I used to multi-task at everything and felt very efficient during the process and at the end. After becoming a mom, I thought multi-tasking was the only way I could get more done during my day. Boy was I wrong. Not only did I have more things to do, to think about, and remember, but all of these new things hardly ever related to each other or the existing things I needed to do before I became a mom. This blog post shares what I do instead to get more done.
I used to be a shopaholic and things got a little out of control. While I can’t change the new stores that keep popping up or the awesome sales they may have, I can make changes to my lifestyle. This blog post shares the steps I took to stop wasting time and money on shopping:
Do you scramble to clean the house when someone calls/texts they want to drop by? I used to be the same way. The last couple of years, I learned how to keep a very tidy home without spending hours a day or week keeping it that way. This blog post shares my secrets of how I maintain a tidy home on a regular basis in a non time- consuming way.
My “Sunday basket” started when I bought a beautiful turquoise in basket for my work office but decided it was too pretty to bring to work. I kept it at home and it became a dumping ground for all my papers. Once in a while I would go through it (when it started to overflow from the top) and see what things I needed to file, do something with (read a letter), or re-think at a later date.
Personally, some days I love to go grocery shopping. I would peruse the aisles leisurely and see what deals I find or new products I didn’t know about. During these times, I am also more willing to try new foods and recipes. If the store has other things like clothes or toys, I will be in there even longer. Other days, I JUST NEED TO GET IN AND OUT OF THE GROCERY STORE STAT.
Would you agree that weekends should be for fun and play with our kids and not for chores and errands? I agree 100%
As a working mom, my weekends are the most important days to spend with my daughter. These are the days we are not tied to a routine and can go out to explore and play. The absolute last thing that I would want to do on the weekends is to run errands. Sure, I can run errands with her but it is no fun for anyone and we both prefer to do fun things. Obviously, errands have to be run and I cannot put it all on my spouse. That wouldn’t be fair to him.
Does it spark joy for you? If you haven’t heard if this phrase from Marie Kondo, you might be living under a really big rock, or you don’t have access to Netflix. On the very first day of 2019, Netflix released an original series named Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In this series, families welcome the tidying expert, Marie Kondo, into their homes to declutter and find joy in the possessions they decide to keep.
Recently, I heard a saying that really stuck with me: Don’t live the same year as the last. This really got me thinking about how I can have a better year than the last, do greater things, and achieve more. The only answer I came up with is to plan ahead and set goals.
Believe it or not there are several times of the year when it is the best time to de-clutter and do some deep cleaning at home. Not sure if you believe me? Remember the last time, out of the blue, you started to clean your house?!
Now that I am thinking about it, I might have been a natural minimalist all my life. When I was young, I was always tidy and kept my room straight. Mostly because I wouldn't have to listen to my mom nag me to clean it. When I started working, I didn't buy unnecessary knick knacks because it was a waste of money and I would likely get tired of them.
If you're a mother like I am (3 kids over here!), you're probably tired of the never-ending task of feeding your family. It can be overwhelming to find the time and motivation to plan, organize, shop, prep and clean up food. All around your kid's schedule and demands, and possibly your own long work day and commute.
Everyone gets the same amount of time each day. 24 hours is all you get. However, there are ways to get more done in a day when you learn to use your time wisely. The very first step to using your time wisely is to determine how your time is currently being used and how much time you actually have.
I don't mind being a working mom because I really do enjoy my job and the people I work with. The biggest downfall is being away from my daughter. The second biggest downfall is the lack of time to do everything that needs to be done. I struggled with the latter until I realized if I use my time effectively,
I have always been a huge list writer. I like writing things down so I don't forget and I don't have to keep remembering certain things. There is only so much brain space I have! I can't remember that I need to renew my car registration or my daughter has another birthday party to attend (that I have to buy a present for!)
Yes, I know how it feels when you have a million of things to remember and you lay awake at night thinking about EVERYTHING. Your mind is constantly going and it is so hard to slow it down or even to shut it down.
I found when my mind is cluttered, I am more irritable, harder to focus on the task at hand, dwelling on the wrong things, and generally less happy or likely to smile.
I was never ever a fashionista. Not when I was younger, definitely not now that I am older.
When I was younger, I followed trends or what my friends were wearing. When I started my career, I followed what everyone else was wearing in the office or other professionals working downtown. Now that I am older, has worked professionally for a long time, and become a mom, I think I finally figured out what works for me.
Having a streamlined wardrobe allows me to always have something to wear that looks good, that I feel good in, and can get dressed quickly (because my kid makes me late all the time.)
When I started my wedding business years ago, I quickly learned how much there is to do when you are an entrepreneur on your own. Sure, it is easy to hire help to share the load but when you are just starting out, you want to hold on to every single dollar! The first thing I did was to write down every single task that I needed to do for my business. After that not so easy exercise, I started to create my own systems of being more productive.
The tips I am going to share with you aren't the keys to success but the stepping stones towards building a successful business. Regardless, of the industry you are in, these steps can help you move your business forward rather than standing still or taking steps back.
Quitting your business doesn't mean you have necessarily failed. It could just mean it is no longer a right fit. There is nothing wrong with quitting when it is the right reason and decision for you. Now, the question is when do you quit and when do you push on and hope what you are feeling is just a "phase."
What exactly does it mean to do it all? Does doing it all mean you are the perfect partner/wife/mom/person? Oh please! As moms, we all have a million of things to do in a short amount of time, that should have been done yesterday or last week, but is only being partially done now because we just found the time and the kids are in bed.
It wasn't until I was approached by two people in the same week asking me how to start a blog, that I realized I have been blogging for a really long time and people are starting to see me as a some-what experienced blogger.
In all honestly, I have to thank my friend, Krista for inspiring me and really getting me going. My blog started off as a company blog for my wedding decorating business and I was mostly sharing some of the work I have done for my clients. Super boring read really. I would blog every once in a while with huge breaks in between. (Like months, ekk.) I cringe thinking back now.
"Mindset" seems to be one of those trendy terms everyone throws around when something isn't going their way or change needs to happen. People always talk about changing your mindset to change the outcome or path you are going. I fully agree with this. You can think your way to a different path if you have the right mindset. For an entrepreneur, this is what I think the mindset looks like:
I believe in collaboration over competition, and sharing over keeping things to ourselves. If you have a great products, service, or something that would benefit others, let’s chat and see how we can collaborate!