I don’t need to tell you that, as mamas, we wear many hats. That being the case, sometimes our brains can start to feel like mush with all the things begging for our attention. So much so, that it can actually start to be hard to live in the moment with the special people in our lives. Since oftentimes the most memorable things in life are the little things, we at Dwell + Slumber came up with a list of ways to help you live in the moment, even as a mom.
Remember: physical clutter = mind clutter
Not sure about you, but when my house is messy, my mind is messy. Logically speaking, the mess could be ignored as I try to work. But instead, the restlessness swells up to a point where it’s extremely hard to feel at peace working on what would be more important things. It’s at that point that I realize I’m going to get way more done if I put down my work, tidy up a bit, and then pick up where I left off.
I once heard the phrase, “If it takes less than a minute to do, do it now.” If you find yourself in a similar situation like the one painted above, try being intentional about picking up and being productive as you go about your day. Chances are, if your home looks less cluttered, your brain will take a pill and you’ll be able to focus better.
Make time to make time
As silly as this initially sounds, sometimes busy people have to schedule time to have fun.
Hear me out.
To those who tend to tackle work and tasks as they come up or feel like it- you know who you are. This tactic of getting things done may be what comes most naturally to you, but it’ll probably leave you feeling more like a chicken running around with its head cut off than a productive person who can also enjoy her free time. In order to actually carpe diem your free time, you’ll need to learn how to leave future tasks for the future instead of resting on your mind’s backburner.
So, as lame as scheduling and organizing might sound, being able to put other tasks out of your brain because they’re patiently waiting their turn will allow you to be completely present in the moment. And when it’s time to get to work again, simply look at that schedule of yours and knock it out of the park!
Prepare for the unexpected
You’re at the park with your kids, a mom-friend, and her kids. You all just got there but the wind starts blowing, leaves start rustling, and, oh gee, it looks like rain. You’d hate to call off the fun but your house is a mess and it’d be totally embarrassing if they followed you home before you had the chance to fold last week's laundry that’s been chilling on the couch.
You swoop in and save the day by saying, “Hey guys, let’s move the party to our house!” Everyone heads back to your already reasonably-organized but lived-in home and the fun continues. #Momoftheweek.
The moral of the story? By making organization a habit and part of your daily lifestyle, you’ll feel way more prepared for the unexpected to happen! Let the fun commence!
What do you do to prepare for the unexpected?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chelsea Damon is a writer and a mama who is passionate about coffee, joyful marriages, healthy lifestyles, and Dwell + Slumber! You can read more of Chelsea's writing on her blog, Living the Sweet Life.