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Anyone who knows me can tell you that I function in a state of mania. Not all the time, of course, but the majority of the time I have a thousand and one things going on at once. Like my fellow mom friends, I somehow try to balance the house, the kids, and sBo, not to mention finding time to get to the gym, walk the dog, have time for my husband and keep in touch with my friends; and heaven forbid I decide to volunteer my time at an event, or take up a hobby….if only I could add another few hours into the day!

Does any of this sound familiar? Please say YES! (I’d hate to feel this way alone)  If you step back for  five seconds and look at what is going on in your own crazy life you will see that the key to managing your own juggling act comes down to three things:  time management, priorities and choices.

1.      TIME MANAGEMENT:  Look at everything you need/want to accomplish in a day and allocate a designated amount of time for each task.  If you are diligent with your follow through and stay on task, you will accomplish more than you anticipated. Try not to get sidetracked by checking emails, facebook, or taking phone calls that can distract you from the task at hand. Be realistic in what you can accomplish in a given period of time; you’re better off finishing one project before starting another.*side note, my husband is probably laughing hysterically at this one, since he swears that I have horrible time management skills…then I remind him that I am responsible for 3 people (and a dog) and he is responsible for himself-enough said.

2.      PRIORITIES: have you ever looked at your to-do list and wanted to run?  Or finally sat down after a long day and wondered what the heck you did all day aside from running around like a lunatic? Well, here’s a tip…make a list (I love lists) of everything you need to accomplish and then rank them by importance. Make it a point to accomplish the top 3 tasks on your list each day. The reality is that most of our “to-do lists” are never ending so the best way to feel a sense of accomplishment is to prioritize your tasks and set goals for accomplishing them.  Knowing that you can say “I finished this” or “I got that done” helps validate a hard day’s work.

3.      CHOICES: We all have responsibilities; there is no getting around it. But we choose how we tackle those responsibilities.  Do you dive right in? or procrastinate on getting started?  I don’t know about you, but I can always find something better (or more enjoyable) to do than say, paying bills…but, I know at the end of the day, it needs to get done. Personally, I’m a “dive right in” kinda gal, so for me, I’d rather just do it and get it over with. Regardless of your style, know that there is no right or wrong way-just find what works for you.

We can all benefit from pausing a moment from the chaos that we face on a daily basis. If possible, try to take a few minutes in the morning and before bed to de-compress before hopping on the merry-go-round again.  Laugh with your kids, your friends, or your spouse.  Don’t beat yourself up for not accomplishing more.  There is always tomorrow with another “to-do list” waiting with your name on it.