Having to do everything!!!

Casey Joann - posted on 12/02/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am so stressed out with having to do everything like school work, taking care of the kids, doctor apts, broken glasses, bill collectors and the list goes on. What do some of you do to lesson the load and not feel like you're drowning?

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Amy - posted on 12/03/2014

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You have to find time for yourself, listen to music, take a shower, paint your nails, work out, do something for yourself. You will always have stresses, but you have to learn to go with it and not let it consume your life.

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Guest - posted on 12/03/2014

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Organize it all, and get it done.

On Sundays, I sit down at my computer and plan my week. I have a single page weekly planner in an excel spreadsheet that I use to organize my time.

I start by filling in my meetings, appointments, and other commitments that must be done at a certain time (each day has a slot for every hour between 8am and 5pm, and a slot for mornings and evenings). Then I use a piece of notebook paper to jot down all of the other tasks I need to get done that week and organize them--errands in the same area of town can be done together, things that will only take a minute can be done on my lunch break, etc. Then I work the tasks that will require a significant amount of time or for me to be in a specific place into the schedule around my appointments. Smaller tasks, I note on the list at the side so that I don't forget them and can work in where I have a few spare minutes.

Next, I plan my menu for the week and type out my grocery list--I have an excel sheet for that too.


One thing I did that has made my life MUCH easier in terms of paying bills and the like is that I use a credit card with good rewards to pay for EVERYTHING. I set up my monthly bills to automatically be charged to that card on the same day every month, as well as using to to pay for everything else I buy. This way, at the end of the month, I only have one bill to pay. Many banks will even allow you to automate payment for that too, but if you use a credit union you will probably still have to pay it manually online, but still, only one bill instead of 12! Also, even if you aren't comfortable setting up auto pay for your bills, you can still pay everything online rather than writing checks and mailing them off--which adds the expense of stamps, envelopes, and check, plus the time to go out and buy those things.

Ann - posted on 12/03/2014

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Stress is something we deal with on a daily basis. It's simply a part of life but it is best navigated when we control "it" and those tasks don't control us. So, what works for me is to try and develop a routine of things throughout the day. This is an old-school methodology that many people have gotten away from b/c of so many activities for kids and we're inundated with information and technology overload. If you can sort through your day and identify tasks that are daily and center them around the same time each day. This includes putting the kids in the bed around the same time so that you have a little downtime yourself and then you could go to bed around the same time. Sleep is essential to healthy nourishment and living for us all. Unfortunately, it has become more of a luxury....lol! Pinterest is a great application to search for topics of organization. Organize your home so that it works for you to find the things you need easily on a daily basis. For example, a catchall by the door where you can drop off your keys. Lastly, relax. Life is meant to be enjoyed not resented because of stress. Enjoy it and expect things to get better. You can do this! Cheer yourself on and remember, you are your own greatest cheerleader! Best wishes!

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