This is the first post in a series all about creating harmony in your home with routines and rhythms. I wanted to create this for you because one of the biggest concerns I hear from moms all the time is that they do not know how to manage their day. They feel overwhelmed by all the tasks they have to get done and if they work from home or homeschool then they are not even sure how to get it all in. Not to mention having time to do something for yourself.
Do you ever feel like this? Do you feel like your life is out of harmony? I didn't use the word balance here because this is near impossible in my opinion. I do believe you can create harmony in your home and that is just what I have worked over the years to create.
For years I was overwhelmed, consumed by the daily tasks and not knowing how to manage my time. The days felt unorganized and by the end of it I was exhausted mentally and physically. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Maybe you aren't overwhelmed and you are managing your time but you don't have any time left for yourself or the things that you love to do. I figured out a way to get my daily tasks done, work from home, homeschool and still have time for myself.
Priorities are Where it's At!
It all started with me asking myself some questions. I believe the first step to creating harmony is figuring out your priorities. Grab yourself a tea, coffee or one of my recipes for a yum, caffeine free drink here and ask yourself what is most important to you in life. Think big picture first. Pick at least 5 priorities that you are not willing to negotiate. List those out on a piece of paper in order of importance with some space between each one.
Some question you might ask yourself are:
What do I want the focus of my day to be around?
Who do I want to serve daily?
What can I do each day that will bring my home joy?
How do I want to feel each day?
Once you have gotten your 5 priorities listed out, then you can begin to fill in some of the key goals for each one that will help you stay focused on that each day. For example, if one of your priorities is family, what are you going to do for your family that keeps this in check? I homeschool so that would go under this category. Make sense? Maybe wellness is one of your top priorities right now, so you write down cook healthy meals.
It's not enough to just write down your top 5 priorities. That will leave you still feeling uncertain about what you need to be doing each day to stay focused on these and keep them in check. You can get as specific as you want but what I wouldn't do is write down so many goals that you are right back where you started feeling like you will not be able to harmonize it all.
I will tell you mine but not so that you can compare or feel like these have to be yours. I will share mine because having an example has always helped me move forward and brainstorm my ideas.
Some of my goals under these are time with the Lord and prayer, homeschooling, self-care, cooking healthy meals, exercise, dancing and going on dates with my hubby.
Your goals do not have to happen everyday but there will be some that do and these become your ultimate non-negotiables. In time you will find that the ones that seem to be extra will begin to fall into harmony with your routines and rhythms.
So get started with this today. I know it's going to make a difference in how you see your day first of all. This is the first step to creating harmony in your home and a rhythm that works for you and not the other way around.
Get my printable priorities print out here. Are you going to start working on this today? Are you ready to start getting your day back?
Do you want to come hang out with some other moms working toward joy and releasing the overwhelm?