I think this must be some sort of record-setting week for me ... TWO blog posts?? Who am I??!!
Well, the truth of the matter is, since I've cut back in other areas of work, I have more time to focus on some of the things that have been neglected - and let me tell you, it feels good. The biggest thing has been the mental shift, and it's so apparent how much I needed that! I've been enjoying more downtime with my littles, relishing in the snuggles without feeling rushed, and just watching my babes run around all messy-haired without a care in the world ... I'm not constantly checking the clock, panicked about fitting everything in during the day or jamming my to-do list with a hundred things more than a normal person can ever get done in a day. Nope, I've slowed down and I'm being very intentional about it (and if you read my last blog post, you know that's a big deal to me this year).
While I'm enjoying this slower pace, I'm definitely still working over here! And I'm still a work-at-home mama which means my juggling act needs to be pretty dialed in if I don't want to squander away my opportunities to be productive. We're trying out something new in our household and it will take some scheduling and organization, but I think we may have found the solution to my issue of not being able to really work without interruptions and distractions. I'm going to take two days each week (okay, I'm starting with half days because, if I'm being honest, it's hard for me to leave the girls all day long to go work) and head out to a coffee shop to get in some good hours of focused work time. I did this last week and we noticed that there were big benefits ... I don't feel distracted the rest of the day by unfinished work, I feel accomplished at the end of the week, and I get a little break from my kiddos which I've learned is vital. Plus, my husband loves being with them and getting quality one-on-two time with his girls, so it truly is a bonus for everyone!
What I'm on the hunt for is something that will help us with scheduling and keeping track of who is where and when - basically a shared calendar app so that we can both see it, update it, and live by it. I feel very fortunate for a flexible schedule, but I crave a routine - I function better that way. So while I enjoy being able to move this/push that, I need structure wherever I can get it. In order to make this work as seamlessly as possible, we both need to be able to access the most up-to-date info for any given day and our paper calendar at home just isn't going to cut it (even though I do love anything paper and miss the days of carrying a planner in my purse!).
Do you have an app that you use for this type of thing? Something that works great for your family? I know there are a bunch out there, but I'd love to try one that someone recommends. I'm open to ideas and would love to hear from you!!
For now, I'm off to play with this little Sheepdog (we are in the growing-out-our-bangs-because-a-trim-every-week-is-too-much-for-this-mama stage lol). ;)