Cherished Cherubs talks to mums and dads every day and TIME is something most working parents in Perth and around Australia struggle with, and the owner of Cherished Cherubs Babysitting is learning to change the clock.
At a recent seminar we were asked to say one challenge we had now, and how we can overcome this challenge. The responses varied, things like being able to stay focused, working out where to put the efforts, making the right contacts, working out the best strategies. They all seemed to have obvious solutions to work with.
What was my challenge? It was TIME. I was struggling to find time to meet the needs of my kids, meet my work goals, catch up with my friends and generally fit everything in.
But how do you find more time? You cannot alter the 24 hours in a day, you cannot sleep less, or you do not function to your maximum potential (I have tried it). You cannot just wipe out the family for a block period or work to focus on the other.
But there is an answer.
Why don’t we alter our time frame expectations? Instead of wanting to achieve our goals in 3 months, maybe run that out to 5 months to be more realistic and relieve the pressure cooker. Instead of running around and having the children all participate in 3 or 4 activities each, cut that back to 2 and actually lock in a couple of home afternoons to slow things down and spend time on homework, cooking, craft, going to the park.
Life is busy. For some of us life will always be busy, it is the way we are programmed, it is what we have built around ourselves, and often what we like.
We can continue to be busy without being overwhelmed and stressed. We do not have to lower our standards, but by reviewing our expectations around time we may free up the challenge that we call time.
So, schedule those catch ups with your good friends, instead of saying “we must catch up”. Make time for your special date nights and even better make them a regular appointment. Happier relationships make happier lives. Do not use excuses such as “I don’t have anyone to babysit” because there is help at hand, so go ahead reschedule your time and make those important catchups and date nights. Even a few hours can make a world of difference.
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