Being a work from home Mum, I find that I am constantly trying to be the one who is keeping on top of things. As I look around the house there is always something to do. As I have two young boys, there are always toys, cars and Lego in pieces, in every single room, with yesterdays socks strewn across the floor and half eaten pieces of toast nestled away on a shelf put there by my one year old. So how do I keep on top of things? Let me let you into a little secret, I don’t!
Some days (usually when I have had more than four hours unbroken sleep!) I feel I can take on the world, and at least, crack on with the washing pile, nail the to-do list and do the school run on time. Other days, things can seem like a huge challenge and it can feel like you’re never going to get anything done, akin to clearing up snow when it’s still snowing. My advice after having a year at home and working with a baby is to take the challenge on during those good days and on other days, be kinder to yourself as it won’t always be like this.
Make a list
One of the things I do on a daily basis is to write a list. What do I need to get done today? What is urgent and what can wait? I find it I accomplish the things I’ve been putting off, I can fly through the rest of the list and achieve more. It’s also hugely satisfying when you can tick off things on your list. I’m all for the little wins in life!
Get out often
Staying at home with a little one can be suffocating so make sure you get out every day even if it’s a walk to the park, a walk into town to pick up some fresh bread or to see friends at stay and play at the local library. The change of scenery can do you good and the fresh air will be a great way to clear any brain fog and put things into perspective.
You don’t have to do it all
Here’s the thing, you don’t have to do it all. Society has led us to believe that to be successful we need to do it all; a busy family life, keep a clean home, run a successful business but in reality, it can be more stressful attempting to have it all. One of the ways to alleviate some stress is to hire a cleaner. If you’re in London area, the London Cleaning Company can help. Letting a professional cleaner come into your home and tackle the deep cleaning for a couple of hours a week can be hugely liberating and will help you stay on top of the smaller day-to-day cleaning jobs.
Take a break
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and let others take some of the strain. Go for that coffee with a friend, organise cocktails and have a night off. It’s good to let your hair down and just concentrate on your own sanity and well-being. The house, work and to-do list will (probably) all still be there when you get back!
Do you have any other tips on how to keep on top of things? I’d love to hear from you!