Every South Florida Mom I talk to seems completely overwhelmed right now. Moms try to do it all! Help with homework! Go to their son’s baseball game! Drop-off their daughters at gymnastics class! Try and make all 3 birthday parties on Saturday and the list goes on and on.
I know because I’m one of those moms. We’ve put events in our calendar months ago not realizing there would be a storybook time at school. That 2nd baby shower invitation you weren’t prepared for shows up in the mail. Your husband texts you that he has to work late the same weekend as your best friend’s annual ugly sweater Christmas party.
How in the world are you handling all of this?
You’re probably not.
That’s why it’s time to STOP THE SCHEDULE MADNESS!
Get The Cozi App
I got sick of my husband asking me what I was up to as I walked into a birthday party, a sporting event or a teacher conference. Let’s face it, most of us are the CEO’s of our families. So, I decided to act like one and organize my family, color code them and remind them to check Cozi if they wanted to know what, where and when. Click here to sign-up.
Just Say No
Don’t say I’ll get back to you!! Look at your calendar and make that quick decision that frees up your time and energy, Start With ” Oh I wish I could” recognizing the event is worthwhile and softens the no. You need to define your limits and set boundaries (just like you would with your kids) around things you hold sacred.
ASK THE WHY
If you’re going to add something to your schedule, make sure you “ask the why”.
Will your kids really hate you if you don’t volunteer for that field trip? Do you need to be at your 3rd networking luncheon this week when your to-do list is so long? Can you offer to send in the plates, cups, and napkins for the class party instead of volunteering your entire morning?
Remember, you can do some adulting this week (along with parenting) and make good choices for yourself.
When you make the choice, then be happy with it and move on. Most people don’t want to hear you complain about your overscheduled life. Even I’m guilty of sharing and I’m sorry for that!!!
USE A WHITEBOARD
Three whiteboards are located on the front of my fridge door. There is a day of the week whiteboard which I use as a decider for who gets to sit in what seat at the kitchen table. (Yes! We fight over that.) The other whiteboard is for random thoughts that float in my head while I’m in the kitchen.
WRITE IT DOWN
I realized I can’t just look at my Smartphone calendar to see my entire schedule for the month. A paper calendar works much better for my brain to see the big picture. I ordered my Erin Condren Planner. It’s been a real lifesaver as I ordered the On The Go Life Planner. I ordered a few accessories like the removable To-Do List and markers.
Check out my video below.
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