Now that the kids are back in school it’s time to figure out how to get the most out of the hours that they are in school. Like most moms I don’t get a lot of “me time”, and when I do get it, I want to make the most out of those hours. I don’t want to spend them doing “chores” or in the grocery store, I want those hours to mean something to me, just me.
5 WaysTo Maximize your Me-Time
Last year I felt like I wasted many of the hours that my son was in school by doing laundry, cleaning the house or running errands. And while those things all need to get done, they are generally things that I can do when my son is with me. This year I want my “me time” to be more about me.
On days when I do have to run errands or I’m going shopping for myself, I like to have an idea of what order I will do things in and prioritize them so if I run out of time I didn’t miss out on something important. I also think about what stores are closest to each other so I’m not running all over the place.
This is tough especially if you are a SAHM, but we all do need time for ourselves. Sit down and think about what is most important for you to accomplish while you have the time. It should be something that you generally want to do an adds value to your life. For example for me it’s exercise, shopping for myself, getting my hair done or hanging at the local coffee shop. Find the activities that fulfill you and do them. The laundry can always wait.
Make a list
Each night before bed I make my to-do list if it’s a day my son is in school I also note that things that I need to get done during that time period. I try to make this list to be things that I enjoy doing. I find that by having a list I’m able to stay on task and that way I’m not disappointed later in the day when I remember that I had wanted to sit in the coffee shop and finish my book club book and instead I played on Facebook or did the laundry.
Sometimes when I have a bunch of thing to accomplish I write down the order I”m going to do them in and I set a timer. Even on days when I have to do something like vacuum I set a timer and allow myself only that time to work on that task, after that I have to finish it an move on. Same goes for me time I get an hour to work out and once it’s up I’m done.
At the end of the day I think about whether or not those hours were fulfilling to me. Do I remember what I did with them or was it just a blur? I think about which activities left me satisfied. I make a note of what didn’t leave me fulfilled and try to steer clear of those activities next time I have “me time”.
So often as a mom I squander the time I have to myself. I feel guilty for spending time on things that I enjoy. I feel like as a stay at home mom that I should not be allowed those hours. Yet I desperately need those hours to recharge my battery. After all me time is truly about making time for yourself. It’s about using those hours to do something for you, so that when you get home you can be better focused on those that need you.
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