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9 Successful Habits of a Working Mom with NO TIME

(Heading out the door…no time!)

Life with a baby sure can be overwhelming. There’s just not enough TIME for everything!  I have the same 24 hours I always had before, but it feels so much more precious and stretched thin, now.

Yesterday, I was dwelling on all the things on my to-do list that have suffered these past 7 months (since we welcomed Brooke into our lives) and wondering when things will settle down and go back to “normal” so I can get back on my game. (I haven’t accepted that this is just how it is, now.)

This morning, I started thinking about all the POSITIVE things I’m still able to do instead of thinking more about the negative. This helped me to realize I’m not a complete failure and I do have some successful habits that are worth acknowledging.

9 Successful Habits I’ve Maintained:

#1) I get 8 hours of sleep every night (8pm to 4am).

#2) I am prepared with plenty of good food for the week, in advanced.

#3) I exercise for about 1 hour every day and rest on Sundays.

#4) I drink lots of water all day long. (My water bottle never leaves my sight.)

#5) I maintain a successful pumping schedule so I can feed my baby and donate any extra.

#6) I take care of myself by seeing a physical therapist, regularly.

#7) I listen to audio books to make the most of my commute.

#8) I do laundry every Sunday so I don’t run out of clothes, mid-week.

#9) I start every week with a full tank of gas.

I might not be able to do everything I need/want to, but it helps to calm my stress when I look at a few of the positive habits I have maintained instead of dwelling on the endless list of things I can’t seem to keep up with. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others when we see another person succeeding in a category we are struggling in, but by taking a minute to review your own strengths, I bet you can turn that inner dialogue around and learn to focus on the positive.

Do you have any great habits that I could learn from? It could be as impactful as sleep or as simple as a laundry schedule. I’d love to know!

 



10 thoughts on “9 Successful Habits of a Working Mom with NO TIME”

  • I’ve been doing a good job on the exercise, water and waking up everyday at 6 am. Although going to bed at 10 pm can be a challenge at times. The rest of the list I definitely need to work on though 🙂 I never feel like I have gas in my car!!!

    • Great job on the big ones! I know what you mean about bedtime…it’s hard to be strict! That gas light is so annoying! Such a nag! 😛
      Thanks for commenting!

  • Those are really great habits. Nice job.
    Maybe add a date night in the schedule? Other than that, you’re doing a lot better than me. 🙂

    • Thanks, Joe! It only appears like I’m doing better because you can’t see my “unsuccessful habits” list! There are so many other things I wish I had a handle on!
      Date night is a great idea! We schedule one per month and it is so needed!
      Thanks for your comment!

  • I feel the same way. There is just not enough time. By the time we get home and eat dinner and bath time, bedtime is 9:00 if we’re lucky. Often times my wife and I just pass out after they fall asleep. I would like to get up earlier but I’m not much of a morning person. I definitely listen to podcasts on my long commute. I try to run errands at the Target near my work as well as other errands…getting gas, oil changes, going to post office, bank, etc.

    • Running errands near your work is a good one! I can understand not wanting to get up extra early if you’re already dealing with a long commute and going to bed at 9pm at the earliest. Sleep is so important! Thanks for commenting, Andrew!

  • Oh I get around that by just giving up that pesky thing call sleep. Once it’s gone, you won’t even miss it and you get to see lots of cool colors… 😉

    I really like audio books too. It keeps my hands free during my AirBnB cleaning rounds but my brain active! I am lucky to live near lots of public transportation so when I sneak on I take a nap. Driving takes more concentration from me than anyone else I know haha.

    P.S. your bebe is beautiful!!!
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    • Haha I know you’re right, Lily! If only we didn’t need to sleep we could get so much more done! That’s a good idea to listen to audiobooks while you work! And if you have public transportation I bet that means you have lots of traffic so I can understand why driving requires extra concentration. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

    • Mike, the fact that you haven’t already done that tells me you’ve got it together better than you think! I can’t imagine how it all gets done in that little window of time after work and before bed. And then you have to prep everything for the next day, right? I guess we’ll have to figure out a new evening routine when that time comes for us! Thanks for your comment!

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