Last night, 15 minutes before my 7-year-old daughter's bedtime, she reminded me that we forgot to study for the next day's spelling quiz. Meanwhile, my 2-year-old son was fighting a 102-degree fever, and my husband was on his way out the door to run a work call that would keep him out past midnight. Before leaving, my husband practiced spelling words with my daughter and I fed my son a teaspoon of fever-reducer. By the time I got the kids to sleep and myself into pajamas, there was still laundry to fold, dishes to load and work e-mails to answer.
This is my life. Unscheduled events pop up hourly. Who has time to be a sex kitten of a wife when you're trying out for world's best mom, employee of the month and domestic goddess extraordinaire? (Forget keeping yourself happy, manicured and in shape.) I have struggled with finding balance since the moment I became a mom. It's only been in the past few years that I've learned how to make little changes that create big differences when it comes to creating balance in my life. How To Be A Mother, A Wife—And Yourself
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Here are five tips for balancing the five most important things in your life:
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1. Exercise as soon as you wake. If I want to keep a sense of well-being, exercise is a must. The only way I can make sure it happens is by waking 45 minutes earlier than everyone else to squeeze in a 30-minute walk or jog. Fitting your workout into your morning positively impacts your entire day.
2. Don't check your e-mail before your day begins. If you are someone who sleeps with your cell phone on your nightstand so that you can check e-mails, texts or Facebook newsfeeds before getting out of bed, you need more help than this list can give you. Immediately plugging into other people's questions, comments or status updates disrupts whatever it is you're doing. Starting the morning with a series of disruptions will only result in your day going south before it has even begun.