How To Manage It All

by Kathy Sykes on May 5, 2009 · 0 comments

Since I am a (semi) new mom and a full-time working mom outside of the home and the first lady of a progressive church, I have HAD to find ways to keep it all together and try not to miss a step.  This is the journey of all moms and since it is coming up on Mother’s Day, we really need to give ourselves a B.R.E.A.K.!!!!!  We can’t do it all (not at the same time anyway) but there are smart ways to try to keep it together.  This is what I have learned and utilized over the past 22 months:

A Mom’s has the name of everyone in your household and you can write down who is doing what on what days.  This has come in handy for me because I work at the hospital, work as a consultant (one day a week soon to be two days), activities with Thomas, babysitter schedule, Tim’s pastoral schedule, and the dogs schedule (yes, the dog).  This calendar has slowly shown me that my husband and I have too little time together, so I just started scheduling “date nights”. I had heard of this but never thought twice about it, but now, IT IS A MUST!

I have my personal calendar that tracks things that I NEED to do such as, what days are best for laundry, house cleaning, hair salon, grocery shopping, visiting dad at the nursing home, etc.  EVERYTHING has to be scheduled for me or else something won’t get done.

Online banking is a lifesaver and a great way to track my spending. Paying bills has never been easier.

Facebook and text messaging has saved my life, as far as, keeping up with friends. Lord knows I don’t have time to talk on the telephone.

Television has been reduced to just CNN and the weather channel.  All I need to know is a quick review of what’s going on in the world and do I need my umbrella or sunglasses.  If I get an extra 45 minutes, then I turn to HGTV…gotta love it!

Haven’t gotten the grocery shopping down pat YET, but I am now downloading a preprinted grocery list of the things I need to buy regularly vs. what I can buy in bulk and stash. 

BUT, I am coming to realize that it is OK to let the dishes not be washed immediately (they still have to go in the dishwasher though), and maybe I will have to put off the laundry by a day or so, just so I CAN watch HGTV. These are the things that I am learning so that I can still have a pleasant life and not be a crabby patty (yes that is from spongebob-:)

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