I've learnt that as a stay at home mother, time is of the essence. Actually time would be essentially important to all mothers full stop. Agree? yes I thought you would.
You see, when little people come along, it's a learning curve on how to get things down that used to just, well, get done but without that little shadow following you around, calling out for help or screaming because their sibling has just careered through their magnificent lego tower.
Enter the Five Minute Increment (FMI) rule and I'm in a much happier place. I no longer aspire to complete a task from go to woe. If I start, say folding the washing, I can leave it at the drop of a hat, and return when the chance arises. Same with tidying. Oh you wont find me spending uninterrupted time cleaning. It's done in spurts throughout the day. remember FMI....
If I'm walking up the hallway to one of the kids room, I'll do a quick look to see if anything needs to be returned and take it with me, and same on the way back (gee sounds like my house is huge - it's not!) but you see. Time - Essense - no point wasting it.
I'm like this with other areas like blogging, and crafting.... if I can sneak in either I will. I've always got a crafty project on the go at arms length, and thank goodness for WIFI which enables me to read through some fav blogs here and there during the day, but perhaps comment latter on.....
When the kids are showering, I'll clean the bathroom whilst I'm watching them. I'll plan out dinner in stages throughout the day so it's not all prepared at once in the evening. When they are outside playing, I can push swings, comment on trampoline skills, hang out washing and feed the cat - all happy.
In my house, I try to show the kids that chores (read boring) need to be done. So they need to know that ironing gets done, we pack up and take care of our belongings. I also find that by implementing the FMI rule, tasks aren't overwhelming and when one of my babes looks at me with those "melting eyes" holding a much loved (falling apart) copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar*, I take that as an opportunity to sit down and nourish my family.
How do you juggle it all? Do you do things in short bursts or do you like to finish a task once you start.
Do you have any tips to share about managing your time? Please do if you will!
*which is the fav at the moment - the book is literally falling apart and like many of you, i dont even need the book now - it's etched in my memory - probably for like ever!