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They say if you want something done, give it to a busy person. So us mothers of little ones should be up to our necks in productivity, no?
Some of us, maybe. But not me.
I’m learning a simple trick to change this, though. Being a stay-at-home mom means I have a whole lot of unstructured and unscheduled time at my finger tips. Other than dinner times, naps, and bedtime routines there are hours, days, weeks, months in front of me to fill, or not fill, as I please.
The thought of this is great, until you’re two years post-partum and you’ve barely lifted a finger in exercise.
That’s why the best thing I’ve done for myself recently is become a member at a local yoga studio. Voila! All of a sudden I have a finite number of choices to exercise. Instead of entering the week leaving my workouts up to chance and my mood on any particular day, I have to commit to the hours of the studio. This isn’t rocket science, but it is a small change that can yield entirely new results, for the better.
In the same way I’ve been more diligent with enrolling my kids in one or two classes during the year, be it preschool or swimming lessons. All of a sudden we have fewer options for seeing friends, for getting the grocery shopping done, and for restocking our library books (the essentials, of course). Which makes us more intentional with our days.
If you’re like me and you struggle to get things done even when your schedule is wide open, maybe it will help to look for those parameters you can build into your days (with things you love, of course). Decision fatigue is a real thing. We do ourselves a favour when we find ways to make less choices in the run of a week (I love the idea of a minimalist wardrobe…maybe one day).
I’m noticing that as I build routine into my days, my mind becomes a little more free to think creatively, to dream, to be inspired. Where it was once lacking, motivation slowly starts to rise.
Here’s to changing seasons that encourage us to experiment with our time, and challenge ourselves in new ways.
Do tell, are there any new routines you’ve added into your life lately?