Most days, I feel overwhelmed trying to tackle my to-do list. Budget. Pay bills. Send thank you cards. Make appointments for the Squish and the Hubs. The list goes on and on. I may be “just” a stay-at-home mom, but I often feel more like I’m running a small business. In fact, I half-jokingly put my career on Facebook as “CEO”, but there’s a lot of truth to that.
I want so badly to everything done, which makes me think I should multitask. I pay bills while I eat, I make phone calls while making food for the Squish, I try to do multiple chores at once. I do it thinking it’ll help me maximize my time during the day, but it never ends up working the way I think it will. At the end of the day, I’m exhausted, overwhelmed, unsatisfied, and, worst of all, I’ve missed opportunities to connect with my husband and my son.
Frankly, I’m tired of living in a state of perpetual distraction. I’ve been trying to make a concerted effort to stop multitasking and to be more present during the day. It’s made a huge difference. Taking things one at a time has made it so I not only get more done, but I also feel more peaceful while doing it. Win-win. It’s still sometimes a struggle, but as with any good habit, it just takes time and consistency to maintain.
Here are some of the ways that have worked for me as I’ve tried to kick the habit of multitasking.
It can be really hard in the busy world we live in to slow down. It’s so worth your mental health to work on taking your day one task at a time, and your family will thank you for it.
What’s a bad habit you’re trying to kick?
I’m a twenty-something LEO wife and stay-at-home mom to a one-year-old little boy. I enjoy writing, reading, taking my son for walks and runs in the stroller, and crafting. My goal is for Love and Blues to be a resource for first responders and their families. I write about marriage and family topics, as well as about the quirks that come with being married to a man in law enforcement, firefighting, or emergency medical services.