Guest post from Jenni Mullinix
As homemakers, wives and mothers, we have many tasks (and people) that are vying for our attention.
However, filling our plates too full can lead to burnout, a bad attitude, and feelings of overwhelming discouragement.
Does this sound familiar? I know I can raise my hand in agreement on some days. If this describes you, perhaps you should consider cutting back in a few areas. Here are three easy changes I have found to help me gain more control.
Simplify routines. I am a planner. I enjoy dreaming up grand ideas and creating detailed prints of my cleaning schedule, meal plans, etc. However, my husband wisely and gently admonished me for not following through with some of my extensive plans and routines. His concern wasn’t that the tasks weren’t getting done, but that I wasn’t accomplishing what I planned. He suggested that I try to do less and simplify my routines. I followed his advice and cut a few tasks from my routines. Since then, our home has a much calmer environment because I am not stressed out about getting everything done.
Accept help. Delegation is one of the keys to success in our often hectic lives, especially in a busy household. Unfortunately, as women, we try to do everything ourselves. Or am I the only one? We are not superheroes, nor do people expect us to act like it. It’s ok to need and accept help. Dividing up chores among family members is a great start to making your load lighter. Right now, my husband does his own laundry, fixes dinner when the baby is fussy and helps with various chores on his days off. His assistance has been a huge blessing.
Juggle responsibilities. One of the great lessons I learned from How To Have Your Cake & Eat It Too is that striving for balance is fruitless. No matter how organized we may be, we will never be able to achieve a perfect balance in our lives. The essential solution is to juggle. For example, there are days that I don’t do any major housework so I can write and schedule several blog posts. Or some afternoons I don’t have reading time with my daughter so I accomplish a chore I’ve had on my to-do list for awhile. Allowing myself to toss a few “balls” in the air, helps me focus on the fewer tasks at hand and do them well. The key is to not let the “balls” drop to the floor!
Those are a few techniques that I am striving to use more often. What actions do you take when you feel like you are doing too much? Leave your ideas in a comment below.
Read more on this topic with these posts!
- Homemaker’s Goals for the New Year - December 15, 2014
- Quick & Easy – Christmas Meal Hacks - December 10, 2014
- Tips To A Well Planned Thanksgiving - November 17, 2014
- Simple and Practical Homeschool Routine - August 12, 2014
- Preparing Food for Maternity Leave - July 15, 2014
- Free Kids Chore Checklist - April 8, 2014
- 8 Questions to Ask When De-cluttering - March 25, 2014
- Spring Cleaning Checklists - March 11, 2014
- Confessions of a Homemaking Challenged Homemaker - February 24, 2014
- Overcoming Discouragement With Small Changes - February 11, 2014