The Rule of Ten
Life can become so overwhelming sometimes in that we have so much to do and don’t even know where to begin. It may be that chores are piling up and you find yourself bringing tasks home from work. When you find yourself stuck, try to think of your time in the short-term instead of becoming overwhelmed by everything you have on your plate.
Commit to taking on life in ten-minute increments when you get overwhelmed. Ten minutes may not seem like a lot, but when you really commit to focusing for that period of time, you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish. The wonderful thing is, you can apply “the ten minute rule” to so many things as a mother and wife.
Where do you begin? Well mama, we think you should begin with yourself! You are always juggling the different commitments you have and prioritizing everyone above yourself. If we were to take a guess, we’d say that it’s been awhile since you put yourself first. So even if it’s only ten minutes a day, take time for yourself! Read a magazine or book, call a friend and catch up, meditate or something else that you find relaxing.
Connect with your children. Parenting can be a very demanding job, and sometimes we forget to slow down and actually spend true quality time with our little ones. Put your phone down, turn off the TV and spend ten minutes (or more!) to play, talk and ask questions about their day. P.S.: if your kids are in school, homework doesn’t count as quality time!
Connect with your partner. We know that it can be easy to put your kids first or your job first, but don’t forget about your partner. Set your alarm for ten minutes earlier to spend time waking up together and talking about the day ahead of you. In the evenings you can cook together or take ten minutes to read together, unwind from your day or even tackle chores together.
Tackle household chores. It doesn’t take long for the laundry or dishes to pile up, for the toys to spread out and for the kitchen table to become the number one place to set anything down. Take a deep breath and commit ten minutes to a chore. You’ll be surprised how much you can complete when you really focus and actually commit to being aware of what you accomplish in such a short time.
One last note is goal setting. Take at least ten minutes each day to set, reach or assess a goal. Time has a way of getting away from us, so tally your progress over time so you can celebrate everything you achieve. As always, we are here to be of support to you. Please contact us anytime Care@theollieworld.com.