Tip Two: Don’t check emails until after lunch
Checking your emails can lead you into 2 pm without actually getting any work done. Think of it like this. Every time you check your emails you are working on someone else’s agenda. Do what you must do first and then dive into that never-ending stream of emails.
Tip Three: You time
Before you laugh out loud and spit your coffee all over the table, hear me out. Be sure to carve out a little alone time. Even if it means taking extra long time in the bathroom washing your hands. Forget singing happy birthday, sing the entire ABBA catalogue (I know you know it). Point being, that when our kids did go to school we would have at least a small nugget of time where we weren’t feeling pulled, pushed and prodded. You must create that nugget now they’re at home.
Tip Four: Lower your standards.
This idea may make your teeth rattle (fellow overachievers I stand with you) however let’s face it, the kids leave their crap everywhere. I read recently that cleaning your house whilst the kids are at home is like brushing your teeth whilst eating Oreos. So lower your standards a little. Let the mess be, or my favourite trick is to set out a washing basket for each kid and make it their end of the day job to dump all their things laying around in it.
Tip Five: Give yourself credit.
Most of us mums are super hard on ourselves. We think that if cousin Joanne has it all together with her tribe then you should too. However we are all different and as for Joanne, maybe she stuffs her crap into a cupboard – out of sight, out of mind.
Remember that you are doing the best you can with what you have got. That you were never trained in how to parent, teach and work all whilst keeping your toilet sparkling like a Harpic ad. You are doing great and this too shall pass.