My face when I think about all of the stuff I have on my plate:
Soccer practices, laundry, vacuuming, lawn care, writing IEPs, doing lesson plans- WITH common core state standards listed on them in the classroom, dishes, teaching, cooking suppers, going to meetings, spending time with my husband and kids, exercising, spending time with friends, parties/ celebrations/ family obligations…the list could go on and on and ON!
So, how are we supposed to keep a leg up, stay above the quicksand, keep our sanity??
Take one thing at a time. Sounds simple, but it’s the God’s honest truth. You are 1 person and can only do 1-2 things at a time well. So, start by making a list of everything that needs to get done. Then, prioritize it! Look at that list and see if anyone else can help you out (send your son/daughter to soccer with a teammate, have a kid do housework, have family come over to help with the yard work…). Contact those people to set them up and then CROSS THOSE ITEMS OFF!
After that, make a list of things that you like to do. It is important to make sure you schedule in time for what makes you happy…otherwise, what are we working so hard for?
Finally, start at the top of your priority list and do 1 thing at a time (ok, you can probably vacuum WHILE you run a load of laundry). When you are done with each item, cross it off…it feels REALLY good, trust me!
When your priority list is done do at least 1 thing from your list of what you like to do…you’ve earned it!
And, above all else…BREATHE! You’ve got this!!