Moms, you’re busy! The real trick to making the most of your time is recognizing the value of time. Understand that time is a commodity, just as valuable as money. This will help you learn to prioritize your schedule by learning to say “no” to something good in order to say “yes” to something great!
Want to learn how to say “no”? Repeat after me: No!… Too soon?
Ok, pretend you’re asked to volunteer to plan the class party. To say no, gracefully say this: “Thank you for thinking of me, however, for this party I will gladly send cookies instead.”
If your bravery gives out because it’s 5:00, the kids are crying, dinner isn’t started yet and you’re too tired to think straight, just say “Let me think about that and I’ll get back with you.” This buys you enough time to clear your head and answer with what you want to do.
If it’s too late and you’re already over scheduled, try delegating some items on your “to do” list. However, once you do that, you must let it go! Are you singing the theme from Frozen? Let it go, let it go!!!!!!!!!!!
Once you let it go it’s no longer your task. Nor is it your task to instruct on how to do the task.
When I was a new mother for the first time, I noticed that my husband changed the baby’s diaper differently than I did. I had a choice of “correcting” him and alienating him from helping with the baby again or I could let him change the diaper his way, recognizing that the job got done regardless of whether the job was done my way.
Another example when I was a new mother for the first time was when my Mom came to help us. One day she asked me if I prefer the forks facing up or facing down when she loaded the dishwasher. I told her I was so grateful she was loading the dishwasher that she could load it any way she wanted. The goal was to get the dishwasher loaded, validate my Mom’s help, and free myself from doing the chore. Would it have validated my Mom if I had told her how to load the dishwasher? No. My way is not the only way and not necessarily the correct way. Bottom line is to recognize that there is more than one way to do pretty much everything.
Recognize that time is as valuable as money. Saying “no” will buy you time. And delegating only works when you step aside and allow others to bless you.
Hopefully this will help give you some time for important things like growing your relationship with God, nurturing your marriage, raising children who love the Lord. Children who respect authority, property, & others. And children with caring, sharing hearts.
Next week look for more time saving life hacks!
Written By: Dawn Davis, I Am So A Mom Contributor
I am a Faith filled, happy wife, grateful grandmother, craft coach, who wants to make a difference, live for others, & share this journey.
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