Scribbling down all of your to-do's quickly makes even small tasks seem extra time consuming. When you start feeling overwhelmed, making a "done" list can give you a feeling of accomplishment and a way to see everything you've gotten done that day.
3. One track mind
Set a timer and dedicate 15, 30, or 45 minutes (or however long) to a certain task. Turn off your phone, don't let yourself be interrupted, and do a blitz cleaning session or knuckle down to finally tackle the guest room's organization.
At the end of the timer, pick a new task and get to it. (Tip: this tactic works wonders for getting your kids to help out- make it a race to see who can clean their room the best in just 10 minutes).
4. Rock out
Dig out a favorite record (the one that the kids hate when you put it on) and take a few minutes to listen to a song or two. That mental soundtrack can amp up your energy and mood, and serves as a great pick-me-up when things get stressful.
Sometimes, the pressure of 'having" to do something makes you feel anxious and overwhelmed. If the stress of needing to make dinner tonight feels like a chore, try choosing a recipe you are really excited about. This will help you feel like you are making time for yourself.
7. Make your bed
It's a simple thing, but having a bed that is made gives you a place that's organized and orderly. You'll be grateful when bedtime comes around that you don't have to sort out tangled sheets and pick up pillows off the floor before getting into bed.
Be your best friend throughout the day and do little favors like this.
8. Take a Sabbath day
There's something to be said about a day of rest.
If that's not normally part of your week, test it out. Do all of your errands during the week, so the day of your choice can be devoted to family, time reading, taking a day to delve into talents, or food prepping for the rest of the week.
It may seem like helping someone else is just another thing on your list of things to do, but a little favor or act of service puts your life into perspective (and can be easily incorporated into your life).
Examples of this can be to declutter your closet knowing you'll donate everything you no longer wear. Or, freeze an extra meal to have an emergency dinner ready for a neighbor in need.
10. Pick a theme
Set a new background on your phone of an inspirational quote or a reminder of your goal for this week. Place the same quote or reminder on your bathroom mirror and steering wheel; anywhere you'll see it often. Decide to make that saying your week's mantra, and evaluate how you did at the end of the week.
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