By Lisa LaMaitre
Health Writer, Wellness Presenter, Lifestyle Adviser, Business Owner
7 Traits of an organised mum
I was an untidy kid. Then something happened on school camp, aged 11, and I returned from a week in the wilderness tidy! I’ve grown up with a reputation for being organised.
For me, being organised includes:
- On schedule
I manage three businesses as well as a household. If I don’t keep track of what I’ve got on, I let a lot of people down very quickly. I’m an old-school pen and paper kind of person, but whatever works for you to keep track of your schedule is the best way to help you keep track and time of your daily commitments.
This is a trick I picked up a few years ago. I ‘chunk’ like tasks together. How?
- I coordinate all my errands to be done on one afternoon.
- I have one session a week in the home office to keep on top of admin, bills and filing.
- Look at the activities and tasks you regularly undertake and see what tasks you can chunk together. This single chunking skill saves me a lot of time and helps me to prioritise tasks.
As business coach Brian Tracy teaches – eat your frog! Tracy isn’t talking about becoming an amphibian aficionado but about prioritising your most important tasks and getting them done first.
Some days it might be the laundry – especially if it’s been raining for a week and the family’s been unwell. Other days it’s going to be heading to the school play.
Realistically, we can usually check off only a few things a day. So ask yourself what will help you move forward, and get that done first.
- Boundary Rider
Life often gets in the way of our best laid plans and we end up having to juggle multiple
commitments at once.
Allocating set work, self and family time is what I think most mums would love to achieve.
You might sound like a harridan to your team, family and friends at the start, but once you set boundaries they rarely need to be enforced.
Ask yourself what are the most important parts of your day, and then set boundaries around them.
Is it daily exercise, set bed times for the kids, the family being together each night, working for set hours each afternoon?
What do you need to keep control of your and your family’s needs and start setting boundaries around these?
- Bye Bye
What can you let go of? Where are you wasting your time and energy? What can you outsource to a family member, friend or professional? We all only have so much energy and time in our day. By letting go of tasks and situations that aren’t serving us, we create more time for the things that are important to us. We end up with fewer things to manage, more time for our priorities and less stress in our days.
If we were building a house we would have a set of plans to build the house, but few of us plan our daily lives with such care and details. Research shows that people who plan and write down their goals are significantly more likely to be successful in their lives.
When was the last time you sat down and did some planning for yourself and your family?
- Fill your well
What I’ve learned over the years is that nothing happens in my world if I’m not happy and healthy. We all need to take time for ourselves and create habits that support us to be and feel our best.
Rose is a Fit Busy Mum of 3 fit kids. She aims to empower mums who are time poor. She acknowledges that mums are ‘busy’ but tries to inspire them to regain their fitness through simple everyday habits that she promotes through her book ‘The Fit Busy Mum: Seven habits for success’. Visit www.thefibusymum.com.au