Finding balance in life increases productivity and happiness in everyday life. I've been craving a little more balance in my life... As a busy work at home mom to three kiddos, life can get a little crazy. It can be hard to make sure that my time doesn't get sucked up by the hundreds of small things each day, instead of doing those really important things to help me and my family be successful. This year my biggest goal is to refocus my life and find some balance.
So far, I feel like I've made some really great changes and I love the feeling of having accomplished the most important things. Here are a few tips that I've found to be useful when it comes to finding balance every day.
Tip #1: Prioritize! I am a list maker. It really helps me keep on top of everything. I've found that if I spend a little time each night figuring out what the priorities are for the next day, I am better able to manage the many tasks and stresses of the day. I always try to write the most important things first, that way I will get those ones knocked out early in the day.
Tip #2: Schedule in down time. Yeah, that's right. If I don't schedule in any down time for myself, then I will most likely never take a few moments to unwind or destress. I've found a few things that I love to do and schedule that in a couple times a week. It could be reading in the evenings, taking a walk with the family, snapping some pictures, crafting, binge-watching my favorite show, etc. This is definitely something that has helped me feel a little more balanced this year.
Tip #3: Take care of yourself. The biggest thing that I've noticed over the years is that when things get crazy, the first person to get neglected is myself! This year, I've tried to take a few minutes to freshen up in the morning and feel like a human being. I'm also working hard to make my health a priority!! When I'm juggling so many different things and always on the go, I try to make sure I always have a filled water bottle and a couple good snacks up my sleeve - or in my purse. I'm a huge fan of energy bars!! They are super convenient for when you're on-the-go!
Bonus Tip: Treat yourself! An evening bubble bath is one of my favorite ways to reward myself after a hard day's work. Lately, grabbing a fresh bouquet of flowers also does the trick... online shopping (who doesn't love getting goodies in the mail?!?), getting a massage or having a girl's night out are also fun ways to balance out all the hard work! These are great ways to find a little joy and fun in the everyday.