we [...]
Holes in my brain
I am convinced that extreme stress has a swiss cheese effect on the brain. I do believe that there are holes in my brain that cause me all kinds of trouble.*
You see, I am like most other women, especially the type-A women out there. I knew “everything”. I kept up with where everyone’s shoes were, whether Sherri needed her uniform for a game tomorrow, that the dog needed to go to the vet, that we needed milk and toilet paper, that the car needed gas and the right front tire was running [...]
As a mom of grown kids, how I wish I had had blogs to read when I was a mom of 4 little ones at home! I have found quite a few that I love to read, even though my kids are now grown. I hope that they will be an encouragement to you too!
10 blogs for busy moms
Simple Mom, which includes Simple Homemade, Simple Bites, Simple Homeschooling, and Simple Kids
Life Your Way, which has over 10 channels from motherhood to finances to organization
(in) Courage A great encouraging site for Christian women
Inspired to Action Encouraging [...]
Ever had a day when you get to the end of it and think ” Where did the day go? I didn’t get ANYTHING done!”
If you are like me, that is at LEAST every other day!
If you would like to figure out a way to keep this from happening as often, read on below.
Determine your MITs
I came across a concept that I have seen several people use, such as Tsh Oxenrider from Simple Mom and Leo Babauta from Zen Habits. The idea of determining your 3 most important tasks that need to get done that day [...]
I mentioned in an earlier post about creating Standard Operating Procedures for your home (SOPs). These are very commonly used in business and the concept can transfer over to running your home as well. It helps you and everyone else know what the routine and expectations are in your home, which should in turn help your house run smoother (most of the time anyway!)
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Learn to delegate
One major cause of stress for moms is the fact that we TRY to do everything ourselves. We usually would like for others to help us, but we [...]