Good morning! This past couple of weeks has been a chaotic time for our family! We were puppy sitting for a family friend, we baby sat our nephew for the week, AND then dealt with a lovely round of sickness! I feel like a tornado hit our house and my business has taken up residence on the back burner unfortunately. But, I have learned to not let these things stress me. I mean, what can we do? Life will happen and your schedule will get derailed. Here are some tips that I have found helpful with keeping sanity in chaotic times.
1.) Always make time to spend time with the Lord.
For me, especially on those extremely busy days, taking time first thing in the morning to sit down and meet with the Lord changes my entire perspective. It helps me to have a positive attitude and not let the little things frustrate me. On the days that I choose to skip my morning meeting with the Lord, I notice that I am snippy with my kids. Or frustrated with work problems that aren’t huge problems. OR grumpy with my husband and that isn’t fair to him either!
Even if you only have 20 minutes. You still have plenty of time to read a chapter, or a few verses, and then spend some time in prayer. Ask Him to go before you through out the day. Ask Him to help you accomplish the things He would like you to accomplish and to give you the energy/motivation to get those things done. Ask Him to help you with your attitude! I promise it really does help.
2.) Make a new plan.
My day is pretty much planned out and is one the same schedule every single day. From my morning meeting with the Lord, work hours, school time, chore time, etc, are all done roughly around the same time everyday. However, when things get changed, I still have non-negotiable things that need to be accomplished. So, I take the time to re-assess the day and determine how I will fit in what needs to be done. Some days, that means we are doing school work while our nephew is napping. Some days, that means making work hours happen while watching a movie with the kiddos. Some days…that means I skip my chores (sigh) and unfortunately that’s where I am at today! I neglected my chores and now get to play catch up.
But! Making a schedule and sticking to it definitely helps. My important work things were still taken care of. My kids still got quality time with me and we were still able to have fun. My husband and I were able to accomplish some of his tasks (working on his latest video) and still got to spend time together as well.
3.) Make the catch up fun.
Nothing puts me in a better mood than listening to music and singing along! When I have a lot of dishes to catch up on or just regular cleaning to do, I will turn on my music and spend a couple of hours cleaning and singing! Sometimes the kids join in, sometimes I think they think I’ve lost it! But hey! I’m having fun and showing them that working can be fun too…it doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact one of my favorite memories from my childhood was watch my mom and my step-mom work. My mom was an extremely hard worker and one of her ways of making work fun was to have her favorite shows on for background noise. It distracted her from her work and was something we could also do together. My step-mom would blast her favorite music every Saturday and would spend the morning digging in deep to her weekly cleaning. It wasn’t rare to hear her singing or catch her dancing around while she worked!
Like my mom, another way I make work fun is by taking that time to watch something I want to watch. I will either tune into something on the T.V. or these days there are so many apps that you can catch up on your favorite shows with. One of my favorites lately is the Hallmark Channel APP. There are wholesome shows, without all the nonsense, that I can watch and the kids can watch with me.
Whatever works for you to make things fun do that! Podcasts, books on tape, listening to sermons…whatever!
4.) Ask for help if you need it!
There is nothing wrong with asking for help. I still need to tell myself this on a regular basis. I am guilty of not ever asking for help from Kenny. I feel like I am home and it is my job to keep the house clean and make sure all the chores are done. But, sometimes I do need help and it’s okay to ask for it. I’m still working on this one so I need this reminder more than anyone!
5.) Don’t sweat it!
No matter what, at the end of the day, don’t let it bother you. We are all human and I think often times we are too hard on ourselves. As long as your family is taken care of and know they are loved, you are doing your job. The house will get clean, the laundry will get folded, and the dishes will get done. Our families are the most important thing that God has given us. Be there for them and do what you can when you can. Don’t be a sluggard but don’t stress if not everything is done. I promise it’s okay!
I hope this helps you. If you have someone in your life that is struggling with this please share it with them. And if you have any tips on things that you do to combat the chaos of life share them with us too! We all need new tips and tricks from time to time! I hope you all are having a blessed Friday!