Welcome to happyhealthysane... a resource site for busy parents with school aged kids. I know too well that family life can get crazy. There's just so much to do everyday... and simply not enough hours in the day to do it! Or is there?
Now I'm NOT going to tell you how to organise your life better or suggest tips for improved productivity. I couldn't even if I wanted to. I'm the person that's always deviating from the list. I start a project, then I'm distracted by an article, an image or the sunshine outside. My plans change frequently, but I still seem to get the important things done. I confess that sometimes my kids don't have enough clean clothes and I've been known to start baking when I should be filing. But it's ok... the world doesn't stop and no-one gets hurt in the process. And I'm happy. My family's happy. But it hasn't always been this way.
I used to write long lists, prioritise, then work at an insane pace to get it all done. I was amazing... organised, productive... a real achiever. But I was also miserable, difficult and still didn't get it ALL done. With such high expectations of myself and others, I was impossible to please. It was an illusion of order as my mind was a complete mess and I was constantly dissatisfied. I never gave myself permission to let go and enjoy life. I planned to... just as soon as I was at the end of my list!
If we could fit more in, we'd just be busier. The answer is to let go, share responsibilities so you do less and connect more. Then be ok with the outcome. When you share responsibilities it may not be done the way you would have done it. Be satisfied that YOU didn't have to do it. Trust me when you do, life is so much easier. And when you let go just a little, you make space for wonderful opportunities. If you're always focused on the next task, you'll hurry straight past the great things life has to offer.
I'd like to help by sharing with you. Not my responsibilities (unless anyone really wants to sort through the pile of clothes on my laundry floor), but what I've learned... and am learning along the way. I plan to post articles and ideas on how to create genuine happiness, health and sanity in your life... without having to run off to an ashram (although that would be nice too). And provide tried and tested resources via the website. So I'd also appreciate it if you'd share too... your ideas or questions for future posts. Add comments below or message me. Family life is precious. Make the space to enjoy it.