Life can get very busy when you have a child. Tending to your responsibilities, being a present mom, and just juggling so much often make us feel there is no time left at the end of each day to pursue your dreams and your goals. As unpopular as this may be, it is up to you to make the time for your dreams, otherwise, they will remain that, just dreams!! To get you started, here are 5 simple tips to find the time to pursue your dreams as a busy mom.
Stop chasing perfection
Perfectionism is a characteristic of a person that is always striving for “perfect” and flawlessness in everything. A perfectionist tends to set unrealistic standards for herself and is extremely critical of herself, and concerned regarding others’ evaluations. Perfectionism is often driven by fear of failure and often accompanied by negative thoughts such as indecisiveness, self-doubt, and anxiety. Let us stop putting pressure on ourselves to be the most successful women, the healthiest moms, the prettiest, with the smartest kids, having the cleanest home, and being a badass mom! There is nothing perfect about stretching yourself too thin mama! A part of a mother’s chase for perfection is rooted in what society says a mom “should” be doing. The time to stop trying to measure up to impossible standards is now mama!
Intentionally miss a TV show every day
The trust is that can mindlessly watch 3-5 TV shows every weeknight. If you are a TV person, try missing one of those shows and use that time to work on your dream instead. If the show is roughly 30 minutes long, in a week you can invest 2 and a half hours into your goal/dream. In a month, that would make a total of 10 hours dedicated to your dreams. I do not know about you, but I believe this is doable. Try it, put your timer on for 30 minutes and work! Thank me later (winks).
Wake up 30 minutes earlier
This is something that I started after reading the 5 AM Club book by Robin Sharma, and I have never looked back. Waking up earlier increases productivity because there are minimal distractions if any. This habit was hard, to begin with until I realized that to make 30 minutes early, I had to sleep 30 minutes earlier. Again, you can sacrifice a TV show you watch before bed in order to go to bed early. Believe me, this is a sacrifice worth making. So what will you choose? A TV show or your dream?
I know that the idea of meal prepping can be daunting (I am speaking from experience). With that said, something can be done. Ask yourself “What can I do today to make preparing meals for myself and my family less time-consuming? When I asked myself this question, my response was:
- I can buy peeled and cut vegetables or set one day to peel, cut, and freeze them.
- I can cook for 2 days at a time instead of 7 days. That will still cut my cooking days from 7 to 4.
- I can introduce takeaway/anything goes Friday, where we will order something, go out for dinner as a family, or every man for himself.
- I can ask my husband to cook his faves on some days of the week
Brainstorm what you can start doing in the area of cooking to help you free time that you can channel to your dreams and goals.
Get yourself a Mom Life Coach
A mom life coach can guide you in the process of setting your goals and help you create a plan of action to achieve your goals. A mom life coach will also help you make meaningful changes in your life so that you can overcome overwhelm and get things done. I offer coaching services, click here if you would like for me to get you to make your mommy dreams a reality. You can also grab yourself a copy of Mommy Dreams the journal, which I designed to help you achieve your goals without putting motherhood aside.
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These are my 5 tips to find the time to pursue your dreams as a busy mom. I hope these inspire you to make time for your dreams. However, it all boils down to how badly you want to make your dreams as a mom a reality. Please share your tips on how you are finding the time for your dreams as a busy mom.