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The Parenting Juggle is Real!

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The juggle is SO real! As women and mothers, not only do we physically juggle so many things each day but we also constantly *mentally* juggle ๐˜ˆ๐˜“๐˜“ of the things that most people around us donโ€™t actually see. โฃ

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Sometimes itโ€™s that mental juggling that becomes harder to manage for me. I will complete most tasks on my โ€œto doโ€ list in a day but my mind is still racing with the โ€œ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ดโ€ and โ€œ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข, ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ดโ€œ. โฃ
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When it starts to feel like one of the metaphorical balls Iโ€™m keeping in the air is about to drop, I do my best to set them down - into one of three buckets to be exact. I get a piece of paper and do a mental dump of all of the things on my mind. Then, I categorize each item into one of the following three groups: โฃ
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1. Not in my control โฃ
2. Iโ€™ve done all that I can โฃ
3. I will deal with this, at another time โฃ
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Typically, just having everything out of my mind and on a piece of paper creates a huge shift of energy that allows me to be more intentional and productive with my time. On days when thatโ€™s not enough, I like to whittle down that last category and make a specific timeline of what I mean by โ€œanother timeโ€.โฃ
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Sometimes, we can feel like we need to get all of the things done RIGHT NOW and since thatโ€™s not possible, we end up doing a several things half way - and that ends up creating more stress! Instead, breaking that list of tasks down and assigning them specific days on the calendar allows me to put things on a mental shelf and truly focus my efforts on one thing at a time. โฃ
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๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถโ€™๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ?โฃ
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