If you are a new mom it’s probably safe to say that you are struggling to figure out how to survive your new lifestyle. Your baby is out of the newborn phase but you still can’t seem to take back control of your life. There are so many joys that come with being a mom but it seems like you will never be able to see the bottom of your sink again, not to mention the laundry room floor. Fast food & take out become a recurring meal option but you soon figure out that you can’t lose the baby weight and your bank account is diminishing before your eyes.
Well Mommas, if you adopt these 5 habits you can take back control of your life. At first, it may be tough but I promise you that if you stay the course it will be worth it in the long run and before you know it you will have your life back.
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1. Wake up an hour earlier:
It is tempting to hit the snooze and wait for your baby to wake you up. Trust me, I know! I am NOT a morning person so this habit has been difficult for me to develop. Recently though, I have started looking forward to waking up earlier.
The key to mastering this habit is to create a morning routine that makes you excited to start your day. This extra hour before your baby wakes up will give you a chance to relax while having your coffee (or in my case an AdvoCare Spark!). In that hour, I also have time for a 20min Yoga/Meditation Session and a shower.
2. Pick up as you go:
Before I leave a room, I make sure to put the toys away and tidy up. It may seem like I am picking up the same room multiple times a day but I NEVER have two rooms a mess at the same time. This is so important for keeping my sanity and gives me peace of mind knowing all my other rooms are clean. Picking up while you go also shortens the pickup time at the end of the day.
This is a nice little trick I learned throughout the first 9 months of my daughter being born. I realized that if I waited until the end of the day to pick up everything the mess was overwhelming and I would keep putting it off which created more of a mess and took more time to clean.
3. Have a Day Planner & USE IT!
If you’re like me no one has to tell you to make lists; my husband actually tells me to STOP making them 😜… but that will never happen so I embrace it. Lists are important. They take the scattered thoughts in your head and make sense of them.
I have bought day planners before and have never used them. I would forget about them and write daily to-do lists on scraps of paper. While that worked it didn’t make me feel sophisticated and it made what was on the list feel less important.
I purchased my Day Designer at Target (you can also find it on Amazon) and I am in LOVE with it. Writing your goals and daily tasks down in the beautiful planner will make you want to accomplish everything you write down. I write down what I need to accomplish during the day and then I write down how long that specific task will take to accomplish.
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4. Make your Meals & have a weekly Meal Plan:
This will save you money and help you keep a healthy balanced diet. Making your own meals doesn’t have to take a long time that is why meal planning is so important. For the days you do not have time to spend an hour cooking you can plan to have leftovers or cook something in the crockpot.
Planning lets you keep a strict grocery budget and allows you to plan for coupons or money back apps! If you have not tried Ibotta or Check51 PLEASE DOWNLOAD them! I have gotten back over $120 in 8 months. Sometimes both apps offer money back for the same product at the same time meaning double the money back!!
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Check out the Free Weekly Workbook I created. The workbook is perfect for meal planning & exercise planning.
5. Become a Mom of Routine:
Okay, you may say routines are boring and a bit unrealistic but having some routine is necessary. Routines work for me because if I don’t have a plan I end up getting nothing accomplished. I recently created a morning routine & an evening routine for myself and it has made a huge impact on my days. I am more productive, happier, and less stressed. In my evening routine, I have included time for writing in my Day Designer. With this time set aside, I alway have time to schedule the upcoming day.
If you need help with time management and are looking for some one-on-one help you can email me and we can work together to structure your day better.