It’s real. There are even scientific articles proving its existence. It can be hard to stay on top of things when you have kids to get to school, people to keep alive and are trying to do it all on very little sleep.
If you’re anything like me, you may be looking for ways to stay on top of things and keep mom brain in check. Here are some things that have helped me:
I love lists.
They help me stay focused on what needs to get done, and not forget things. On days when I feel terribly unproductive, I make lists of the things I have accomplished. When my kids were littler, these “got done” lists were comprised of things like: fed baby (5x), did 1 load of laundry, took a shower.
Sometimes I make physical lists and put them where I can see them – aka the fridge or calendar. Other times I rely on an app on my phone. Whichever way I do it, lists help me stay on track so I don’t forget anything.
I love lists so much I have lists for…many, many things. Gift ideas for friends/family, books I want to read, podcasts I want to listen to…basically things that I don’t want to forget about but don’t have time to tackle today.
Planners / Calendars
I still add dates into my phone calendar, but often I forget to check there. Oops.
Personally, I do better when I can glance at a calendar and see an upcoming event. I have a calendar in my room that I check and update regularly, as well as a planner. The calendar gets the basic info – date and time with a name – and the planner gets the more detailed information.
There are a million and one different planners out there, so you can find the one you like best. They range from very detailed to super basic, and you can find all kinds of fun ways to personalize your planner, if that’s your thing. I ordered my favorite planner online, but I also got one from Target that worked really well.
I’ll be honest, I’ve slacked on this one.
But once upon a time (before adding a third child to the family), I had a freezer full of prepped meals that I pulled out and popped in the slow cooker in the morning. This meant that 5 nights out of 7 (at least), there was a hot meal when it was dinner time.
Preparation doesn’t always have to look like freezer meals, or a hot meal every other night. It could be simply taking one day of the week to jot down a simple meal plan, or pulling out the cash needed for eating out, if that’s more your style.
On days where I’m really prepared, I have the kids’ water bottles filled and snacks prepped the night before they’re needed.
However preparation looks like to you, it’s worth it for the result – in other words, the peace of mind you will have knowing that you don’t have to worry!