As a mum there never seems enough hours in the day to fit in all we need to do let alone things we want to do. But, as the saying goes, where there’s a will there’s a way.
Of the four of my babies only one was a sleeper. Daytime naps and through the night from the day I brought her home from hospital until she when to kindergarten. Bliss! One suffered colic, one loved the sound of her own whining, and the other thought of me as her play mate.
I was never one of those mums who managed a regimented bedtime. I admire those who master this with little to no fuss.
Nap time is like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow for a mum. These quiet moments are the perfect opportunity to clean the house, wade through the ever growing washing piles, both clean and dirty, or to catch up on some sleep yourself…
Or, retrain your way of thinking and leave the chores. Trust me, your dirty washing pile will be waiting for you no matter how many hours you neglected it. Steal moments whenever you can to put your dreams into action.
If you end up with a non-sleeper, as my first born, recording devices are fabulous. I would often walk and talk, brainstorming ideas to be written down at a later stage. (I now have a program that converts my recordings to text, saving me a heap of time. I ❤ technology…mostly.)
Bonding time with Dad is important, so don’t feel bad leaving him in charge, even if only for an hour every other day.
Keep a to-do list, so you know exactly what to focus on next. This will save time, keep you moving forward and ensure you make progress. When you are suffering broken or limited amounts of sleep, adding more to your workload can become overwhelming. Baby steps are still forward moving motions.
Be realistic in your expectations, and allow a certain amount of flexibility. We’re mums, we understand that sometimes what we want to do and what we get done don’t always align.You know the difference between an excuse and real reason, so be true to yourself. The only person who will suffer from the excuses you make is you. As much as I love to hear of your success, only you have the power to make magic happen.
I honestly believe that if you possess the ability to be a mum, then you can do anything you set your mind to. Believe in yourself, and take action to turn your dreams into your reality.
❤ Renee x