I have always been a list maker and an organizer but one of things I have to do now is to Prioritize, that way I can be more productive. So I have made a list to share with all of you..
1. PUT YOU FIRST
One of the first things you as a Yummy Mummy need to do is to put your self first. A happy mummy is a happy baby. Go out for a walk, meet your girlfriends for a coffee on the weekends, take up a weekly yoga class. Its OK to not be with your child every waking minute of the day. You will come back feeling refreshed and be able to spend quality time happily playing with your child.
2. CHECK YOUR EMAILS/FACEBOOK LESS
Whether it is your work email or personal email, set a limit on how and when you are going to check it. So often by taking the time to check email, the distractions that are seemingly everywhere on the web can draw you in and before you know it, an hour has flown by.
3. TAKE A DIARY DAY PLANNER WITH YOU IN YOUR BAG
That way you can put things in as the come up , so your not waking up on a Tuesday thinking "I know I had something to do today.
4. PLAN YOUR MEALS WEEKLY
I find if I plan all my meals the following week, I am more productive in the super market, I spend less money and less time each day stressing about what to cook.
5.TIDY AS YOU GO.
They say little and often is the best way to diet its also the best way when it comes to the house hold chores. Tidy as you go , Pick up the kids toys when the kids go to bed at night. Clean the shower when your in the shower. ( Yes I do this after i have showered, I spray the glass daily with an eco friendly spray. That way it never builds up and I have to spend 2o mins scrubbing off soap scrum)
6.HAVE WEEKLY MEETINGS WITH YOUR PARTNER
We have just started doing this recently and it really helps. Allocate a night during the week ( we do Mondays) where you sit down and go through both of your weeks events, where you go through finances , children, work and anything else that is on your mind or troubling you. That way you are keeping lines of communication open. If anything pops up during the week that you are unhappy with, jot it down and bring it up at the weekly meetings. So nothing gets built up for weeks and you end up in a huge row.
7 HAVE A ROUTINE FOR THE CHILDREN
I have always been a free spirit do what you want when you want kinda gal, but when you have Children you just cant be that way anymore. Children like routine ,they get up at the same time each day, eat and nap at the same time and go to bed at the same time every day. It means they know what's coming next and gives them a sense of security.
Heres a contradiction to number 7 ;-) Just at children need routine, we also need to be flexible. if your child doesn't go to bed exactly at 7pm on the button on night, its not the end of the world. Be flexible when unexpected events, expectations and obstacles jump in your way. Life gets in the way sometimes and we just need to go with it. No used fighting. Besides sometimes something better comes along.
These are just a few of the things that I find really help me with my work/life balance.
Hope it helps you too