Business Mum: ‘Find your lifestyle mojo!’
If you are a woman then at this moment in time you are probably completing several chores, working at a job, maybe a project at home, helping out a relative, planning a holiday and attending to children or friends? If this is you, I’m guessing that you probably find it hard to find any time to yourself!
Do you ever feel like you are on a treadmill where one job done results in another cropping up to fill the space, work seems to demand the lion’s share of your energy and the ironing pile never gets to the bottom! If you ever find yourself saying “There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” then busy girl, this column is for you!
On a good day, you just get on with it – doing what needs to be done each day and if there is any time left at the end, you collapse into bed with the idea of reading your book, only to fall asleep before you’ve opened a page. On a bad day, you can feel like a pack horse – if you do a daily school run, this is an apt description when the kids fling their coats, book bags, lunch boxes and water bottles at you. I’ve started carrying round an extra large ‘Bag for Life’ so I have somewhere to stash it all! But when you are feeling overwhelmed with daily life, it’s easy to lose your mojo and with it, some of that sparkle that makes you – YOU.
So next time you are seriously considering screaming the ‘F’ word, scooping up every last bit of clutter from your home and throwing it in a skip, or God forbid – having your hair cut into a ‘more manageable’ (read: sensible) style to make things a bit easier, take a time out, grab a cup of tea (or an ‘iced’ one from Long Island!) and read these tips to rediscover your inner mojo!
The first step to immediately getting rid of the overwhelm is to re-frame your thinking. You are not a dogsbody or just there to do everyone else’s bidding, you are a world class expert in the demands of your life and how to get it done. In fact, you are a ‘Jugglista’ – a woman who juggles like it is going out of fashion!
Get some ‘me’ time
The next way to find your mojo is to think of an activity that you used to love but have not had any time for recently. Did you love horse riding? Curling up with a good book and a box of chocolates? Or maybe you used to go through your wardrobe and customise your clothes to freshen up your stuff? Whatever activity you used to lose yourself in needs to be resurrected, and you need to make time for it. If you allow life to take over, it will and as you know, nature abhors a vacuum. If there is space, something will come along and fill it, so make sure you fill your space with ‘Priority You’ activities, then you can genuinely turn down any requests you don’t want to do by saying “Sorry, I already have plans”.
Little Miss Multi-Tasker!
The most efficient use of your time would be to always aim for the win-win. This is where the activities that you do, have a ‘double win’ effect of satisfying two areas of your life. It’s like killing two birds with one stone, to quote a popular phrase! So you could literally ‘run’ on the school run – get the kids onto scooters and you in your trainers and jog to school, which fulfils the objective to drop the kids off but also gets in some exercise for you too! Or whilst you are online surfing or doing some work, take the chance to order your groceries for the week so you save yourself a trip to a busy supermarket. Think about what you can do that serves you twice, to save energy on the necessary tasks, giving you more energy for the fun stuff!
Do you have any great ways to get two things done at once? Drop me a comment below and let’s all benefit from the crowd sourced knowledge! See you in a fortnight!
About the author
Nadine Hill is a busy working mum (is there any other kind?!) who has a fascination with time management which borders on the obsessive! She loves to find more effective ways of doing the daily juggle whilst enjoying the journey, and has lots of practise through raising her two children, growing her small business, being a best-selling author, running her home, public speaking and inspiring others as an Enterprise UK Ambassador. Nadine’s ambition is to help busy mums claw back a bit of ‘me time’, by sharing tips with at home in her fortnightly columns, her own life stories on her blog Time Management Mum, and micro-blogging on Twitter. You can learn more about Nadine at www.NadineHill.com.