You know that saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? Well, either was a clean house, or the perfect family planning binder and definitely not a sane mama who’s really got her stuff together and can walk to the mailbox without passing out. These things, like Rome, take time.
If you have read my about me, then you know what the purpose of this blog is. A source of accountability for me to finally get my rear in gear and start being a more organized, put together, in shape human being.
When I first started this whole journey, I jumped in head first. I was like okay today is Monday. It’s a new week time to get with it. Today I am gonna clean this whole house, start an exercise routine, plan out a weeks worth of meals, go grocery shopping, wash all the laundry, pick up Bug from school, come home, cook supper, clean the whole house again (because we all know that as soon as your kids and hubs walk in the door the sink is full of dishes and there are 10 pairs of socks strung across your house), teach my 5 month old how to talk, learn to play piano, all before bed time. Okay… so that was a little exaggerated. But I know you all know what I am saying. It is physically impossible to do it all at once. So to save you some time, I want to address some of the things I have learned on my Get With It Mama journey so far.
1. Like I previously stated you cannot do it all at once. It is going to take time. My best advice is to set goals for yourself, you can get a copy of my goal setting worksheet here! Figure out what you wanna do and write it down, and start implementing them into your routine slowly, I suggest starting with the simplest one first to avoid productivity burn out. Trust me it’s a real thing, my exercise routine lasted like 4 minutes.
2. IT IS SO IMPORTANT to set realistic goals and expectations. I was so sure that I was going to be able to wake up with my husband every morning. He wakes up at 5 am. I still get up with my son at night to nurse, which he does at least 3 times… There is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks my butt is getting up at 5 when I was just up a 3, 1, and 11. So I set a more realistic goal, I told myself that I have to be out of bed by 8 every day. That’s doable, and guess what? I am actually doing it.
3. You will never ever ever be able to clean your house in one day. You may be able to hide the mess in every room every day, but trying to do it all at once is just simply not possible. Which is why I came up with a weekly cleaning schedule. I have chores that I must do every day like dishes and a load of laundry, and then an assigned room for each day of the week. You can grab your copy by signing up for my newsletter!
4. Take some time for yourself every day. We get so lost in the shuffle of everything that we forget to take time for ourselves. And you have to, or that productivity burn out will sneak up on you faster than you think. Lock yourself in the bathroom for 10 minutes if you have to.
5. Stop trying to make fancy gourmet meals every night. Everything you cook does need to include a recipe 20 ingredients long and 3 courses. Nobody has time for all that. It is okay to settle for a simple sloppy joe once in and awhile, and your kids will probably thank you for it.
6. If you do not exercise, please do not try and go run a mile first hand. You will die. Start off slow. Like a light jog to the mailbox and work your way up from there.
Changing your lifestyle is no easy task. It takes time and ample amounts of effort. But I can tell you that the little things that I have implemented into my routine, like waking up by 8 and making the bed first thing have made a huge difference in my days.
Do you have any tips for the newly productive? I would love to hear from y’all! And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get a copy of my Weekly Cleaning Schedule!