Sometimes, to-do lists can really set us up for failure. If you strive to get your list done, and feel disappointed when it’s not— you may be setting your standards too high. This is how you need to manage your to-do list
Be realistic, but more importantly, know that it’s not failing if you don’t complete every task. You don’t have to do it all, 24/7. You are not a robot. Your desires matter, too.
You may benefit from these steps if you are newly postpartum, raising those bossy toddlers, or dealing with teens; because as moms we know, fatigue can get the best of you. Take it from me before you get burnt out, and follow these steps to get yourself out of survival mode and into thrival mode!
1. Minimize your list. Having a big to-do list is often overwhelming. It can be unobtainable at times when your wearing so many different hats. Anything that’s not an immediate priority can wait until Friday. When Friday comes and something is not crossed off your list, you’ll have to learn to delegate. (Step 2) For me, on Fridays, I stop those postpartum blues with a glass of wine or two, and celebrate that we got through another week! Always, always celebrate the small stuff.
2. Learn to delegate tasks. Who’s turn is it to fold the laundry? I have often tried to delegate a task and just end up doing it anyway, but be consistent and set boundaries. Set reminders that it’s their turn to do it. Make it about teamwork, and not about chores. I know my husband needs a lot of praise when he does something helpful, and if I’m being honest, I like the recognition, too.
3. Cut out the guilt. We shouldn’t have to feel guilt when we leave the house. Most of the time, what your doing is enough, and sometimes, it’s more than enough. Make sure you put your own desires first when making your list. When your needs and wants are met, you’ll be less resentful and more present with your family. Start your list with you in mind first.
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