Work life balance is something that we all strive for. We work because we want to be able to enjoy life outside of the job, but sometimes get sucked into over working (or over-playing). Achieving that balance can be a bit of an act and truthfully, it is not something that we can attain fully and then let it be. Balance is, instead, something that we work to improve every day. There are several things that you can start doing today to get you closer to the work life balance that you desire.
Using systems to stay organized
I cannot express to you how important it is to keep all of your “stuff” organized. I am talking paperwork, schedule, finances, meals, and more. Good organization is key to keeping your mind in the right place and your stress levels down. With so many free printables on the internet, there is no reason to not have your life in an organized binder (or 4!).
Recently, my file cabinet, paper organization (desktop), and note taking got a major overhaul. I was a scattered mess until I realized how easy it really can be to keep my paper organized. Notes are now on a notebook instead of on a million sticky notes (you know what that is like, right), my file cabinet is well organized and finally in an adult size, and I manage my papers even better. It is life changing!
Organize 365 is a podcast that is all about, you guessed it, organizing. This is all things home, business, paper, clutter, and more. I really love some of the tips that I have so far gained from listening.
Planners, calendars, and schedules, oh my!
I am a hardcore paper kind of gal. Within the past few months, my family has started to use the calendar app quite frequently. It is just lovely to have Mr. Hubster’s schedule in my pocket at all times. When I add an appointment, he is notified. It really doesn’t get much easier.
Before that, I used paper calendars only. We did really well with writing stuff down until we moved last year. Then it kinda went down hill. I still use a desktop calendar for my daily to-do’s, blog planning, and business work. Seeing my calendar on my desk is nice as I don’t have to go searching for it.
Now, if you are a mom on the move or if you just really need to have a planner, there are so many good ones to choose from. The few that I love the most would have to be The Brilliant Life Planner, The Living Well Planner, and the Create 365 planner. They have a lot of extras in them for note taking, goals, budgeting, and more. The 365 planner is the most versatile as you can add sets to it and take papers out. There are also a lot of color and sticker choices which are always fun!
Monthly meal planning has changed my life. That is truly no joke. I use to spend at least an hour every weekend deciding what to plan for the weeks meals and writing a grocery list out. Now, I plan the whole month in advance and every week I just have to write out my small grocery list.
The big shift in meal planning came with our Dish List. Having a list of 30 solid meals that I know for sure that my family loves is a time saver. I pick 10 or so of these meals every month and then sprinkle in new ones too. For this season of our lives, I am sticking with very simple meals, and that is okay! Get started with your meal planning today and ditch the overwhelm and overspending with these free printables when you sign up to my email list.
Organize your life
Decluttering and organizing will give you such a sense of relief. Being a recovering OCD personality, I still get all out of order mentally when my house is out of order. With the help of Make Over Your Mornings course by Money Saving Mom, I was able to notate what things triggered me into feeling stressed and which helped me find the calm. Seriously, if my couch pillows are straightened and my dishes are clean, I am 99% a happier mama ? .
Go through your rooms one by one and declutter and organize. This is a life long process, not a weekend project. I have a feeling that you will feel a sense of calm once you clear out all the unnecessary stuff and just have what you truly need and like.
Set a schedule
This one can be a bit challenging with little ones in the house. Whether you are a WAHM, a SAHM, or a working mom, you know that you need to schedule things to get done each day and each week. Having a consistent plan is nice, but not always possible. Plan the things that you can and be flexible with the rest. We do dinner and bedtime at the same time every night and on the weekends, we plan for a shopping day. Yes, it is that little of a plan, but little mister still knows what to expect.
I love the idea of time blocking and it is definitely something that I am still working on. It is a great way to get a lot accomplished with just a little bit of time. Abby over at Just a Girl and Her Blog is definitely a pro at scheduling herself as evidence by how much she does! Check out her post on time blocking. It is not just for WAHM that is for sure.
If you are a WAHM, the end of your work day is something to pay attention to. You will need to set a time that you are done and able to spend with family. Make family time distraction free by putting away the computer and phone. Do not use it for business purposes until it is “work time” again.
As a budget coach and blogger, there are times that I need to work at night for consults and blogging. If this is the case for you, be extra sure that the time with your family is uninterrupted.
Having systems and a schedule in place is definitely going to help you come closer to achieving a work life balance as a WAHM or just as a mother in general. The primary idea is that family needs to be put first. Family is the reason why we work, the reason we maybe want to stay home, and the reason that we love our life. It is important to keep that in mind as you design the life that you want. And remember, balance is a constant act. Give yourself grace if you need it.