When you’re a full-time parent juggling a career and about a million other responsibilities, things can often feel overwhelming. If you’re new to this whole parenting gig, you might be wondering how on earth those super-mums and dads you see on the street manage to find enough time in the day to juggling everything while still looking like they enjoy a decent quality of life.
The ability to do a good job as a busy parent while succeeding in all other areas of your life is by no means an impossible task – all it takes is knowing the right daily habits that allow you to keep on top of things. Here are the top daily habits that you should pick up if you’re a busy parent.
Be Organised and Assertive with Your Time
No parent can predict how their day is going to go, but you can manage your time efficiently so that you’re able to effectively deal with all the daily hiccups that define life with children. Allotting a daily schedule not just for certain tasks, but for certain types of work, is the most effective way to manage your time. For example, block out one hour every morning to say, answer your emails, while making sure you have a couple of hours in the afternoon to deal with family errands. The key is to be assertive and uncompromising with your time, no matter what anyone else says.
Get Your Daily Dose of Optimism
Although being a parent is wonderful, it can, of course, be equally draining. According to Lottoland’s 12 habits which will change your life for the better, one of the most important of these is ensuring you’re making time to see the bright side of life. This includes remembering to be thankful for all the wonderful things you have, such as your home and your loved ones, as well as taking an eager, proactive and curious approach to every new day.
Get Up Early
The best way to make sure you have enough time in the day is to set that alarm! Make sure you’re getting your 7-8 hours sleep every night, of course, but get up early as you’re much more likely to be productive at 7am than at 7pm. If you get up early and take care of all the little pressing things, you’ll find that you have a lot more free time in the afternoons to enjoy life and spend quality time with your family.
Take Care of Yourself
Out of all of your daily tasks, self-care should be a priority. This can be as simple as taking time in the mid-morning to relax with a cup of tea, or it can mean indulging in a hobby such as reading or painting. Remember to switch off your phone during your R&R time in order to maximise the benefits, and you’ll find yourself feeling refreshed and content throughout the day.
The overall key to managing a busy life in a healthy way is to be proactive in how you organise your day. Once you achieve this, anything is possible.