If it’s in your head, it’s easy to think it’s larger than it really is. Take the time to write down all the things that you need to do during the day. Do you need to go to the grocery store?
Does the oven need cleaning? Is it time for a spring clean? This not only helps you visually see everything you need to do but it will also prevent you forgetting to do something.
Is there one thing that you need to complete before any of the others? Make sure this is completed first.
Organise your tasks in priorities so that it isn’t too bad if you don’t get through everything.
Do you really need to do everything yourself? Your partner may be at work but what about the children? Look at the list and see if there are tasks that your children can do.
For example, toddlers can dust while older children vacuum the floors. You will soon find that your to-do list gets done and you have time to put your feet up.
Never try to do everything at once. While many women can multitask, you need to focus your attention on one thing at once to get it finished!
Of course, while you’re waiting for the washing machine to finish, you can get on with another task on your list.
Don’t move onto the next task though until the one you’re doing is complete (or you’ve done as much as you can for that moment in time).
You will feel a sense of satisfaction when you do this, knowing that the task is complete.
If your children are helping, allow them to cross of the task they have done so they get that same sense of completion. This also prevents you from doing it again later in the day thinking that it was half done.
If you think about new tasks during the day, add them to the bottom of the list.
They may need moving onto the next day but it makes sure you stick to your list and get through everything you know is more important.
You don’t have to get through all the tasks that day. The cleaning really can wait another day (unless you have friends or family coming over!).
Take a break now and then and put your feet up. Just five minutes will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the tasks again.