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As a mom of two, a college student taking six classes, a teacher in training with 45 hours of practicum this semester, and a blogger, you could say I’m pretty busy.
Just kidding, I’m super busy. I’m insanely busy. I’m so busy I dream in checklists.
Being this busy and having so much to do has forced me to really buckle down. While I used to be a very fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type person, since starting this semester I’ve been put under so much stress I’ve had to entirely change my ways. I’ve become more organized and as a result have increased my productivity.
How do I do this? I’ve had to really refocus in order to stay on top of things. It hasn’t been easy and has taken some trial and error, but I can finally say I have figured out the five things I need to do to really stay focused on school as a mom of two.
-Creating a schedule: This is so important. Without a schedule I will go insane and forget everything I need to get done. I keep track of things on my phone in lists, on a huge calendar hanging by my front door, and in a personal planner. I need to be aware of what we have going on everyday so I can make a routine. Having a daily routine helps me to focus in on specific tasks I need to accomplish.
-Taking breaks and making time to relax: While making time for important things is crucial, it’s also important to make time for myself. I need regular breaks so I can recharge my batteries, but also so I don’t lose my mind. Somedays I feel like I’m running around with my head cut off; and that’s why it’s so important for me to give myself a break.
-Delegating tasks to other people: Because I’m so busy and need to run on a schedule, it can be really important for me to delegate tasks to others who can accomplish them. It can feel so good to push something off on someone else, and can give you more time to focus on things that are also important. For example, today we went on a walk to the park while Jake (hubs) stayed home and cleaned the house. Not because I couldn’t clean the house, but because I just couldn’t clean the house. For the last few days I’ve been running on fumes and having an hour to just be a mom was much needed, and very appreciated. Plus who doesn’t love coming home to a clean house and dinner cooking?
-Fitting in quick and easy workouts: Working out has never taken much priority in my life until recently. Because I’m so stressed, I’ve needed to find a medium to work out my stress productively (and to aid in the loss of leftover baby weight). Fitting in quick and easy workouts helps me to feel good physically and mentally. Whether it’s a walk to the park with the kids, a quick jog, or yoga in the living room at 11:30pm, a workout always helps me feel better. And with a clear mind comes the ability to focus.
-Fueling up with a delicious Healthy Choice® Power Bowls + smartwater: Working out and making time for important tasks aren’t the only things that help me to focus on school work as a busy mom of two; so is eating food that fuels my body. Healthy Choice Power Bowls are an excellent way to fill your body with a delicious and balanced meal.
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Each Power Bowl is intentionally created with a delicious balance of vegetables, whole grains, and proteins. These are perfect for a busy mom on the go and are a must-have for any college student.
I’m also a huge fan of smartwater and always have one with me when I’m out and about. Because smartwater is vapor-distilled for purity, inspired by the clouds, with just the right amount of electrolytes for a uniquely clean taste, it’s simply the better choice in bottled water.
Whether you’re in school or not, being on top of the things you need to do is so important for a life well-lived. You need to find things that help you feel focused and prepared, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, college student, or both.