sharesShareTweet and I AM going to be putting it to better use. I’m finding shopping with one kid hard, I’m almost sure it’ll be impossible with 2.
(The kids aren’t really the problem, it’s more the chore of in and out of the car seat and having to get a cart every time even for just 5 things, and the TIME is takes… ungh.)
If I need diapers or toothpaste, no longer will I run to the store “just to grab that”.
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6) I’m breaking up with my phone.
Because I work from home and don’t really have any set “work hours” I feel the constant need to be responding to every little ping – allthetime.
It’s SUPER stressful, and it makes me feel guilty, because I hate that my babe is growing up knowing that mom looks at her phone allthetime.
I don’t get anything done on it anyway, really. I TRY, but I never actually get anywhere.
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Turning my phone off during the day while I’m alone with my babe will make number 7 much easier:
7) I’m setting dedicated working hours, moving my computer out of the kitchen, and declaring this time uninterrupted working time.
There has been few things as amazing as working from home. (In fact, I could say that just by making my work from home dream come true, I’ve already simplified my life 1000%.)
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BUT I’ve been working from the kitchen lately, because I want to be close to my family. What that really means is that I’m interrupted about every 63 seconds and I get a fraction of the work I SHOULD get done, done.
This leaves me feeling stressed and far behind on everything. It’s not working, and I need to change that.
It also means I stay up VERY LATE working after everyone is in bed, trying to get caught up. (It’s 1:10 am right now, and I’m no where near done.)
8) I’m letting go of big business goals.
The whole point of working from home (and becoming a SAHM) was so I could spend time with my babies. Make mom-life the priority.
My blog is very successful, and it’s hard not to get carried away with the desire to make it MORE successful. Make it earn MORE money.
But, what’s really more important to me? More money? Or less stress and more time with my family?
As long as I can earn enough to help pay the bills, I don’t need to grow.
9) I’ll be getting more sleep.
If this sounds to you like these simple-living changes could have a domino effect – you’d be right.
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I’m going to try hard to get more sleep (at least until new baby gets here). If I’m getting more work done in my dedicated work hours and not staying up all night to work and not pushing as hard towards difficult goals, that’ll be a big step towards making sleep happen.
I’m almost sure that if I’m not SO tired all the time, it won’t feel so overwhelming to try to keep the house clean and I’ll have more patience and creativity to share with my kid.
10) I’ll be re-prioritizing my to-do list.
Somehow, in the new stay at home work from home mom thing I have going on, my priorities have gotten skewed.
I spend far more time on email than I do in prayer and far less time with people than with my computer.
I want my babies to grow up with a mom who models a deep relationship with God and values people above all things.
Taking the time to sit down and visit with my grandma should never be something I put on the back burner, just because I feel like my house is too messy to invite her in.
(That said, my house is going to be cleaner in the near future because it will have less clothes + products taking up space, and I won’t fear dousing my kid in chemical cleaners… so that won’t be an issue anymore – right?)
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How can you simplify YOUR life as mom?
What are the things that stress you out? What can you let go of this year?
Maybe it’s time to start meal planning or give up a hobby you don’t really have time for. Nothing will ever change unless we change it!
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