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  • Writer's pictureNyaria Lee

The Busy Mom Diaries: Exhausted.

There's all types of exhaustion but mom exhaustion hit’s different. From the 5 am start of the day to that last spray of Mrs. Meyers, I-AM-BEAT. Monday through Sunday, 24 hours a day, I’m on, strapped and ready for battle. Loaded with a (venti) quad over ice with five pumps of white mocha, I’m ready for whatever the day throws at me. From work to home to child to family, my days consists of cleaning, planning, prepping and activities for my son and I to enjoy.

Two jobs, a dog, homework, after school sports and clubs make it so easy to come home and turn on some good ol trash T.V. (Lately it's been Love After Lock up or Married At First Sight-Nashville) and do absolutely nothing but snack on the couch and cuddle up in my blanket where I can indulge in multiple hours of someone else's "reality".

Although that sounds sooooo good, relaxing and well deserved after my busy day. Neither my obligations, my messy apartment, my jobs, my almost taller than me 11 year old or my mom guilt will allow me to fully indulge in the nonsense for too long.

So what do I need to do? Get my ass up and begin all the tasks that I know will set me up for the next day and be a responsible human (eye roll).

At this point, I'm on my second cup of coffee, have attempted to maintain patience with my child as his medication wears off and as he successfully gets though an IXL lesson that took way longer than it should've.

...Yeah, this is busy mom life.

As much as I hate to admit it and sometimes hate using it, my planner has become my guide and an overall Godsend to my life throughout the week. I won't lie to you, consistency is not my friend and I'm easily bored with routine and repetition but aside from coffee, my planner has been my secret accountability partner and personal paper assistant when I've needed her to be.

With all that being said, one of the ways that I've successfully completed all my tasks in a day, cleaned, organized, spent time with the kid and carved out some time to myself was using my planner daily and more effectively.

Filling it out in the mornings while I have my cup of coffee and an ounce of me time, helps to mentally prepare for the day and remember all the important meetings, check-in's, to-do list that at some point, need to get completed.

In the past, whenever people would say things like "you're amazing at getting all this stuff done" or "I don't know how you do it", prior to using my planner and I mean REALLY using it, I use to think, I really don't know how I do it either to be honest. Now after using my planner, I can see exactly how I do it and how my time management has improved.

So in conclusion and pro tip for the day, Mommas get a planner!

Get one that really helps you; the way you organize your thoughts, how you think and how you use your time. All planners are not created equal and when I was looking for one, I had to find something that helped what best suited me for time management. For my mom brain, having a planner that included 15 and 30 minute increments assisted me in planning my work day, time with my son and included my bad habit of trash tv. I was able to start off tracking my time and use that data to rework what I really wanted to accomplish.

So again momma's, grab a planner!

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