I had a friend text me the other day about pricing for my life purpose coaching services. We ended up having a conversation on the phone about how life was going for her. (She’s a mom of two teens and has a full-time job outside the home.) She talked about how bad she felt for not showing up to her son’s parent teacher conference. She expressed frustration at trying to keep track of her kids’ events and activities. She had a desire to work on all areas of her life.
I gave her some ideas to try over the phone and encouraged her on the sense of purpose she already has with her family and career. I also emphasized the need to give herself grace when she misses an appointment. This conversation inspired this blog post.
Here are 5 things to help you as a busy mom whether you are busy raising kids at home or working outside the home:
- Get control of your schedule with an online scheduling tool. One adult needs to take charge of this and be the one to send out all the appointments. This will do wonders to getting your family on the same page!
- Set a family meeting date weekly to go over the upcoming week’s events. Our time is Sunday afternoons. We may do some of this casually during the week but every Sunday I get out the white board to go over logistics for the week which includes who is cooking on what day.
- Figure out your priorities and include you in your top 5. My priorities are God, Me, Family, Work, Friends. It’s important to put that oxygen mask on first before meeting others’ needs. It is not selfish to put yourself high on your priority list. Let your priorities guide your decisions everyday.
- Hire a personal trainer. If you are having a hard time putting yourself as a priority and getting the exercise/weight lifting you need for you body, consider hiring a personal trainer to keep you accountable and provide you with an exercise plan.
- Give yourself grace. Just this weekend I went to the wrong location for my scrapbooking event. It provided a tangible example to practice what I preached. Instead of beating ourselves up when we make a mistake or fail at something, get into the habit of treating yourself well and giving yourself grace!