by: Mary Segers

Even Moms Deserve Time for Themselves.

Yes, I said Moms deserve time for themselves.

Moms deserve time for themselves
Moms deserve time for themselves

I know, I know it… it seems so counter intuitive to our goal of getting things done.

We feel downright guilty if we even THINK moms deserve time away from the house and family… if we spend out time doing anything other than cooking, cleaning, and laundry.

Read this Shine article titled Not guilty: Reasons for moms to spend time alone

Everything she says in that article is so true and I’m here to tell you it is not only do moms deserve time for themselves but that the time invested in themselves will pay off in the long run in not only a better mood but a better all-around attitude which will translate to a happier family.

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by: Mary Segers

To Be a Better Mom Has to be a Universal Goal

Making time for myself made me a better mom
Making time for myself made me a better mom

But…  are you frustrated because you just don’t know how to quit snapping at your family. You’d like to get up and fix them breakfast but you can’t seem to drag yourself up. You want to clean the house but can’t seem to find the energy. Does it seem like you’re run down on a constant basis from all the giving, giving, giving you do?

That may be more true than you realize. Read this article titled Do moms get to have any alone time?

When was the last time you allowed yourself time just for yourself. You weren’t responsible for wiping any tushies, washing a load of clothes, or wiping up spilled milk.

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by: Mary Segers
Quit being mentally stressed out
Quit being mentally stressed out

Mentally Stressed Out?

Have you ever had a day when you were just downright cranky all day long for no apparent reason?

Hey, we’ve all been there.

Has your family ever told you that you made them feel bad for snapping so bad at them.

Been there too.

Have you felt guilty because you know your kids are going to remember you as the grouchy mom.

It’s tough, isn’t it? You work all day around other people then you come home to care for those you care about most and yet you can’t seem to help jumping down their throats.

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by: Mary Segers

Are you mentally stressed out?

Frazzled cook needs to quit being mentally stressed out
Quit being mentally stressed out – Mary Segers

If you’re like the vast majority of Moms, procrastination at dinner time sure doesn’t help things any, does it?

You’ve rushed around during the day hardly pausing to think about what’s for dinner. It crosses your mind a few times and you promise yourself you’ll think about it in little while when you’re not so busy.

Finally, it comes to the time of day that you can no longer push the question aside.

Procrastination is no longer an option… you have hungry people with knives staring you down.

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Problems Nontraditional Student
Problems Nontraditional Student
by: Mary Segers

Nontraditional Students

Face many home time management problems. Having been one for many years I know from first-hand experience. There are, however, ones that are pretty common across the board. It seems that many nontraditional students face problems with:

  • Failure to Plan in Advance
  • Not Cooking Efficiently Not Utilizing Menus Trying to Do All Housework by Yourself Pushing Laundry Aside Until the Weekend Not Taking Time to Create Schedules Failing to Manage Your Time Wisely

    Each of these is problematic by itself, but when you combine several, it can make life as a nontraditional student downright miserable.

    Nontraditional Student Problem #1: Failure to Plan in Advance

    Simply put… failing to plan is planning to fail. Without planning in advance you’re running around. This is a waste of  time that could have been put to good use.

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by: Mary Segers
Keep Laundry From Piling Up
Keep Laundry From Piling Up

To Keep Laundry From Piling Up Is My Greatest Wish

Is something I hear a lot. I don’t really understand the reason WHY laundry backs up in the first place.

Look at the picture above. The first thing that comes to my mind is aren’t we lucky we don’t have to live like that? Yet why do we sometimes have the mentality that we do.

Why is it so hard for some people… maybe even YOU… to tackle this little chore on an as-needed basis instead of pushing it aside day after day. Why do we dread it so? Why do we go at it alone?

Listen, laundry is something we’re going to have to deal with all our lives. Isn’t is worth taking a little time and learning to deal with it in the best, most efficient way possible? Isn’t it worth taking the time to learn some strategies and then how to implement those strategies.

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by: Mary Segers
Get Laundry Done Without Ruining Your Weekend
Get Laundry Done Without Ruining Your Weekend

How Do I Get Laundry Done?

One of the most common complaints I hear is “There MUST Be a Better Way to Get Laundry Done”! It can literally feel like you’re drowning in laundry… kind of how the picture above looks.

In many households dirty laundry piles up until the weekend.

This is CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then your whole weekend is finished… shot… deleted.

Or… during the week clothes may get washed because some particular article of clothing is desired and it’s a waste NOT to wash a whole load. But then the load is never actually put up.

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With the proper home time management mindset you can create those stress-free mornings you desire, dream of, and deserve. Here are two of the changes that have worked for many parents, including myself, to get themselves and their kids ready for the next day which will…in turn…ease those morning struggles.

When It Comes to Time Management and Students
One of the most difficult things in the world to master is that of creating a sustainable plan…you know one that will provide the best chance at survival especially if you are…as I was…a nontraditional student.

I mean…let’s face it…we start out with the most honest and honorable intentions…I’m going to get up early and study (or stay up late to study). Or, how about this…my favorite…I’m going to spend this whole weekend studying.

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Oh, Life Can Be Tough

For a 6 year old who can’t wear the ultra-cool looking shoes that all his friends can wear.

You know the ones…they light up and have the absolute coolest designs on them.

Life would be so perfect…or at least a whole lot better…if you could just wear those cool shoes.

Why did he have to patiently explain this to his Mom…who should know all this stuff?

Meet Jeremiah…

Who’s 6 years old, in Kindergarten, suffers from asthma, has very flat fat feet, and is my second born grandson.

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If You Ask My Expert Opinion

I’d say there are at least 5,792 ways to achieve that tenuous and ever-changing balance between family obligations and college commitments but, due to time, space, and attention constraints, we’ll only cover a few of them.

As One of My Mentors Aptly Stated

You must master your time rather than becoming a slave to the constant flow of events and demands on your time. And you must organize your life to achieve balance, harmony, and inner peace.~ Brian Tracy

As That Statement Suggests

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Baking Has Never Been Real Big At My House

But that’s only because of the time involved. It was an optional activity…one to do if I found the time…not to mention the energy.

One thing I tried was making a baking basket with all my baking needs in it. Anything that had to do with baking found its home there…vanilla, brown sugar, flours, baking powder, any nuts specially bought for baking, and mixer.

This helped. It made it slightly easier to bake because I could just pull out that one basket instead of looking in this cabinet and that one.

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Pairing tasks which require mental concentration with those that I could do while semi-conscious is the only effective form of multitasking that I can do. I’ve tried doing it the “grown up way” (i.e., several things at once without regard to what I’m about to share with you) but I didn’t get more tasks actually done, I just got more tasks started.
The Old Consensus was that if you were a multitasker you were a super-efficient individual who could do 23 things at one time with one arm tied behind your back and a baby clinging to one leg. I used to hear about all that multitaskers could do and think to myself that that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Do you ever find yourself among the zombies walking through the grocery store looking like you’ve just been raised from the dead? There You Are…desperately searching for what it is you’ll take home to feed your starving children and spouse. You walk through the store and have to constantly remind yourself to keep your arms at your side…not out in front of you.