Updated: May 17
Being a mom with a full-time job is busy. But, the truth is there are many busy women out there, children or not! And as a woman it is often expected of you to help out and pitch in or volunteer any time help is needed. This isn't a bad thing. In fact, I will be the first one to admit that I have a problem saying "no." I enjoy saying yes and helping out!
But, what I've learned is that the more I say "yes" the more stressed I am. When I say yes to everything, I don't take into account all the extra events that pop up throughout the week relevant to my already mapped out priorities. Don't get me wrong, I love helping friends and family and often find myself volunteering to help without being asked but I'm finding myself burned out and needing to find some boundaries in life.
For example, say I already know that I will have my regular work commitments this week along with shuttling the kids to three or four activities. When you add in your "me" time whether that's working out, reading, meal prepping, or chilling on the couch it doesn't really allow much time leftover. Add in two events or tasks you've committed to and then some unexpected situations and you've got yourself an overloaded schedule. Here are questions to ask yourself before you commit
How often is this commitment ?
Who is counting on me?
How strict are the deadlines and due dates?
Can you easily be replaced or is this a long term project?
To summarize, helping each other is what makes us a stronger better community, but if you aren't taking the time for your family and for yourself you won't have any left to give to those around you. We hope this article gives you some points to consider when committing to to your next project.