It’s been a while since my last post, well mainly because it’s the holy month of Ramadan plus I am currently in Florida, spending time with family. Life is super busy, I tell you! Though I spend hours feeding, bathing, and taking care of Zahra but at the end of the day, I feel empty. Because that is just fulfilling her basic needs and I want to give her more than that. I want to sit down with her and read her books, sometimes I do that before bedtime but I am being honest here, sometimes I skip it. That’s where this blog post comes in action. It’s about tackling that feeling of I want to do it all.
When Jord Watches contacted me, I knew right away that this is what I want to write about & share. My struggle with managing time for my kid & Family. As Zahra is growing up, I want her to know and understand the value of family & have a special bond. But meanwhile, I don’t want to lose out on life as well. I still want to fulfill my dreams & do things that I love to do. Basically, I want to learn & master the art of taking out time for myself meanwhile giving the best to Zahra. By the way, little surprise in the end of the post, so keep reading 🙂
Set Priorities/ Create Time:
Well, obviously I want to manage time to get to the things I love to do, basically creative stuff. Don’t get me wrong I love being a mom and that is the best thing that happened to me. But I am talking about a creative outlet to vent out my feelings & know that I am capable of achieving something, You know what I mean? Some days I know Zahra needs more of my time & that is okay. Being a mother we are blessed to understand our kids inside/out. Those days she is my priority. On the other hand, there are days when I can steal some time for my blogging photography while she is napping or while playing with her grandparents. So, basically a win- win & prioritizing smartly.
Learn to Single Task:
There are days I don’t like to multi- task. I try to focus on one chore at a time. If I am cooking, I would put my phone aside and focus on cooking and get it done in an hour. Rather than dragging it for hours. For some people, multitasking really works but I have noticed it really divided your attention. While doing my flatlay photography, It’s impossible for me to have Zahra around, I tried that one day & I simply couldn’t focus, it was a disaster lol.
Every time we shift gears, we lose valuable time refocusing, says Jeff Brown, Psy.D., a cognitive-behavioral psychologist at Harvard Medical School
So meanwhile, I am in Florida & a bunch of you have asked how do I manage to take good pictures & still post while traveling. It’s all about time management. I don’t have any of my props here with me. And I was seriously worried about taking pictures but I try to make use of the stuff that I have. You find the perfect lighting and you click. On the other hand, I took some photos before leaving Toronto, so I don’t have to lose my mind on what to post. Future planning is important and has worked even with writing blog posts. For past two weeks, I have not been able to post stuff & that’s okay. But I had already written points down of what I wanted to write, the topics, the main points. So basically, when Zahra falls asleep, I can sit in dark writing a blog post (Current Situation) lol. Make a list of the topics you want to post everywhere and slowly, gradually build the content for it. Listing & writing down works with every task, this is not only applicable to blogging.
Asking for help:
When I get up in the morning, there are days when hubby would make breakfast. I would open the dishwasher and find it empty because he already unloaded the dishes. These are little gestures but they show care & sometimes this is all you need. Someone to warm up your coffee & bring it to you. Having a helping, supportive spouse or family is a great blessing. Always appreciate the small things because they are actually the big things, that matter. Life is made up of these moments. But this is not the case always, I know there are days when there is piles of laundry, loads of dishes in the sink, burning food on the stove, sticky floors, crumbs on the carpet & a screaming baby on the high chair. But life goes on, grab a piece of chocolate or few spoons of ice cream & ask for some help. Sometimes, it’s extremely overwhelming & you can rely on a spouse, sister, friend or family member to share your feelings or for a helping hand. & remember, your babies won’t be this tiny forever. lol
Lower Your Expectations:
Stop being so hard on yourself, seriously. I remember there were days when I was exhausted by constant cleaning & cooking. It’s okay if your house was a mess for a few days, completely not the end of the world. It’s better than a kid tugged to your leg while you are trying to do the dishes. (true story) Either, I will ask my husband to take her or I will leave the dishes. Yup, holding her is better than me grinding my teeth while doing the dishes & hoping she would miraculously stop crying.
Knowing that these tips could help you guys even a tiny bit, makes me super happy. Managing & creating time for yourself leads to happiness & self-contentment. Happy you means a happy household. Now coming towards the best part, Jord watches giveaway! Jord Wood Watches are not just manufacturing watches, they are making moments count.
The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.
I am so excited and honored to partner with Jord Wood Watches to give away a $100 gift code for your favorite watch! and as a bonus, just for entering you will receive a $25 code! Basically for FREE.
The contest will run until June 25, 2017, & Coupon Codes expire on September 30, 2017.
Lots of Love! Good Luck!