If you are a stay-at-home mom like me, it is easy for people to think you have all the time in the world. What could you possibly be doing all day, anyhow?! Right now I am at the point where I can’t add one single responsibility to my day.
Does this resonate with you?
Have you found yourself loosing your balance and becoming overwhelmed? Do you need to reestablish your level of commitments?
Whether you work outside your home, work-from-home, care for your family and homeschool, you know that it doesn’t take much to become overcommitted. How to keep balanced is a question we all need to ask before we become stressed when we fill our plate to overflowing.
6 Strategies for Keeping Your Balance When You’re Overcommitted
Just do the next thing. When I have too much to do, my vision gets cloudy. I don’t know where to start. I can’t distinguish priorities because suddenly everything seems urgent. The best place to start is by just doing the next thing. Be methodical and intentional.
Make a To-Do-List. The five or ten minutes it takes to make a list of all the things you need to do will help you to stay balanced.
Don’t skip your Quiet Time. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again and again. Don’t miss your Quiet Time. When you find yourself with too much on your plate, skipping your time with the Lord will not help you maintain your balance. In fact, it will be the one thing that will subtly start to tip you over the edge.
Face your responsibilities. Running in the other direction through dwaddling more time away on social media, watching You Tube or TV, will only intensify the stress you are feeling. You may at some point need to resign if you have taken on too much or need to step back because of pregnancy or a new baby, but in the meantime, face your responsibilities and by all means stay off social media until your work is done for that day.
Are you getting enough rest? I have always burned the candle at both ends of the stick. I love getting the most out of every single minute God has given me. Thing is, this usually backfires on me. As the day wears on, I become less productive and my clarity starts fogging up. I would do better going to bed than trying to eek out another hour or two.
Just say “No!!” When you have reached the point that you have enough on your plate, back out of responsibilities before you lose your balance and margin. In other words, just say, “No!!” You might be worried about what people will think. You just might need to set boundaries on how many commitments you have. You will be glad that you did.
I have reached my limit for involvements both offline and online. In order to keep balanced, I must guard against overcommitments.
Are you keeping your balance with commitments? What strategies do you need to use to keep your balance?
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