Being a working mum is hard! Leaving the house to go to work can be a mixture of emotions. Leaving the kids behind, feeling rushed, unappreciated and exhausted all before 7:30am isn’t quite the work/life blend lifestyle that you once imagined you’d have. By beginning the day with a positive mindset and a solid plan can help you to make conscious decisions that will change all this. Here are 10 things that every working mum should do before she leaves the house to go to work.
1. Make time for YOU
Self care is the single most important thing that a working mum can do for herself. We, the mum, are the barometer of our family and when we are calm, centered and fulfilled, then so are our family members. I’ve learnt that self care on a weekday may mean that I have to get up earlier, but I’ve learned to love that time. Try going for a 10 minute walk, having a cup of tea in the morning sun or reading. Thank the universe for this time you’ve taken for yourself and let yourself fill with warmth and gratitude. Now you’re ready to start your day.
2. Revise your to-do list
Organised mums are calm and efficient mums. Try creating to-do lists of an evening before bed and revise the list in the morning. Decide on which tasks you can get done earlier in the day and which tasks you can delegate to other people. Preparation is the key to getting shit done.
3. Have breakfast
Something is always better than nothing. Sometimes we can afford to sit and eat with the kids, and other times we are running out the door with a piece of dry toast hanging out our mouths. Eating gives us fuel for the first leg of the day and it’s super important! So don’t skip it!
You’ll feel 100% once you’ve had a shower and cleaned your teeth. The unachievable suddenly becomes achievable when you feel fresh and fragrant. Now you’re ready to conquer anything. The act of cleansing can be the most invigorating and motivating task of the day!
5. Kiss, cuddle and say ‘I love you’
Smother your kids in love and leave them with the lingering knowledge of how much you love them. Leaving the house and going to work can be emotional for everyone so it’s important that everyone understands that you leaving for the day doesn’t change how you feel about them. Don’t forget hubby too!
6. Use powerful and positive words
Set an inspirational tone for your family by inquiring into your kids and hubby’s goals and aspirations for the day. Engage in positive conversation with each of them about the day ahead, and do so with enthusiasm and excitement. By taking extra interest, you’ll ensure that your little ones will feel secure and positive about their day ahead, and love that you’ve taken the time to talk with them about it. Take opportunities to do this with the kids as you dress them, do their hair or give them breakfast.
7. Complete the ‘master tasks’ as you go
‘Master tasks’ (as I like to call them) include making the beds (the single most important to-do item for any day), wiping the bathroom vanity, clearing dishes/stacking the dishwasher and putting stray clothes in the laundry hamper. Doing these simple and quick jobs will help to keep the master areas of your home clutter-free. There’s nothing better than walking into a tidy kitchen and bathroom at the end of a long day!
8. Remain calm
There will likely be enough stress and panic coming up during your day at work, so remain calm at home. Kids can pick up on the slightest annoyance or anxiety, so try to calm the farm. The home should be a place of peace and love.
9. Make a time-promise
Let your kids know what you’re looking forward to doing with them later that day. Kids love to know what’s coming and giving them something to look forward to, is a wonderful way to part with them in the morning. A time-promise can be as simple as going for a walk to the park, reading a special book or making dessert together. After a long day away from each other, prioritising and following through with that quality time is so important. Don’t forget to make a promise for hubby too 😉
…and make it a big one! Smile at yourself, the neighbours, the kids and the realisation that your day is going to be amazing. All that you do is worth it, and that alone should make you smile the biggest smile you have.
Imagine the difference that doing these things can make for you and your family. By becoming more efficient, thoughtful and positive in your morning routine, you will begin to create a harmonious environment for you and your family. Give it a try!