Do you ever just feel like you’ve got too much on your plate…
you’re stuck working on a never-ending to-do list…
and you’re being pulled in a million directions…
without having a single ounce of sanity?
Oh, how I get it, and I am here to tell you…Stop trying to do it all!
There were days when I could not even count how many times I would think or say “I’ll do it”?
As women, why do we feel pressured to do everything ourselves?
I would refuse to ask for help because I didn’t feel like anyone else can do it right. I would immediately agree to a favor or volunteer without even thinking if I had time. And I would resent my husband and kids sitting and relaxing while I clean up dinner or fold laundry.
By doing everything myself, I would overload myself with the daily grind and be unable to spend time doing what I wanted to do. It may sound selfish, however, I was losing my sanity.
My dreams for my family and the time with them got pushed to the side, I felt more anxious, overwhelmed, and burnt out!
So one day, I decided to stop trying to do it all.
When I stopped trying to do it all, I was able to experience clarity about what truly matters. My priorities were discovered. I was able to make time for what I wanted and truly needed to do. I was able to focus on the present instead of my to-do list. And the best thing — I was able to empower others to be independent! Yes, that included my 5 kids!
Here is how to keep your sanity and join me…
Think about what’s stopping you from letting people at work and home take some of the responsibility. For everything you’re hesitating about letting go of, ask yourself why and be honest. Have faith in the people in your life to take responsibility.
Remember, in five years, perfectly folded laundry doesn’t matter, but the time you spend with your family does!
By letting go and not trying to do it all, you’ll free up more time in your week, and you’ll free up space in your mind!
Learn to Delegate
Map out your week – work, kids, errands, time for yourself, housework — ALL of it! Look at what only you can do and highlight it.
Look at errands, chores, and other tasks – what can you delegate? Highlight those in a different color. Would a friend help with getting kids to and from baseball practice? Can your hubby pick up the dry cleaning? Can you have groceries delivered (Click-List has been a life-saver for us)? Do the kids help with housework? Trust me, they can! I always tell my kids that helping out is part of the deal and what family is all about! It is amazing what they are capable of and how they can and will step up!
Learn to Say No!
I am giving you permission to SAY NO to things so you can say YES to your sanity! When asked to do a favor or volunteer for the next school event, take a step back and make sure it fits in with your priorities. Do you have the time and the energy to give? Think about what is best for you and your family. Just be upfront, honest and polite when responding! The first time you say no — oh, you will feel so much freedom!
I know you can do anything, but you can not do EVERYTHING…especially if you are wanting to keep your sanity! Sooner or later you will crack and your life will suffer. I am here to tell you the good news – there is a better way to live your life…Just STOP TRYING TO DO IT ALL!
Fitness & Mindset Coach
Wife & Mom of 5
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