Many women feel that the countless responsibilities they have each day are like trying to manage a very tricky juggling act. If they drop one ball their entire act is a failure.
The key though, is to consider how many of these balls or responsibilities are really necessary to make the act effective. When you feel the need to let one of the balls or responsibilities go, do it without guilt. Then determine if it should have been there in the first place.
Remember even the professional juggler can only handle so many balls in their juggling act. By adding just one more than he can handle, he risks dropping all of them. Reducing your responsibilities will make you feel less like the stressed juggler and more like a balanced mom.
Action Step for this week…
Write down all the balls you are juggling presently. Ask yourself if you believe you are juggling them successfully. If just the thought of all your responsibilities overwhelm you, then it is time to consider which balls you can drop or look at managing in a more effective way.
For example, to help me juggle more effectively, shortly after both my kids went to school, I requested to work nights in my nursing job. Juggling the balls of 12 hour days, after school child care, homework and lunches were exhausting me. Working nights allowed me to sleep when the kids were in school, be home when they got off the bus and be available for homework. Juggling the balls became easier.
This is just one example of how you may be able to more successfully juggle responsibilities. The clients I work with have individual situations and unique goals. Together we look at their “hot spots” or areas of stress and see what changes may be able to be made.
It is important to remember that no matter how overwhelming your situation may appear, there are always other options and choices that can be made.
So, take a look at your juggling skills this week. Do you feel successful at it or are all your balls ready to come crashing down?
If you are feeling drained and exhausted, it is time to examine what choices you may have or changes that can be made. It might include, delegating some responsibilities, hiring a housecleaner, taking a daily walk, saying NO to requests of your time, cutting back on hours of work, deciding to go back to work, hiring a coach, going to see your doctor, spending more time with friends….. The list is endless as to the ways and choices you have to make yourself more effective at juggling and balancing daily life.
Spend some time this week at assessing your own skills and don’t add another ball unless you have a hand to spare!
Article written by Peggy Porter-The Success Coach for Mom Entrepreneurs
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Peggy Porter is a coach, author and speaker. Peggy is known as The Success Coach for Mom Entrepreneurs and helps them plan, prioritize and be more productive so they can make more money in their business, spend more quality time with family and bring more energy and less stress to their own lives. In her fr*ee report The 3 Essential Keys to Mom Entrepreneur Success found at www.peggyporter.com , Peggy shows Mom Entrepreneurs what is needed to have a successful family and successful business, at the same time!