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How I Juggle Life as A Working, Blogging, Pregnant Mum, Wife And Everything Else

Posted on the 21 January 2015 by Alex_bumptobaby @bumptobaby_blog
It's no secret that life seems to speed up once you become a parent. Everyday I get into bed at night and think "Wow, is that really another day gone?!" Time seems to slip away and it can be hard to juggle and fit in everything that life throws at you daily. I'm no expert on time management and sometimes I let the pressure get to me and I need a good old cry, just like probably most other Mums do at some point. But I wanted to write this post to point out the things that do help me stay on top of the sheer craziness that can sometimes be life! 
How I Juggle Life as A Working, Blogging, Pregnant Mum, Wife And Everything Else
  • Remembering that it's so much better to be busy than to be bored Remembering this every now and again always makes me feel SO much better. I'm one of those people that absolutely cannot stand to have nothing to do, so when I'm moaning about how busy I am, I remind myself of what it feels like to be utterly bored and it usually quickly puts things into perspective for me! 

  • Writing things down in either my diary or on the reminders or notes app on my phone I'm not going to pretend that I am super organised, because I'm just not like that. But at the start of this month I pulled out my new Cath Kidston diary for 2015 and I promised myself I was going to start using it. And the main reason why I made that promise to myself is because if I don't get stuff out of my head and onto paper, my head just may one day explode! Since I've started writing everything down, I've felt SO much better and it means it's okay if I forget something - as it's written down! For blogging I use spreadsheets to keep on top of any work I have. My Husband Adam got me into using spreadsheets and though I was at first reluctant, I couldn't be without them now! 

  • Accepting that it's perfectly fine to recruit some help from time to time - These days I just don't get the time or sometimes even have the energy to do odd jobs around the house and garden and with Adam also working for a company AND working for himself, he rarely has the time either. Sometimes it's more beneficial for us time wise and sometimes financially to pay someone to help us out. We don't have a cleaner or a cook (sadly), but we're happy to use sites like: care.com to find occasional household help and pet care. You can also find help with childcare, but we're lucky in that Ethans Grandma is more than happy to help us with that - thankfully! We're actually paying someone who is at our house right now, sorting out all of the front garden bushes and our driveway, because it's not something that we'll ever get around to doing! 

  • Prioritising - It's so easy to have a list full of a million things that you need to do and to go on to pick what is the best thing to do from the list or the easiest, when really if you're short for time the best way to manage that list is to simply prioritise! I've never been great at this, but I'm slowly learning how to do it and I now realise that it's sort of the only way!

  • Remembering that I am only human and that I am a Mum first - If I don't get things on the list done because I've spent what seems like most of the day playing trains with Ethan - well then that's okay! I'm a Mum first after all, and making him happy is never not time well spent! If something on the list has taken far longer than I thought it would and hasn't left any time for anything else on the list, then that is also okay - these things happen and there's only so much one person can do in a day! Remembering this helps me stop myself getting stressed our needlessly.
Life is busy as a parent but I wouldn't have it any other way, would you?! :)
How I Juggle Life as A Working, Blogging, Pregnant Mum, Wife And Everything Else
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