Are you in a busy season?
My husband is a CPA so by mid-February, I am already counting the days until April 16th. The days go crazy fast and literally seem to just run, one into the other. It’s almost like those movies where the characters can’t account for large blocks of time as I look at the calendar and go “It’s Thursday already?…what happened to Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday”… Here is what I do to ensure I make it through them without losing my patience or my sanity.
Paramount: Take care of yourself. Yep, during these times I need to come first because I can’t take care of others if I am sick, tired, fatigued or feeling unwell. So, for me that means making time to do the following:
1 Eat real meals (healthy ones)
2 Get enough rest (I stick to a reasonable bedtime. I would love to be one of those moms who can stay up until midnight folding laundry and lesson planning and then get back up at 5am, but I’m not).
3 Sneak quiet times in the day (prayer, meditation, 5 minutes of sitting silently in gratitude makes a big difference)
4 Consolidate (one trip to the grocery store, not three little trips, and group errands)
5 Delegate (this is the perfect time for my kids to have an opportunity to really shine by being more independent with bed making, putting their own laundry away and other jobs I may be tempted to do for them but they can do for themselves)
(Bonus) *White space*. Even during busy times, I guard the white space on my calendar. Sundays are family days, even during tax season. A lot of extras can wait till a busy season is over, particularly social gatherings and volunteering opportunities.
The little years, the toddler and preschool years, happen once and our little ones continue to grow and change and be amazing daily; even during our busy seasons, so be sure that you aren’t missing the good stuff…times for stories and hugs, giving smiles and praise, taking time to play with your child even during the busy times. One day you will look back and be so glad you did!